The proliferation of enterprise IoT has redefined the way people complete everyday tasks, especially when it comes to working. Mobile devices have ushered in a new era of doing business, creating an explosion in the number of connections to support an increasingly agile workforce. And while it’s important to have a strategy to support these devices, business leaders must also be cognizant of the implications a failed strategy can have on the organization and its budget. As IoT continues to expand in the future, enterprises must optimize the way in which their technology environments are managed to ensure success.
Business Insider Intelligence forecasts there will be more than 64 billion IoT devices by 2025. Combined with the impending implications of 5G on the enterprise, there are four main challenges facing businesses as they look to support the workforce of the future:
- Program complexity continues to rise as initiatives expand in scope and asset base, making multiple programs challenging to comprehend. As organizations look to adapt to changing strategies that support new mobile and IoT initiatives, there is an influx in the number of devices being managed both domestically and globally. To maintain organizational flexibility, the enterprise of the future must deploy software and services that allow it to centralize its view of technology programs and plans. In doing so, leaders are able to better understand and optimize the way that usage is driving cost across all vendors.
- CIOs and CFOs are experiencing more pressure than ever to pursue IoT and digital transformation initiatives. To successfully develop IoT and digital transformation strategies, enterprises must manage and reinvest potential savings to reduce the cost impact. Finding these savings, however, is a challenge in itself. Centralizing device information across programs allows leaders to better understand how usage is impacting cost and identify redundancies and opportunities to reallocate budget to other initiatives.
- CTOs are juggling a multitude of factors when implementing a successful program that both supports business objectives and ensures mobile security. The importance of mobile to the enterprise rests at the center of any digital transformation initiative. Whether the organization is looking to enhance its fixed or cloud capabilities, program success often hinges on mobile capabilities. And while many workers utilize personal technology to conduct business, CTOs must ensure all initiatives adhere to regulatory mandates and solve for potential security and governance issues to support the productivity benefits delivered by these devices.
- Automation and AI will play a major role in enterprise solutions in the future, but leaders must understand when to best implement the technology to support their initiatives. The next evolution of work will be largely defined by the way emerging technology is implemented into strategies and initiatives across the organization. Through centralizing the entire enterprise technology ecosystem into a unified view, automation can help accelerate business processes and eliminate the potential for human error, allowing teams to focus on more important, strategic tasks for the organization. Providing a holistic view for systems powered by AI across fixed, mobile, and cloud ensures automated tasks are being completed with all programs in mind, enhancing the way the enterprise implements technology to achieve its goal.
Looking toward the future, workforces will require mobility programs that fit the way they choose to do business. Enterprises must find ways to support this agility and ensure that initiatives are pursued strategically and cost-effectively. Leaders of today need a powerful, flexible solution to manage the new wave of technologies transforming their businesses today – and in the digital future of tomorrow.
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