Good news for the mobility industry: new research from IDC predicts that enterprise and consumer spending on mobile devices, software, and services will reach $1.85 trillion by 2019, up from $1.66 trillion in 2015.
A key component in this spending, of course, is enterprise mobility. IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide predicts that healthcare providers will be “the leading growth industry” for mobility, spending more than $30 billion on mobility solutions by 2019. Service spending, IDC predicts, will be the largest category overall at $332 billion in 2019 in Asia/Pacific and $249 billion in the U.S.
IDC also expects the federal government to play a big part in this expansion, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% through 2019, ending at $30.6 billion overall.
Chris Chute, Vice President of IDC’s Customer Insights and Analysis Group, explains how mobility is more than just apps or “going mobile:”
While mobile device ownership and general app uptake has already impacted consumers and businesses large and small, utilizing mobile capabilities to drive wholesale digital transformation in personal and professional spaces continues to represent a growth opportunity for vendors and channel partners.
That’s a trend we’ve mentioned before: the businesses likely to see the most benefit from mobility are not those that get apps for the sake of having apps. Rather, it’s the businesses that are truly committed to mobility as part of a transformational business strategy that should be the most successful moving forward.
Though IDC’s new research examines more than just enterprise mobility, it’s nonetheless an exciting sign of what’s to come. With spending on mobility set to hit almost $2 trillion by 2019, it seems that there are great things in store for all of us here in the enterprise mobility space.