3 Mobility Growth Areas Every SMB Should Follow and Explore

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  • May 31, 2017
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In a recent provocative LinkedIn post, columnist Chelsea Larson-Andrews wrote: “Every company, in some way or another, is becoming a mobile company, and we can no longer make the distinction between the wireless industry and everything else.”

“As our ‘things’ are increasingly connected to the internet,” she advised “Forward-thinking teams are making sure companies keep pace.”

So, because we consider this blog “forward-thinking,” and our team endeavors to help readers keep pace with developments in key business technologies, we skimmed Larson-Andrews piece for three mobility growth areas we feel have the greatest impact on small to mid-size businesses (SMBs).

  • Mobile Video – Cisco predicts that by 2019, video will account for 80% of global internet consumption. Not long ago, small startups focused on mobile video – e.g., Periscope and Vine –were seeking their first rounds of funding. Now, Twitter, a social media giant, owns them. We’ve been covering the rapid growth of video in business for several years in posts such as “The Why & How of Adopting Video Conferencing for SMBs” and “Video Conferencing: Out of the Board Room and Into the Cloud.” And we agree that the prevalence of video makes it a mobility growth area worth following and exploring, so we’ve offered multiple posts leading the way:
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) – Analysts predict that by 2020, the Internet of Things will comprise as many as 50 billion connected devices and could generate up to $1.7 trillion in revenue. Many of the “things” we use at home and at our work places will become smart devices with internet connectivity. Beyond smart thermostats and connected appliances such as refrigerators, more and more of the vehicles that transport us, the medical devices that treat us and the machines that manufacture them will be equipped with sensors that communicate zettabytes of Big Data through wireless networks around the world. We’ve covered this mobility growth area, too, helping readers answer questions like “What Can the Internet of Things Do for Small Businesses?” and spot “Emerging B2B Opportunities & Challenges Posed by the IoT.”
  • Mobile Cybersecurity – “Our soon-to-be 50 billion connected devices, and their extensive networks, and the troves of data they collect, will be sitting ducks for hackers with bad intentions,” Larson-Andrews wrote in her post. This means, of course, the more mobile technology and practices we incorporate into businesses of all shapes and sizes, the more robust cybersecurity technology and practices must become to protect those organizations and the people working in them. That’s why analysts predict the cybersecurity industry – hardware, software and services – will swell to more than $170 billion by the end of this decade. That’s also the reason more and more IT Managed Services Providers are specializing in security – and we help SMBs find good ones to work with them

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