It is expected that by 2014, more people will connect to the internet via mobile devices and smartphones than traditional desktop computers. With that said, more and more businesses use mobile devices, and many businesses implement bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, systems in the workplace.
Smartphone sales are actually up 63 percent from 2010. In addition, mobile advertisement spending is expected to grow to a whopping $20.6 in 2015. Obviously, smartphones are filling an important niche in American society, as more and more people are using their mobile devices to do many things they used to do on desktop computers.
According to data compiled by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, roughly half of all adults in America use a smartphone. Sometimes, those adults have to bring their mobile device and use it for work. Importantly, most companies with BYOD systems in place invest in mobile device management software, also known as MDM software.
Since a lot of companies handle sensitive information, it pays to have MDM software installed in the workplace. Companies can keep an eye on everything employees do on their mobile devices and also ensure that no financial information is kept or falls into the wrong hands. Plus, if a mobile device is lost or stolen, there is usually a way to wipe the information on the device clean, so no one else can obtain secure information off the device.
Along the same lines, many businesses use cloud computing systems as well, which are essentially just third party storage spaces for computer and mobile device information. The accessibility of cloud computing allows businesses and people to integrate mobile devices with enterprise systems. Plus, some sensitive information can be kept in cloud systems rather than directly on the memory of the mobile device.
All in all, companies will continue to use mobile devices, as they are more convenient and at least as capable as desktop computers. In the next 20 years, it is highly likely that mobile devices and smartphones will be used more widely than regular computers, so it pays for companies and people to invest in mobile device management or MDM software.