The cumulative global Wi-Fi-enabled device shipments reached 5 billion in 2012 and the pace of market growth is expected to maintain momentum. According to a recent article in Venture Beat, the new Wi-Fi capabilities that will be launched in 2013 will grow the market to nearly 20 billion web-enabled devices in 2017.
The sudden surge of new products in the mobile communications industry is driving businesses to a whole new level of productivity. As commercial enterprise becomes more globalized, people will come to rely more on advanced business communications for an efficient way to exchange ideas and stay connected.
Instant access to information is indispensable. An increasingly collaborative, mobile workforce demands the tools to share and receive information instantly. In today’s growing marketplace, businesses are turning to web-enabled devices to power business communications and better address business needs.
As Internet-enabled devices are further integrated into our daily personal lives and as people become more comfortable with multimedia technologies such as instant messaging or video conferencing, workers will demand the same capabilities for their business correspondence.
Enterprises are seeking comprehensive solutions that can capitalize on the current market of connectivity and business on the go. By bringing together cloud apps and web-enabled mobile devices, businesses can simplify communications and optimize business processes.
In addition to Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and smartphones, the next level of Wi-Fi penetration is likely to be in home automation as manufacturers continue to connect formerly isolated devices, equipment and other things, according to ABI Research.
Momentum President & CEO Alan Creighton predicts that vertical integration will make business communications more accessible and integrated into personal devices. Employees will be able to take advantage of mobility features on multiple devices with a greater number of integrated apps to meet their business needs.
He also anticipates that “bring your own device” (BYOD) will be a key player in company communications in 2013. Employees will use unified communications applications on their own Internet-enabled smartphones and tablets to stay connected to colleagues and clients. BYOD combines greater accessibility and ease of use to produce a mobile, connected workforce.
As the market for Internet-powered devices continues to grow, now is the time to invest in Voice over IP communications. Web-enabled devices, paired with a unified communications platform, can give employees the versatility to communicate in a way that best suits their individual needs. Whether an employee prefers to use a laptop, smartphone or tablet, they will be equipped with the features to get their work done efficiently.
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