Mobile devices may be forever shifting enterprise IT strategies


As devices such as smartphones and tablets become far more prevalent in enterprise environments, companies may need to dramatically rethink their IT strategies.


In a report from earlier this year, research firm Gartner found that PC sales from April through June of this year were down 10.9 percent from the same three-month period in 2012, marking the fifth straight quarter in which PC sales declined. Although a number of factors are pushing down the market for these legacy enterprise staples, Gartner particularly noted that this decline is likely a result of the increased proliferation of mobile devices.


“We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets,” said Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa.


In a separate report this month, Gartner pointed to mobile devices as one of the major factors driving the IT spending growth occurring today. Of the $3.7 trillion expected in IT spending throughout 2013, approximately $695 billion will go toward devices.


The global trends observed by Gartner are increasingly becoming an enterprise reality in Canada. For instance, an Ipsos Reid study from earlier this year found that 47 percent of Canadians now own a smartphone, and 21 percent reportedly use a tablet. In comparison, the 2012 version of the research showed 34 percent having a smartphone and 10 percent owning a tablet. As bring-your-own-device policies rise even further in popularity, this hardware will be more frequently found in business settings.


“In the space of one year, we’ve seen significant upward momentum both in Smartphone and Tablet adoption,” said Mary Beth Barbour, Ipsos Reid’s Senior Vice President. “Tablet sales in particular, have taken off, no doubt thanks to the introduction of more affordable – and smaller – devices like the iPad Mini.”


How mobility affects IT procurement and infrastructure design

By more fervently accepting devices like smartphones and tablets into everyday workflows, companies can expect numerous benefits. For example, a sales team member who frequently travels can use a tablet to check work emails from just about any location. Additionally, a C-level executive can use their smartphone to access information when prepping for a key internal meeting.


However, ensuring that such a shift can occur without incident is a tall order, especially for companies with entrenched workflows and employees who cling to the status quo. In order to facilitate enterprise mobility, a company will likely need to update its network to accommodate the influx of wireless devices and upgrade to tools that can be accessed and effectively used on a touch​ screen. A cloud computing solution can be especially helpful for facilitating greater mobile device usage in a corporate environment, since it enables businesses to quickly and easily share resources to a greater number of endpoints than ever before.


In order to make sure it is ready to accept mobile devices and maximize their effectiveness, a company should turn to FlexITy. As one of Canada’s largest and most trusted IT consulting services firms, FlexITy will help a business upgrade its IT infrastructure design in order to best deal with smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, by aligning business needs with IT, FlexITy can guarantee that the solution put in place today is ideally suited for meeting the client’s unique needs now and in the future.