By Rory Lidstone
, TMCnet Contributing Writer
This year is nearing its end so, like any self-respecting tech news site, we’re going to be taking a look at what 2014 has in store for us. In particular, let’s talk about how the enterprise mobility space is set to change in the year ahead.
As usual, industry experts expect “big changes” for the space but in some ways, the current situation will stay largely the same. For example, Apple (News - Alert) and Samsung, which control the majority of smartphone profits currently, will continue to do well in the enterprise space, thanks largely to the growing acceptance of BYOD initiatives.
As it stands, Apple is generally regarded as being the better choice for enterprise use but Samsung (News - Alert) still owns a larger share of the market. That said, Samsung has been working hard to be more appealing to enterprise users by, for example, opening up its programming interfaces to enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendors. As is generally the case when two major players are competing for a market, though, the customers will benefit.
Meanwhile, as the two major players in the enterprise mobility space duke it out, the industry’s fallen star, BlackBerry (News - Alert), may be able to reassert itself to some degree. It’s clear that its mobile devices won’t see a resurgence in 2014, but BlackBerry is entering the New Year with a greater focus on its systems and services, like its new cloud-based EMM solution, which seems to be the smart call.
And yet it’s hard to say whether the Canadian company will truly be successful in the year ahead. However, analysts suggest that if BlackBerry can take a truly device-agnostic approach it should, at least, make it through another year.
As for tablets, enterprise interest in the devices has apparently cooled, with the initial excitement surrounding them having worn off. That’s not to say enterprises won’t be buying tablets in 2014; they just won’t be buying that many.
On the flipside, wearable devices aren’t expected to see much enterprise adoption in 2014 simply because they’ve yet to generate much excitement in the industry. The problem, of course, is finding practical applications for wearable tech — a problem that obviously hasn’t been solved yet. Maybe 2014 will be the year an invaluable wearable device will land, though. We’ll just have to wait and see.