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Three Top Technologies That Pave the Way to the Future of Mobility

What are the top 10 mobile technologies that will be most important in the future?Mobility will continue to change the workforce and the nature of work in the coming years and be vital to any company’s digital transformation. But with so many mobile technologies out there, which are the ones your company should focus on?

The Gartner report, “Top 10 Technologies That Are Defining the Future of Mobility, 2019 Update,” offers a deep dive into the top 10 mobile technologies are most important. The report breaks the mobile technologies into three types:

  • Foundational technologies, which tend to be more stable than newer technologies.
  • Incremental technologies, which can create small changes that let organizations extract more value from their mobile investments and initiatives.
  • Transformational technologies, which can profoundly change business models and processes.

In this blog post, I’ll cover one mobile technology from each type.

The transformational technology I chose may surprise you: It’s mobile technology for frontline workers. Up until now, the report notes, frontline workers have been out-of-mind when it comes to mobile investments, as businesses have instead invested in mobile for office workers. But now, the report says, “emerging technologies, such as wearables, the IoT, analytics, artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) and AR/VR, will change this equation and create new opportunities for business innovation,” for frontline workers.

Low-code development for mobile apps will be key to making IoT, analytics, AI and other new technologies a reality in business.The technologies will be used for remote expert guidance, hands-free workflow, immersive technology for worker training and wearables for safety/health monitoring. Benefits, the report says, include cost optimization, revenue growth and customer experience improvements.

The most interesting incremental technology in the report is mobile analytics, metrics and monitoring. The report notes, that enterprises “are applying analytics to B2E apps in growing numbers to better understand how work is being performed and detect problems and nuisances that might not otherwise get reported. Mobile application management (MAM) and unified endpoint management (UEM) tools are the primary products organizations are using for B2E analytics. Insight derived from the analytics can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the workforce, understanding of how the apps are used, and investment decisions. This allows enterprises to optimize features and functionality, and identify the need for additional training.”

As for foundational technologies, a key one is low code/no-code mobile application development tools. The report says, “Adopting these tools is a key element of creating a user-defined workspace computing model in which the business can create apps for discrete tasks or access to information on an as-needed basis, without support from IT or the development organization.” And it concludes, “By 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity.”

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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