Research firms predict the continued growth of mobile technology globally over the next year, but they are less inclined to take a stab at predicting how businesses will handle it. The penetration of mobile devices into enterprises raises questions for IT departments and CEOs, as both wrestle with the “bring your own device” trend, or “BYOD.”
As businesses evolve to rely more heavily on remote workers, for the ones using their own computers and mobile devices, security and network performance will become the frontrunners of concern. Tech giants like Google and Amazon race to build the most secure cloud in which businesses can store data. A network outage becomes more dangerous as businesses lose uptime, and therefore sales, when their websites go down. 2012 saw the most self-professed secure providers experience outages, causing fury amongst site owners and users alike.
These converging trends are not just for Asian or U.S.-based markets to consider either; Africa’s mobile subscriptions have soared as 2G network coverage spreads and inexpensive phones proliferate.
2013 is likely to bring continued efforts from network providers to negotiate the security of the cloud as the evolution of mobile spurs the growth of Big Data. Businesses will need to store more data as the tablet and smartphone become the preferred vehicles of work production. With 6 billion mobile subscriptions, operators will scramble for spectrum, especially as the demand for long-term evolution (LTE) phone shipments is expected to skyrocket.