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Where is mobility heading in 2014?

Rebecca Merrett | Jan. 4, 2014
When it comes to BYOD, organisations will move away from trying to secure the device to rather securing the apps

The mobile device as the controller of other devices, Agile app development, the rise of the chief mobility officer and telco network sharing is where mobility is heading next year, according to analysts.

With the rise of bring-your-own-device and the complex security issues it brings, organisations will move away from trying to make every single device secure and instead use containers to secure the apps that hold the data on the device, says Graham Barr, research director at IDC.

“What’s really happening is a movement away from that [mobile device management] to being much more applications focused - the idea of containerisation where you wrap the software up in such a way that is becomes secure,” he says.

“You can’t always secure the device, and it’s recognising the importance of the fact that people do use multiple devices. So it’s enabling the individual to use whatever device is convenient to them at the time, and the applications are made secure within that device.”

Forrester analyst Tim Sheedy says more people will use their mobile devices to control other devices and systems, and not just use it to consume information or products and services.

“It comes back to the Internet of Things. The mobile is no longer the endpoint device. The mobile, I believe, will become more of what I term a ‘light hub’. It will be a device that you don’t just consume on but control with.

“When you have got all these connected devices and sensors around the home, in the office and wearables, etc, they are the end point and the mobile is the collection point. All the information comes to the mobile and you control the environment through your mobile. So it becomes a control device as much as it is a consumption device.”

He says this will influence the way organisations develop their mobile applications for customers as they will need to think about how an application might interrelate with other data sources connected to a mobile device.

Organisations will also be less frantic about getting their mobile development projects perfect on the first go, and will rather build apps incrementally to better tailor their services to customers along the way, according to Sheedy.

“I think some of the earlier mobility initiatives were knee-jerk reactions, not all of them, but many were just thinking ‘we have got to have an app so let’s put an app out there’. 2014 will be ‘we have got to serve our customers in the best way possible’. So you will see this really mature approach to mobile happening next year.


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