In “Top 10 Mobile Technologies and Capabilities for 2015 and 2016”, Gartner, an information technology research and advisory firm, discussed some technologies and capabilities that will be critical to organizations wanting to unlock the full potential of mobility as part of their digital business strategy. “The impact of a technology or capability is derived from its ability to create more compelling applications, improve application delivery, unlock new business opportunities, create innovative experiences/services or improve mobile/wireless infrastructure performance,” Gartner explains. The research contains statistics based on their potential impact on consumers and employees. Here are some statements, analyses, and predictions.
What to Expect and Which Direction to Go
Multiplatform and multiarchitecture app development tools are what the largest organizations will need. Many multiplatform development tools are already available; however, market evolution and consolidation will continue through 2018.
There is a never-changing rule in app development that user experience is a top priority. In this direction, nothing changes; moreover, user expectations are getting higher. Hence, high-quality UXs will be particularly important for organizations delivering consumer-facing mobile apps that directly impact revenue and customer satisfaction.
Indoor location-sensing technologies will continue to mature through 2018. Precise indoor location sensing combined with mobile apps will enable a wide range of new location-based services and related information, such as dwell time. Many businesses believe mobility will continue developing precisely in this direction.
Wearable devices are already gaining momentum. The research expects wearables to grow to be a multibillion-dollar-a-year market by 2016. Industries such as healthcare, sports and fashion will manufacture wearable devices and use mobile apps to control the devices and to analyze the information they collect from them.
Organizations’ mobile devices and apps need management. Not surprisingly, there are already around 160 mobile device management tools of various types available today, which by 2019 will converge into a much smaller number of mature EMM tools.