Study: SMBs to be major player in mobility investments

Anyone who understands the business technology landscape is aware that mobility has become one of the hottest trends in the industry and a is now a standard enterprise solution. Organizations of all sizes are able to improve operations through the use of smartphones, tablets and cloud-based infrastructure to get employees out from behind the desk.

According to a new report from AMI-Partners, overall mobility spending in North America is expected to increase at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10 percent through 2019. That means the marketplace could be on the verge of topping $71.5 billion in five years.

The report features comments from Andrew Kirk, an associate at AMI's New York office. He said that the next five years will experience impressive growth in North America consumption of mobile solutions and data plans. On top of that, small businesses are proving to be a valuable market for mobility vendors.

"The smartphone market will experience a strong increase in related spending as a result of sustained repeat and replacement purchases," Kirk told the news source. "As tablet usage attains mainstream status, significantly stronger growth is expected with regard to SMB installed base, volume and associated spend. We're forecasting a 21 percent CAGR in the U.S. and Canada for tablet data plans alone."

For mobility to be successful, however, organizations need to have the right systems backing them. This means cloud backup services or virtual servers, which will make it easier for remote data to be accessed and shared securely.