Global smartphone growth is reaching its peak this year and then will slip into a slight slowdown over the next four years, according to research firm IDC. This means midsize firms will have to continue adjusting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies to keep corporate data safe.
Mobile Demand Dropping
In a new shipment research report featured in the Boston Business Journal, IDC states that smartphones will top nearly 1.3 billion units shipped this year, a 26 percent increase from last year. By 2015, there will be a 12 percent year-over-year growth rate. This slowdown is predicted to continue through 2018, with a compound annual growth rate of almost 10 percent. Android will remain the leading platform over the next four years, shipping 80 percent of global smartphones. IDC also points out that several global market manufacturers are offering better specs on more affordable devices.
BYOD Increasingly Important
The significance of just how many and which smartphones are popular in the market will be important to midsize firms in the coming years. As a third-platform technology, mobile is a game-changer for growing businesses. It can increase productivity and facilitate better communication among all types of companies across various industries. At each company, IT managers are responsible for BYOD policies that protect corporate data as more employees choose to use personal devices within the workplace IT ecosystem.
IT professionals at midsize firms may be stretched for time and might not have full knowledge of the mobile solutions market. However, BYOD will continue to be an important part of IT policy. To successfully move ahead with mobile policies, IT managers often consult with managed service providers and consultants that understand their need for flexible tools. With the right counsel they can understand mobile best practices and make better decisions to improve implementation and management. Many midsize firms are searching for software that can support their latest BYOD mobile workforce. One popular solution is cloud-based mobile device management. Other solutions can connect employees via mobile through secure networks.
Global smartphone growth will see peaks and dips over the coming years, with an overall trend of slowed growth. IT professionals will continue to be responsible for sustaining sound BYOD policies that can improve business performance and keep corporate data safe.
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