Over fifty percent of CIO’s and IT professionals believe mobility will impact their organizations as much or more than the internet did in the 1990’s.
“It has become appallingly obvious, Albert Einstein once observed, that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” If that’s how the legendary 20th century physicist perceived technology in his day, then you can only wonder what he’d make of the vast ubiquitous presence of mobile technology today. Indeed, it’s difficult to think of how we functioned as a society before smartphones, tablets and other devices emerged as mainstream tools.
CIO’s and other managers, of course, have much at stake here. As reported previously, more and more organizations are carefully examining their mobile strategies. They want to ensure that their employees have the most productive, user-friendly tools at their disposal to further business goals. And they view mobility as a critical pathway toward greater customer connectivity and engagement. Given this, we present the following current facts about mobility usage and enterprise-focused trends. They were compiled from a number of online resources such as those posted by the Radicati Group and Kinvey.
- Vision Void – 85% of enterprises still have no plans to employ a single leader for mobility, despite mobile’s anticipated impact upon their organizations.
- Well Populated – The number of worldwide business consumer mobile users will increase to 6.2 billion by the end of 2018 – accounting for 84% of people on Earth.
- Gadget Growth – The number of devices will grow from 7.7 billion in 2014 to 12.1 billion by the conclusion of 2018.
- BYOD-Mania – One-half of companies will require employees to use their own device for work by 2017.
- OMG! – The mobile IM Market will grow to more than 3.8 billion accounts by the end of 2018; up from 1.4 billion now.
- App Explosion – 4.4 billion people will use mobile apps by the conclusion of 2017, growing by nearly 30% every year.
- Prime Opportunity – 64% of users with smartphones have made a mobile purchase after seeing a mobile ad.
- Top Mobile Activities for U.S. Users –
Social networking: 76%
Obtaining local information: 73%
Getting news updates: 68%
Playing music: 63%
Playing games: 61%