Work and mobile technology are inseparable. Imagine your professional life without your mobile phones and tablets—you’ll be lost in space, in a vacuous fissure and information-deprived. Somehow, this has become as much of a staple as food or water. A day without sending an SMS or email is like a day of seclusion from reality. Simple statements like these have prompted major developments within the mobile platform. But no one expected things to happen so fast or to span such a large extent.
Zendesk.com noted that “By 2016, the number of mobile apps downloads are estimated to reach 44 billion and the worldwide online app market is expected to grow from approximately $6.8 billion in 2010 to $25 billion by 2015.” These figures could very well suggest that laptops could soon be sidelined.
In the same inforgraphic, a leap of 38% from the previous year’s usage of mobile phone for work-related functions could possibly pave the way for 43% of businesses to officially incorporate mobile in the future. Talking about future and forecasts, by 2015, 50% of all devices circulating within the professional milieu will be mobile devices and weekly use of smartphones for work will almost triple next year. There are three main reasons why companies will choose to inject mobile apps into their work arena: increase in productivity, promoting paperless environment and revenue augmentation. Today, 80% of Fortune 500 companies deployed iPhones and 65% uses iPad.
In the last five to ten years, the mobile applications market has exploded exponentially. This is manifested by over 300,000 apps made available in Apple App Store and mounting numbers in Android region. Various updates are being realized daily: from healthcare, politics, automobile, multimedia and across several industries. Since becoming the global workforce’s favorite tablet, the iPad has been the focus of many mobile developers and gave birth to Omni Invoice, GooodReader, Bento, e-Task, DropBox and Office² HD. Also, Apple is set to release iCloud—which has been a trending topic in the media since being announced at WWDC earlier this week. Both iOS 5 and iCloud were unleashed during the Apple WWDC 2011.
The mobile enterprise has been a red hot topic in the recently concluded SAP Sapphire and EMC World. Together with social platforms and big data analytics, mobility’s future became the center of attention of both speakers and attendees of the SAP annual event. In order to stay relevant, SAP is investing in mobile apps to integrate itself with the current social media craze and flourishing collaboration technologies.
Undeniably, the mobile enterprise has changed the way we listen to music, make transactions and purchases with the emergence of Google Wallet and NFC technology, manage our finances through Intuit’s Android App for Credit Unions, read novels, collaborate with workmates, capture special moments—the way we interact and communicate in general. The pace also changed. We’re now living in an express world—good or bad, still, thanks to mobile industry.