byKatieBall05-10-201208:48 AM - edited 05-10-201208:48 AM
In a recent post discussing last week’s Forrester CIO Forum, one of the major topics highlighted at the event was how mobility in the workforce is rapidly becoming mainstream—and the challenges the mobile enterprise presents to CIOs and IT organizations. With explosive mobile growth continuing into the foreseeable future, businesses not embracing the mobile workforce are in serious danger of being left behind.
By 2016, smartphones, tablets and other devices will put the power of information in the hands of more than a billion consumers and businesses worldwide. This, in turn, will put enormous pressure on IT to revamp and rethink its mobile strategy—from procurement and development to security and applications.
For example, today there are more than 120 million tablet users in the workforce taking advantage of more than 500,000 apps. By embracing this emerging system of mobile engagement, CIOs will help to empower their employees, customers, and partners with new, creative, innovative applications and products.
One area where mobility is gaining traction and adoption is in the file sharing and collaboration space. The cloud is purpose-built for boundary-less mobile engagement including sending, sharing, syncing and storing large files and documents, enabling anytime access to critical business information across the extended enterprise. Workers do not want to have to worry about not getting access to their content if you are not connected to a wireless connection. You cannot always VPN in; you need to be able to access your content when you need it at a moment’s notice.
To be successful moving forward, CIOs need to devise comprehensive plans for delivering their companies’ mobile strategy and capabilities—or risk the consequences.