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The Future of BYOD and Its Impact on Enterprise Application Delivery

The genre of Science Fiction and its contributors has given us plenty of glimpses into what the future of mobile devices might look like, from the hand-held communicators of "Star Trek" that inspired the first cellular flip phones to both cinema and comic-inspired wearable devices. However, compared to the smartphones and other devices that are currently on the market, these formerly advanced devices of the past now look and feel far more antiquated than cutting-edge, becoming more and more obsolete with each new upgrade.
With this shift, business practices are now being integrated with this previously imagined future of technology through the trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). What once began as expected access to corporate email and contacts via smartphones has evolved into a constant demand for calendars, agendas, and even MS Office and other productivity applications to be delivered to users on mobile devices.

Now most businesses are torn: Although they have benefited from their employees' increased productivity due to this instant availability of mobile enterprise applications, the exchange of secured data over wider, more fragmented (and often unsecured) networks has created a new problem for IT departments, who are still responsible for their network performance and security, but have effectively lost control. While many businesses have tried to combat this problem by either blocking mobile application access, and/or making the effort to provide their own mobile devices in order to increase security in addition to productivity, this effort often clashes with their employees' desire to use their own device, rather than be forced to keep track of several (I'll now invite anyone who's managed to keep the same device for 3 years or more to please stand up).

Part of every IT department's mission is to ensure that enterprise applications are secured, and perform seamlessly for a myriad of different mobile devices. This will only become more urgent as our technology continues to evolve: so-called "wearable" technology is now looking to augment, and eventually even replace, the current array of tablets, phablets, and phones. Headsets, wristbands, rings...Even the clothes we wear will soon be equipped to send instant messages.

Coinciding with the next shift in technology will be the applications we use. In a future where BYOD may one day replace commuting (or even office space) entirely, applications will require continuous upgrades in order to enable uninterrupted customer engagement, contextual awareness, data capture and access, as well as optimized analytics.

98% of companies already have employees that engage in work-related tasks on their mobile devices. Companies that don't already have branches located throughout Europe, where mobile adoption is soaring, nevertheless find themselves engaged in globalized business there more often than not. Your business has already entered the future of the Internet: Make sure your application delivery solutions are ready for it.

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