Enterprise Mobility & Connected Devices Research & Consulting

all VDC Research is the leading analyst firm covering the enterprise mobility marketplace. Since 1995, VDC’s Enterprise Mobility & Connected Devices practice has been supporting our clients  with in-depth and cogent analysis of the most critical trends impacting the opportunity for enterprise mobility solutions.

VDC Research surveys and interacts with thousands of enterprise mobility decision makers and mobile developers every year to deeply understand their application requirements, solution selection criteria, vendor preferences, budgets and much more. Addressing the most relevant trends of this ever-changing market, VDC’s clients are equipped with an arsenal of knowledge coverings issues as far reaching as total cost of ownership and development of business critical mobile solutions, best practices for developing secure mobile applications in highly regulated industries or how to measure and maximize enterprise mobility investment ROI. RO blogs Team

Featured i2 Reports

Goodbye EMM, Hello UEM

Goodbye EMM, Hello UEM

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) vendors have been enjoying a great run, and have solidified their place in today’s modern IT infrastructure. These vendors accomplished this by honing their solutions to accommodate a variety of device ownership models (i.e., BYOD, CYOD, COPE), and by...

Cloud Access Security Brokers

Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB): A Complementary Infrastructure Element for the Mobile Era

With increasing mobile use of cloud services to access corporate data, enterprise customers must protect data residing beyond the perimeter. CASB solutions can help customers monitor mobile use...


Featured VDC Views

MWC 2017 Recap: What Was and Wasn’t

MWC 2017 Recap: What Was and Wasn’t

In late February 2017, VDC made its annual trek to Barcelona and Mobile World Congress (MWC). With over 108,000 attendees and 2,300 exhibitors, 2017’s MWC topped last year’s event in both size and scope. The show has morphed from its carrier and service...

NRF Retail's Big Show 2017 Review

NRF Retail's Big Show 2017 Review

The National Retail Federation's Big Show convened this past week in New York City, with the largest technology vendors and retail leaders convening to help address the challenges facing the industry and the innovation that will keep it moving forward. Spanning three days with 33K...


2017 i2 Reports

Quarterly market-share updates for leading rugged and non-rugged mobile hardware vendors by form factor, with numerous market share segmentations. Focus on shipments of mobile devices supporting enterprise and government users. Visit the Rugged Mobile Quarterly Shipments Q1 2017 page to learn more.

The contents of this report cover the overall market opportunity for wearable devices used to support mobile enterprise and public sector line-of-business (LoB) applications. For this LoB subset of the market, examples of end users whose applications often rely on wearables include, but are not limited to: retail sales associates, delivery drivers, nurses/ clinicians, warehouse workers, law enforcement/public safety officials, and field service technicians. Visit the Wearable Devices Supporting LoB Applications page to learn more.

The 2017 VDC Channel Tracker was designed to create a comprehensive of enterprise mobility solution providers. This database includes profiles of leading solution provider profiles identifying key capabilities, contacts, target markets, partners and key contacts. Visit the 2017 Enterprise Mobility Channel Trackerpage to learn more.

This report integrates selected findings from VDC’s recent survey of mobile decision-makers in both midmarket and enterprise organizations. It contains a detailed market sizing and forecast through 2021, as well as a comprehensive competitive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, and capabilities of leading players that participate in delivery advanced enterprise mobility services. Visit the Digital Transformation-as-a-Service page to learn more.

Quarterly market-share updates for leading rugged and non-rugged mobile hardware vendors by form factor, with numerous market share segmentations. Focus on shipments of mobile devices supporting enterprise and government users. Visit the Rugged Mobile Quarterly Shipments Q4 2016 page to learn more.

Quarterly market-share updates for leading rugged and non-rugged mobile hardware vendors by form factor, with numerous market share segmentations. Focus on shipments of mobile devices supporting enterprise and government users. Visit the Rugged Mobile Quarterly Shipments Q3 2016 page to learn more.

2016 i2 Reports

This report integrates selected findings from VDC’s recent survey of mobile application developers in both midmarket and enterprise organizations. It contains a detailed market sizing and forecast through 2020, as well as a comprehensive competitive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, and capabilities of leading players in the mobile application development market. Visit the Citizen Developers Matter page to learn more.

This report covers the overall market opportunity for rugged handheld devices and smartphones used to support enterprise line-of-business applications. It includes market sizing and forecasts for rugged and consumer-grade mobile devices. It breaks down the market opportunity for rugged mobile computing devices by region, industry, application environments, OS, and level of ruggedness. The report discusses current trends driving investment in enterprise mobility as well as what the future entails for mobile hardware vendors Visit the Rugged Handheld Computers and Smartphones for LoB Applications page to learn more.

