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For a long time, companies focused on managing phones, tablets and portable computers. But the rise of cloud computing and wearable technologies forces managers to think beyond the device, as the next generation of mobile services target businesses themselves, and could help them become more efficient.

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Mobility of the future

The evolution of enterprise mobility

These days, mobility is more than devices and applications. Whereas the first wave of mobility allowed workers to access company services such as emails and documents from anywhere, this next iteration will help companies make more informed decisions. They will empower workers by giving them access to company data regardless of the device they use, even when they are offline, and provide managers with real-time data on how these apps are used in the workflow.

Mobility solution: TwinForce

All this without having to build a totally new or separate IT infrastructure. A solution such as MobileBridge‘s Twinforce, which relies on MOLO 17‘s technology, promises security-compliant, easy-to-implement tools that act as a transparent layer on top of the company’s current system. What’s more, it is highly customizable. It can be adapted to different work environments and form factors, such as wearable devices or smart appliances, to help workers access or share data and assets more effectively.

Sharing resources within the company, such as spaces in a coworking environment or vehicles in a fleet, is a cumbersome task that can be easily managed and even automated by using a dedicated mobile service. Workforce management and other human resources-related activities can also greatly benefit from this form of smarter mobile applications.

5G and the mobile world of tomorrow

When enterprise mobility emerged, IT managers implemented mobile device policies that managed devices as a whole. That approach did well on company-owned phones and computers. Users who would rather use their own devices, on the other hand, would feel that IT was given too much access and would thus be reluctant to enroll.

The next generation of mobile networks, or 5G, will decentralize even more that flow of information and data. To deliver on its very ambitious promise of instant performance, the mobile infrastructure of tomorrow will rely on a distributed model where a lot of the data crunching will be done remotely, outside of the company or even the user’s devices. That “mobile edge” can be seen as complex challenge for IT managers and CIOs, but can also rapidly become a competitive advantage for those who will embrace it to increase their efficiency and productivity.

Those next-generation mobile networks are only now being deployed, but enterprise applications already exist that will take advantage of them as soon as they become available. This promises a shift in the enterprise world similar to what happened years ago when the first wave of mobility occurred.

Except that, this time, it is not about devices. It is about services and applications that will empower employers and employees to be more efficient, regardless of where they are or how they connect.