Growing Role of Cloud and Mobility in Managed IT

Two of the biggest buzzwords in technology today are “cloud” and “mobility.” Employees are increasingly using their mobile devices to store and collaborate on documents in the cloud. They are also using these devices to access information anytime, anywhere.

This emphasis on cloud and mobility in businesses is driving the need for mobile device and cloud services. A recent Keypoint Intelligence/InfoTrends survey of technology vendors showed that these types of services are most likely to be growing in demand in coming years. These services include offerings like mobile management (i.e., control/management of mobile hardware), cloud document management services, and cloud storage services.

Figure: How do you see demand for these IT solutions changing in the next 5 years?

Source: Office Equipment Dealer, Reseller, VAR, SI, MSP Channels Survey (Keypoint Intelligence/InfoTrends, 2014)

Companies are encouraged to consider their cloud and mobile strategies for the years ahead. Have they thought about increasing the security of employee-owned devices? What would that type of initiative involve? Have they considered shifting applications to the cloud to reduce costs, improve flexibility, and add security?

Managed IT infrastructure services are a smart way to address growth in mobility and cloud connectivity in business environments. Managed IT staff have the expertise and tools to help companies solve problems they aren’t equipped to handle themselves. Furthermore, managed IT vendors have security solutions in place to ensure that cloud and mobile services are sufficiently secure.

Businesses are encouraged to contact their technology vendor to start a conversation about services around mobility, cloud, and security. They may choose to ask about benefits of these deployments in areas like cost, agility, flexibility, and productivity. They can then weigh the pros and cons of such a deployment for their business.