Quarterly market-share updates for leading rugged and non-rugged mobile hardware vendors by form factor, with numerous market share segmentations. Focus on shipments of mobile devices supporting enterprise and government users. Visit the Rugged Mobile Quarterly Shipments Q2 2016 page to learn more.

This report covers the overall market opportunity for mobile technologies to support applications in the health care vertical. The report includes market sizing and forecast research for various mobile device classes and form factors supporting health care applications. It also breaks down market opportunity by region and form factor. Additionally, this report provides landscape vendor analysis, application and workflow analysis, and highlights end-user research to assess current trends driving investment in health care mobility solutions. Visit the Mobilizing Health Care page to learn more.

This report integrates selected findings from VDC's recent enterprise mobility survey (survey data is provided as a separate Excel spreadsheet) of IT decision-makers in both mid-market and enterprise organizations. It contains a comprehensive market segmentation and competitive assessment of key security vendors, emerging business models, and analysis of their capabilities and relevance in the market. Visit the Mobility Spurs Security Ecosystem Expansion page to learn more.

This report covers the overall market opportunity for both rugged and consumer grade tablets used to support mobile enterprise line-of-business (LoB) applications. It is important to note that this report primarily focuses on the enterprise LoB and industry-specific subset of the overall tablet opportunity. For this subset, examples of end users whose applications often rely on tablets include, but are not limited to, retail sales associates, delivery drivers, field service technicians, warehouse workers, police officers, EMTs, nurses/clinicians, flight-line aircraft personnel, and servers at restaurants. Visit the The Global Market for Enterprise Tablets page to learn more.

This report will analyze the major technical and operational trends that are driving change within the manufacturing sector. Mobile opportunities, arising from a more data-dependent manufacturing environment and the growing capabilities of mobile technology, are the direct result of technical and operational drivers and the slow removal of historical barriers. By examining these two driving forces in-depth, this report will provide an unmatched analysis of the opportunities for mobile technology within the manufacturing sector. Visit the Mobile's Place in the Connected Factory page to learn more.

This report integrates selected findings from VDC's recent enterprise mobility survey of IT decision-makers in both midmarket and enterprise organizations. It contains a detailed market sizing and forecast through 2020, as well as a comprehensive competitive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, and capabilities of leading players in the EMM market. Visit the Enterprise Mobility Management page to learn more.

Quarterly market-share updates for leading rugged and non-rugged mobile hardware vendors by form factor, with numerous market share segmentations. Focus on shipments of mobile devices supporting enterprise and government users. Visit the Rugged Mobile Quarterly Shipments Q1 2016 page to learn more.

VDC Research's annual examination of end-user buying behavior has noted an emerging trend over the past few years. The emergence of operations technology-the procurement and use of technology by those in operational roles-has complicated the role of a company's IT department. While the objectives of the IT department remain the same, the manner in which they complete these objectives and the forces with which they must now contend have changed. Visit the Enterprise Mobile Buyer Behavior Dataset page to learn more.

This report evaluates the market for mobile solutions in hazardous manufacturing globally. This report is written for those responsible for making critical decisions regarding product, market, channel, and competitive strategy and tactics in addressing mobile solutions for these unique environments and applications. The report includes market sizing including by hardware, professional services, and software, end-user requirements analysis, and overall market trends. Visit the Mobile Applications in Hazardous Manufacturing Environments page to learn more.

This report evaluates the market for field service automation solutions globally. This report is written for those responsible for making critical decisions regarding product, market, channel, and competitive strategy and tactics in addressing field mobile – including field service and sales – solutions. It includes market sizing including by hardware, professional services, and software, end-user requirements analysis, and overall market trends. Visit the Field Service Automation Solutions page to learn more.

This report discusses and analyzes the opportunity for organizations to outsource mobile IT services to their internal end users and external customers and partners. The desire to utilize mobile devices for an increasing range of workflows has brought to light the complexity and challenges that IT must contend with as the range of mobile solutions they support continues to expand. The increased usage of mobile devices also has IT departments reconsidering how to best deliver increasingly business-critical mobile IT services. Visit the Mobile Managed and Professional Services page to learn more.

The military and defense sector has significant demand for mobile devices and solutions given the emphasis placed on reliable communications, information reconnaissance and sharing. The need for devices at the vanguard of technology to remain competitive has resulted in militaries acquiring commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products that have short life cycles and constantly improving technology. However, COTS devices often fail to address the unique security and environmental needs of militaries, thus complicating the acquisition process and increasing procurement costs. Visit the Mobile Solutions in the Military page to learn more.

2015 i2 Reports

This report evaluates the market for mobile technologies to support direct store delivery (DSD) systems across the globe. Breaking down our analysis into regions, including the Americas, EMEA, and APAC, VDC’s research will provide market insight into DSD-related hardware and software trends. This report will analyze the state of legacy systems and address the future of enterprise-grade and consumer-grade technologies in DSD markets. Visit the Direct Store Delivery & In-Store Merchandising Applications page to learn more.

This report covers the overall market opportunity for vehicle-mounted devices, including forklift-mounted computers used to support enterprise and government line-of-business applications. The products covered in this research include purpose-built computers designed specifically to be mounted in a vehicle. Not included are general-purpose mobile form factors such as notebooks and tablets. Target applications and vehicle types include forklifts and material moving equipment, trucks for TL and LTL applications, police vehicles, emergency vehicles, and military vehicles. Visit the Vehicle-Mounted Computers page to learn more.

Leveraging an expansive end-user research campaign and in-depth interviews with leading and emerging vendors, these reports are designed to track key changes impacting the market and identify opportunities for end users, mobile vendors, and investors alike. Visit the Mobile Evolution in the North American Public Safety Market page to learn more.

This reports takes an in-depth look at how enterprises are approaching mobile investments to support specific workflows or applications in the postal-courier industry. The research will measure performance metrics and investment impact separating best-in-class organizations, rank key applications and workflows being mobilized, analyze target mobile solution requirements, and evaluate the key success requirements for solution providers. Visit the Disruption in the Global Postal-Courier Market page to learn more.

This report analyzes the competitive landscape in leading embedded board and system market segments, including numerous market share segmentations. This report will also deliver research-driven commentary on the latest industry trends influencing the current and future supplier ecosystem. Visit the Global Market for Notebooks in LoB Applications page to learn more.

This report integrates selected findings from VDC's recent enterprise mobility survey of IT decision-makers in both midmarket and enterprise organizations. It contains a detailed market sizing and forecast through 2020, as well as a comprehensive competitive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, and capabilities of leading players in the EMM market. Visit the Global Market for Enterprise Mobility Management page to learn more.

This report covers the overall market opportunity for rugged handheld devices and smartphones used to support enterprise line-of-business applications. It includes market sizing and forecasts for rugged and consumer-grade mobile devices. It breaks down the market opportunity for rugged mobile computing devices by region, industry, application environments, OS, and level of ruggedness. The report discusses current trends driving investment in enterprise mobility as well as what the future entails for mobile hardware vendors Visit the Rugged Handheld Computers and Smartphones for LoB Applications page to learn more.

This report integrates selected findings from VDC's recent enterprise mobility survey (survey data is provided as a separate Excel spreadsheet) of IT decision-makers in both mid-market and enterprise organizations. It contains a comprehensive market segmentation and competitive assessment of key security vendors, emerging business models, and analysis of their capabilities and relevance in the market. Visit the Mobile Security - Key Barrier to Mobile Enablement  page to learn more.

This report covers the overall market opportunity for both rugged and consumer grade tablets used to support mobile enterprise line-of-business (LoB) applications. It is important to note that this report primarily focuses on the enterprise LoB and industry-specific subset of the overall tablet opportunity. Visit the Global Market for Enterprise Tablets page to learn more.

Businesses continue to be drawn to mobile applications as they look for inventive ways to minimize costs while simultaneously improving communication and collaboration across their organizations. Mobile enabling a workforce can bring immediate productivity gains, but streamlining workflows using mobile applications remains a complex and challenging endeavor particularly when considering the lack of in-house mobile development talent that is the norm in even the most progressive large enterprises. This report explores these trends and more. Visit the Mobile Development Market Wakes up to Hybrid World page to learn more.

2017 VDC Views

The overall Enterprise Mobility opportunity remains strong. However, as mobile hardware innovation slows - prolonging mobile replacement cycles - investment emphasis among enterprise decision makers is shifting. In 2017 organizations will be particularly focused on what their investments in mobile solutions are enabling in terms of a more connected and collaborative workforce and their migration to more digital services. Visit the 2017 Enterprise Mobility Predictions page to learn more.

2016 VDC Views

VDC pegs the rugged handheld and rugged smartphone market at approximately $5 billion. Within this market we track 27 core vendors which produce 225 unique devices - an average portfolio of 8 devices per vendor. In this report we will looking at how this market is changing across several key technical metrics, including OS, display size, level of ruggedness, among others. Visit the Rugged Handheld and Rugged Smartphone Product Portfolio page to learn more.

Throughout the past year Google has teased the release of Andromeda, the highly anticipated hybrid of its Android and Chrome operating systems (OS), capable of running across mobile devices and larger PC form factors alike. Although Andromeda will not be released until 2017, the impending arrival of Google's own cross-platform OS and the vendor's continuing investments in its Android for Work initiative already offer insights into how mobile hardware vendors, enterprise users, and incumbent vendors like Microsoft and Apple will move to remain competitive once Andromeda enters the market. Visit the Andromeda: Making the Case for a Universal OS page to learn more.

A consistent theme in many of the conversations and briefings we had at NRF's 2016 Big Show was that following several years emphasizing their digital presence and ecommerce investments, the investment pendulum had swung back to store-specific agendas. While the threat from online-only ecommerce giants continues to mount, retailers are recommitting to their primary differentiation, their physical location. Visit the NRF 2016: Renewed Emphasis on the Store  page to learn more.

The healthcare industry today is under constant pressure to not only launch modern applications, but also update its current set of mobility solutions. This additional pressure comes at a time when patients are looking to be able to connect with healthcare teams faster and more effectively than ever before. With complex clinical workflows coupled with dynamic governmental regulations, the process of deploying mobile solutions, while critical to improving efficiently and patient satisfaction rates, is a difficult process. Visit the Healthcare's Pulse on Mobile Technologies page to learn more.

A team of four VDC analysts recently embarked on our annual pilgrimage to Barcelona for all things wireless - and some savory Tapas. At MWC, we discussed with Accelerite, HP, IBM, Oracle and other key enterprise mobility vendors on their mobility business strategy and upcoming new products. Visit the Trade Show Escapades page to learn more.

This VDC View contains the Enterprise Mobility and Connected Device team's predictions for 2016. Predictions include looks at general market trends such as 2016's Top 5 Growth Industries for Mobile and Graduating from BYOD and Basic MDM. The future of mobile operating systems, specifically Windows 10 mobile and Android, is discussed in Point-Counterpoint Mobile Microsoft Mobile OS and Android Makes a Significant Dent in the Rugged Handheld Market. Visit the 2016 Mobility Predictions page to learn more.

2015 VDC Views

While the annual analyst funfest known as prediction season rests squarely in our rear-view mirrors, the enterprise mobility team at VDC nevertheless wants to share some of our expectations for 2015 and areas where we will be focusing our research. These are not in any particular order but rather are grouped by technology discipline. Visit the Enterprise Mobility Arc page to learn more.

The news that Motion Computing was acquired did not come as much of a surprise, nor the fact that it was acquired by the ever-opportunistic Xplore Technologies. What was striking, however, were the terms of the deal - $9 million cash and assumption of $7 million of Motion Computing's liabilities. Motion's struggles with profitability have been widely rumored within the industry, as the company has struggled for the past several years and lost significant market share, whereby its share of the rugged tablet market shrank by nearly one half over the past 4 years to the low teens in 2014. Visit the Xplore Technologies and Motion Computing Austin Neighbors Get Cozy  page to learn more.

The rise in importance of mobile devices has been a key factor in the revamping of the enterprise inbox, particularly in regards to user interface. Next-gen email creates a more integrated experience, going beyond the calendar to incorporate chat functionality, improved triage, and prioritization. Successful solutions will need to provide cross-application and cross-platform functionality as an integral element, particularly as new form factors like wearables become more widespread. Visit the Teaching Email a New Trick page to learn more.

Mobile apps have the potential to substantially impact public safety workflows and enable faster response, greater workforce productivity and increasingly improved citizen services. Interoperability and inter-agency communication remains a huge and largely unresolved pain point for public safety organizations. Visit the Situational Awareness and Interoperability page to learn more.

As mobile applications grow in prevalence and strategic importance, mistakes in their design and implementation will further inhibit firms from achieving the ROI benefits they are hoping for. Identified as a top-three challenge, ROI can be maximized by designing applications with end user needs in mind and testing applications to identify errors before they prove costly. Visit the Mobile Application Lifecycles page to learn more.

Addressing enterprise demand, Samsung has implemented a three-part strategy to provide business-technological services to clients who wish to implement mobile programs. Acknowledging the need to penetrate niche markets with industry-specific mobile solutions, Samsung has differentiated itself in a crowded market by investing in new technology and forming partnerships. Visit the Breaking Down Samsung's Enterprise Roadmap page to learn more.

Addressing enterprise demand, Samsung has implemented a three-part strategy to provide business-technological services to clients who wish to implement mobile programs. Acknowledging the need to penetrate niche markets with industry-specific mobile solutions, Samsung has differentiated itself in a crowded market by investing in new technology and forming partnerships. Visit the Hip to be Enterprise page to learn more.


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