When a year is coming to an end, it’s time for a look ahead. Here are six likely scenarios for 2014:
The Mobile Minority will become the Mobile Majority
Mobile will go from being a technology that touches only 15% of employees in an organization to being the platform used by the majority of workers. During 2014, more than 60% of a company’s employees will access business data on a mobile device.
BYOD will catalyze rapid BlackBerry migration
In 2014, the financial services industry will actively adopt BYOD as a means to migrate off BlackBerry. A recent Gartner report urged all companies using BlackBerry to take action in the next six months by considering alternatives and then implementing them. Financial services is one of the industries most affected by this recommendation given its strong historical adoption of BlackBerry. Now, the industry is being forced to move quickly.
However, companies cannot afford to buy every employee a new replacement device, and CIOs are realizing that BYOD enables them to migrate off BlackBerry fast and cost-effectively since many of their employees already have alternative personal devices they would like to use for work.
Privacy will be the top CIO concern for BYOD
BYOD is here to stay, and traditionally the top concern for the CIO was security. In 2014, the top concern will shift to privacy, because of the evolving legal environment around personal data and the simple fact that an acceptable approach to privacy is essential for user adoption.
Our MobileIron Trust Gap survey in June 2013 showed that 70% of employees don’t trust their employer with personal data. The survey results also highlighted massive confusion among employees about what data on their personal mobile devices their employer monitors. In 2014, privacy will capture CIO mindshare and become the single most important driver of BYOD success or failure.
Saying “no” to the personal cloud will no longer be an option
Application blacklists will fail, and IT will be forced to accept that employees cannot work without access to personal cloud productivity services. More and more business documents will be stored in the personal cloud and IT will have to prioritize making consumer services secure for enterprise use.
iOS will be recognized as the most secure operating system in the enterprise
The sandboxed architecture and management model of iOS will make it the most secure operating system in the enterprise. Traditional Windows suffers DLL Hell, where any app can compromise the entire system. BlackBerry was the pinnacle of security but users no longer want to use it. Android has seen big steps forward with Samsung KNOX but is still massively fragmented globally. Windows Phone is adopting the sandboxed model but is early in its evolution.
IT will recognize that enterprise security is enabled by a combination of OS architecture, strong management tools, and best-of-breed user experience. This is a model that iOS supports today and toward which ALL enterprise operating systems are moving.
Barak Obama migrates off BlackBerry
The BlackBerry’s highest profile user will adopt a new device in 2014.