Shopping Is In the Palm of Your Hand:

For years now, smartphones have been used primarily as pocket Web devices to look up store locations while on the road, read product reviews to make informed purchasing decisions, find coupons to get better deals and share consumer experiences with the world. However, mobile devices will take a more pronounced role starting this year, not only as payment devices (mobile wallet), but more ingrained throughout the purchasing process. From better in-store pickup integration, more personalized in-store shopping experiences powered by beacon technology and faster check out processes at points of sale.


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You’ll see more “world-first” innovations:

Companies will introduce brand new digital experiences to the world with the help of the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality (AR) and intelligent automation in upcoming months.

Augmented Reality “Smart Glasses” in the Workplace:

Given advances in augmented reality head-worn display (AR HWD) technologies, “smart glasses” may become an everyday workplace tool in the foreseeable future, allowing workers to perform tasks hands-free while viewing real-time, task-relevant information within their visual field of view.

Your smartphone might run on Windows 10:

Microsoft is bringing a full version of Windows 10, complete with desktop app support, to ARM chipsets. The software giant demonstrated Windows 10 running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, complete with HD video playback, Adobe Photoshop support, and Microsoft Office. Microsoft expects ARM-based laptops to be the first to adopt this new version of Windows 10. Laptops might be the first, but it’s easy to see past that and realize that this means Microsoft is about to turn a phone into a real PC.

You’ll look at BYOD differently:

IT will start to clasp personal devices and apps. In other words, bring your own device (BYOD) and Shadow IT to drive business growth.

Cybersecurity will start to resemble your immune system:

Cybersecurity solutions will learn to detect and safeguard against new threats with machine learning.

Anywhere, Any Device

Entering credentials manually is frustrating and time-consuming. Multiply that by ten for mobile devices.

In an increasingly competitive marketplace where workers struggle to strike work-life balance, being able to respond to work-related requests in seconds benefits employers and employees alike. Mobile identity & security managements are colliding to give users one-click access to all their enterprise apps on both smartphones and tablets.

Your apps and analytics skills will be in demand:

App development, mobile application and device management and business intelligence and analytics will be among 2017’s hottest tech skills.

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Work apps will feel like the real thing:

Native apps, which provide users with a familiar experience, will be a popular option for enterprise apps.

Mobile will be cornerstone to business innovation:

On a whole, mobile will be strategic and foundational to delivering new digital experiences.