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Why businesses should prepare for wearables

14264878231_3682017eb7_zMobile devices have proven their worth in the enterprise sector, especially with the rise in the employees maximizing smartphones and tablets for work purposes through the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) schemes. Apart from these smart devices, wearables are also predicted to be the next gadget to be integrated into businesses. A survey featured on Computer World revealed that 90% of professionals are interested in using wearable devices to complete work tasks. These technologies are said to assist employees by accessing data in real-time, tracking work schedules, monitoring health information of personnel, and reviewing personal calendars.

Change will happen soon
With the fast paced developments happening in the tech world, nothing seems to be constant when it comes to smart gadgets. Smartphones that used to be primarily utilized for browsing the Internet and processing calls and texts are now able to perform as an extension of our office computers. Soon, wearables that are expected to revolutionize office processes as well.

Currently, wearable devices are associated to smartwatches and fitness bands. Mobile manufacturers are among the top producers of smart wrist technologies. In fact, Apple’s first propriety wearable device called the Apple Watch is expected to revolutionize the public’s perspective on wearable devices. With the inclusion of voice command Siri and the company’s Apple Pay, the Apple Watch is expected to be a game changer, according to Ben Tufft of the Independent. Apart from the Apple Watch, O2 noted that some of the best smartwatches on the market today also includes Android Wear, which is the same OS that powers the popular Google Glass.

How do you prepare for it?
According to mobile expert Alyson Edmunds in her O2 News article, wearables will eventually find their spot and significance in the business sector. However, there are three considerations that offices must prepare for before completely accepting these new technologies in to their enterprise.

1. Security of company data
A company’s information is a major concern once the employees have maximized these devices to access the office server or website. Since the Mobile Device Management (MDM) providers do not have access to the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) of wearables, companies will have to find a way to control the data that can be accessed and received via these devices.
2. Privacy within the office
Human Resource departments will have to update the mobile usage policies of their businesses to cover employees who are using the device/s. Edmunds highlighted that these technologies have cameras that are hidden, which will make it difficult to control those users who will record pertinent meetings or a situation in the office without consent. Thus, strengthening policies on the usage of mobiles will be necessary in this process.

3. Diverse list of devices
Given the complexity of the devices’ features and operating system, it will be difficult for many businesses to immediately accept the technology in their offices. Operating systems alone vary widely, as many mobile manufacturers have released their wearables with their own propriety OS. It will be necessary for businesses to hedge their bets on the wearable devices and OS they opt to use in their organization.

As technologies continue to shape businesses, wearables entering the office are expected to be one of the shifts that enterprise will have to consider this year. However, there are other ways on how your enterprise will be more efficient in 2015, such as maximizing cloud computing and updating the computer OS in the office. How do you expect wearables to revolutionize your business?

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