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  • A majority of organizations are currently deploying internally developed mobile applications, which is a major shift from last year, when only a minority of companies did that, according to a recent survey from Apperian. The resulting "2015 Executive Enterprise Mobility Report" reveals that IT is taking on this role to more effectively meet the specific needs of users, while improving business processes and gaining competitive edge. As part of this effort, tech departments are boosting enterprisewide visibility via metrics tracking that's related to app usage and network impact. There are, however, lingering challenges in achieving mobility goals, including those related to security and ROI measurement. That said, these developments demonstrate how IT can work with business departments to create a more agile, successful company. "With leading organizations developing mobile apps to gain a competitive advantage and needing to reach 100 percent of potential users," said Brian Day, president and CEO of Apperian, "we're seeing more and more organizations moving away from legacy, device-centric management approaches to an app-centric, best-of-breed approach to mobile app security and management. This is what enables organizations to reach everyone—whether the devices are managed or unmanaged—maximizing return on mobility investments." More than 300 IT and mobility professionals took part in the research, which was conducted by CITO Research.

  • In this age of increased customer touch-points, predictive mobile analytics has become a key component in helping companies target their marketing initiatives.

  • The age of wearable tech is here—whether companies are ready or not. These devices already represent a $5 billion market, and that's expected to grow to $12.6 billion by 2018. (Google Glass alone is projected to sell 21 million units by that year.) Enthusiasm is building, as three-quarters of professionals surveyed said wearable tech would make them more efficient on the job, and one-third said they're likely to buy smartwatches, Google Glass or another wearable item. Meanwhile, 57 percent said they'd take advantage of wearable fitness tracking devices, and 44 percent said wearables would improve their access to good health care advice, which would result in lower health care costs for companies. So, assuming that enterprise acceptance of wearable devices will follow the same path as the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement—meaning there will be initial reservations among some decision-makers, which will later give way to a "let's see how we can make this work" mindset—employees and managers should know about the following pros and cons of this technology. Our list addresses productivity, engagement, security and even job stress, among other key factors. They were compiled by a number of online resources, including those posted by Software Specialists and Neon Goldfish.