It should not be big news to you that mobility is increasingly important in IT. If it is news, we need to talk. Mobile apps and mobile computing in general have rapidly become critical for businesses to be competitive. What may surprise you, though, is the expanding scope of mobile offerings in the market. With that in mind, here are some emerging top mobile technologies coming in 2020.

Cloud-Based Mobile Apps and Mobile Compute

Cloud technology has become more accessible through mobile apps. From video/audio streaming to social networking, to online storage, mobile cloud traffic continues to grow. Organizations can store massive amounts of data in the cloud without investing in new infrastructure. A mobile application can further enhance a company’s storage capabilities. Cloud computing backup services, such as those offered by Amazon Web Service, help secure critical business data with minimal overhead. Mobile ERP solutions from companies like Acumatica bring even more functionality to the cloud and mobile devices, including invoice automation, project management, sales order automation, data analytics and warehouse management.

Learn more in Empowering Your Remote and Mobile Workers with Cloud-Based Business Systems.

Cross-Platform Mobile Apps

Application development is turning to apps that can be run on multiple mobile platforms, allowing users to access features using Android, Apple and other devices. The trend is growing and likely to become mainstream in 2020. Aside from driving business for developers, it has vast potential for organizations in virtually any industry. The time-to-market of such apps has been reduced, so businesses can expect to see more cross-platform apps soon.

Learn more in How Employees Will Use Mobile Apps in 2019.

Improved Data Analytics in Mobile Form Factors

Data analysis is directly related to identifying trends and making business decisions. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a big part of this and is being enhanced by the Internet of Things (IoT), in which billions of devices are currently interconnected. The amount of data collected through the IoT is contributing to more informed business decisions, while ERP solutions such as Acumatica provide dashboards to help financial, distribution, manufacturing, construction, retail and other businesses make sense of these data.

Improved Augmented and Virtual Reality

Retail, education, travel and healthcare industries are picking up on the latest augmented and virtual reality (AR & VR) application technologies. With AR & VR, business can not only leverage enhanced insights to analyze data and trends, which can be useful in the field. They can also create new mobile experiences for customers to increase conversions and sales. Android and iOS app development are already highly focused on this area.

Mobile Commerce

As consumers rely more on mobile devices to make purchases, businesses are catering to their needs, using apps that simplify mobile transactions. In many cases, cash or credit/debit cards aren’t needed. For example, Acumatica eCommerce software integrates this functionality with order management, picking, packaging, shipping, accounting and customer support. It is also integrated with Acumatica’s Sales, Financials, Fulfillment, CRM and Inventory systems.

Mobile Security Tools

Hackers are using mobile endpoints more than ever to access core networks and the data held inside. As a result, 2020 is likely to see more, and more sophisticated mobile endpoint detection, prevention and response tools. Data and message encryption solutions for mobile devices will also become more prevalent in 2020.