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February 2016 issue, Volume 2, Issue 2

Enterprise wearables suffer from a lack of apps

If enterprise wearables are going to take off, they need to develop clearly defined roles -- and that just hasn't happened yet. The draw of wearables is that they're small, lightweight and convenient mobile devices that often allow users to perform tasks hands-free. Smartwatches in particular pack powerful sensors that collect and analyze data, then feed it back to a computer or other device wirelessly. These capabilities give wearables the potential to be great tools for work, but that has yet to come to fruition, said Mehran Basiratmand, CTO of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. "We are only scratching the surface of the technology," he said. "But I see [potential for] tremendous growth in a business setting." Wearables today range from smartwatches and smartbands to virtual reality headsets, which are all gaining traction among consumers. The market, valued at $7.1 billion in 2015, will hit $12.6 billion in 2018, according to research firm Statista. Health and fitness bands such as the Fitbit have played a major ...

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  • IT shouldn't count out mobile Web apps

    by  Steve Damadeo

    Web apps are great for mass amounts of users, or employees that don't have a lot of storage space on their personal devices. But you won't get native application capabilities for the most part.

  • What EMM vendors need to do next

    by  Eric Klein

    Going forward, EMM vendors need to work more closely with partners and manufacturers to improve their offerings. Support for more devices will also be on the docket in the coming years.