Wearables In the Enterprise – Beyond Fitness Bands
Look around, our world is changing – with a growing middle-class globally and data doubling every 18 months, we are heading into a new era of working and interacting with machines and each other. We work and live in a multi-device world from smartphones to wearables. Enterprise mobility is changing – from devices, it’s shifted to apps, driven further by the melding of mobility, cloud and in-memory computing.
As mobile apps increasingly become a fixture in the enterprise and at home, they must be simpler, smarter, more contextual, and more powerful. For example, look at Nest, recently acquired by Google – you can easily adjust temp, lights and even monitor your smoke alarms from a mobile device. Context-aware mobility is the information intersection where the physical and digital worlds meet, and mobility lies at the heart of cloud and big data context awareness. Context also filters out the noise so you can simply get things done!
Companies will use connected wearable devices and build applications to take advantage of this contextual data – allowing people to work from anywhere, anyplace – this is the future of the workplace and beyond. With up to 80B mobile applications downloaded in 2013, according to analysts, there are apps for everything at home and work – health, social media, productivity, entertainment, and now even in warehouses.
The implications for healthcare, oil/gas, transportation and even in the office are enormous – this is an opportunity for all of us to develop something impactful. Imagine a field maintenance worker being able to use his voice to log in activity and also monitor his biometrics for safety. With wearables properly combined with analytics and data – we can literally save lives.
This week, during his keynote speech at TechEd && d-Code Vegas, Steve Lucas showed us how a smartwatch (Samsung Gear S) can be impactful for business and demonstrated an example of real-time, context-based opportunity management using a combination of: CRM. Cloud, Predicitve Analytics paired with Samsung’s enterprise SDKs. Simple, how powerful software on a device can move business.
According to Rick Costanzo, head of SAP’s mobile business, success for wearables in the enterprise need to have the following elements: information needs to be valuable, contextual and personalized, delivered to the correct screen size with actions that are easy to use and most importantly, easy to engage and immediately take action.
Bottom line, the most important information should be pushed forward – and adjustable to various screen sizes and device features. This is how wearables can win in the workplace and we can benefit beyond the fitness band.
Don’t delay, get started on your mobile journey today.