The 5 most important mobility trends you should watch out for in 2023

We are all excited to see what 2023 has in store for us. As the world collectively moves towards a post-COVID era, one of the positive developments to emerge from the pandemic has been the rapid evolution of enterprise mobility solutions. Mobility and MDM solutions are no longer just features that provide convenience and flexibility; they have become a necessity.

Mobility trends for 2023

Social distancing created a demand for seamless and secure remote working solutions, which in turn enabled mobility and MDM service providers to focus on rapidly developing secure device management tools and ensure business continuity for their customers.

"Mobility-driven innovation will continue to shape the way businesses work today; and as always, security, performance and intuitive user experiences will drive this trend," says, for example, Onkar Singh, CEO of 42Gears, a renowned provider of MDM/UEM solutions.

With this in mind, here are the top 5 mobility trends for 2023 and what you can expect from MDM service providers:

1. AI chatbots

Why is it becoming a trend?

Companies are increasingly using AI tools to automate basic and everyday activities. One such AI tool that has read a huge improvement in functionality and efficiency is chatbots. Tools such as ChatGPT are already being used by businesses and are able to run across different applications and devices.

However, AI chatbots require access to personal and historical data to provide insightful answers, and this can lead to security holes and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malware apps and hackers. AI-driven technologies such as ChatGPT are increasingly being used on mobile devices, which can pose a higher risk of identity fraud and insecure access to sensitive data.

What can you expect from MDM providers?

To give you an idea of how important AI chatbots will be for businesses, let's say that AI chatbots have saved businesses $11 billion in 2022 alone! So far, MDM vendors have not started to consider the use of AI tools and chatbots in businesses, but in 2023 this will be a major focus as employees are ready to use AI-driven tools to increase productivity and automate time-consuming day-to-day activities. Businesses can expect major vendors to deliver new security features and capabilities for AI chatbot data.

2. 5th generation mobile internet and WiFi 7

Why is it becoming a trend?

Over 33% of technology providers and enterprises are expected to deploy WiFi 7 by the end of 2023. Faster wireless internet and cellular connectivity (5G) mean faster transmission of large amounts of data. Each new technology brings new uses and applications, but also security concerns. Some of the most anticipated applications with 5G and WiFi 7 are better coverage in public places, the ability to run autonomous cars, mobile AI and larger virtual meetings.

What can be expected from MDM providers?

New and faster network connectivity will lead to many more mobility use cases, such as powering smart cities and autonomous cars. This means that MDM providers will need to improve their security capabilities by offering innovative security features such as enabling VPN configurations.

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3. improved management of wearables and peripherals

Why is it becoming a trend?

More than 71% of businesses still rely on peripherals such as printers, and more than two-thirds of businesses have reported at least one incident of data loss related to printers. Similarly, the wearables industry is expected to generate over $150 billion by 2026.


What to expect from MDM vendors?

When it comes to managing wearables and peripherals, organisations can expect MDM vendors to focus on improving efficiency by enabling peripheral management and ensuring that device or sensor data is available for tracking and analysis. So expect wearables and peripheral security to continue to grow.

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4. Indoor positioning, location and navigation technology

Why will this be a trend?

Another important technology trend that is expected to gain importance in 2023 is indoor location, tracking and navigation systems. Indoor location technology can be used for a variety of purposes, such as navigation, tracking assets and personnel, or capturing analytics about foot traffic in a building. The indoor technology market is estimated to be worth around $8 billion (in 2021) and is expected to reach $50 billion by 2030!

What can you expect from MDM providers?

One of the features offered by some MDM vendors is indoor location technology, which can be used to track the location of devices within a building or other enclosed space. This can be done using a variety of techniques.

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5. More sustainability through improved life cycle management of appliances

Why is it becoming a trend?

Over the past year, countries and companies around the world have begun to increasingly adhere to the United Nations-led 2030 Sustainability Agenda. As a result, sustainability is already a top priority for hardware manufacturers and will continue to evolve for the foreseeable future. Companies across all industries are implementing green and sustainable policies that reduce CO2 emissions and material waste, but there is still much work to be done, so this will remain an important issue in 2023 and well beyond.

What can be expected from MDM vendors?

MDM vendors have been actively supporting sustainability initiatives in recent years and it is expected that most vendors will continue to support sustainability initiatives by improving recovery of older devices, improving remote troubleshooting to keep devices in service, and decommissioning devices that have reached the end of their lifecycle.

The future is mobility and MDM is its starting point. Mobility solutions will continue to evolve and hybrid working models are expected to be reinforced with new features and capabilities in terms of security and flexibility, as well as consistent performance on MDM platforms.
Onkar Singh, CEO, 42Gears

The year 2023 is expected to be a milestone in the development of innovative mobility solutions, and MDM service providers like 42Gears are expected to drive this innovation by providing a platform for secure, flexible and powerful mobility technologies. 

Here's to 2023 and the exciting mobility trends that are expected to take hold across all industries!

This article was originally published on FJP.