Mobile devices are already changing the way consumers use technology, and they seem poised to do the same thing in the enterprise. Nowhere is this more apparent than in India. The research firm IDC (News - Alert) has forecast that the enterprise mobility market in India will reach $1.8 billion by 2017, according to The Economic Times.
"Young and tech-savvy people for whom mobility is native, are changing the workplace dynamics today and consumerization is here to stay. Resource optimization and the need to increase employee productivity are also the reasons behind the interest evinced by Indian enterprises," IDC India vice president and general manager Jaideep Mehta said.
IDC forecasts the enterprise mobility market to grow at a CAGR of 63 percent by 2017 to $1.8 billion from $394.3 million in 2012.
More than 37 percent of firms across a number of industry verticals said that mobile was a top IT priority for them.
With the growth of mobile technology, the workforce in India will eventually have to upgrade its skills, especially in the fields of mobile app development and social media management, Mehta said.
Mobile technology has been most readily adopted outside of the U.S. Text messaging took off faster in India and Japan than it did in the U.S., and many people in the developing world who have never owned a PC have taken to smartphones and tablets as their primary computing devices.
"The Indian economy is going through a challenging phase with high inflation and a slowing growth. This, coupled with the upcoming national elections, has created a temporary slowdown of the broader economy," Mehta said.
Despite the challenges, he was still optimistic about the potential for India’s shift to cloud and mobile technologies this year, true to the company’s mobile enterprise growth predictions
"2014 will finally see the India IT ecosystem begin a serious transition to the third platform technologies of cloud and mobility, and to a lesser extent big data, and social,” he said.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson