The mobile workforce is here--and enterprises better have a plan to meet their needs

Nearly half the global workforce will be mobile by 2022. Enterprises will need a robust remote access policy in place to meet scalability and reliability requirements.


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From a purely business enterprise perspective, whether you like it or not, the modern workforce is increasingly a remote access, mobile workforce. According to Global Mobile Workforce Forecast Update 2016-2022, an analysis published by Strategic Analytics in November 2016, the global mobile workforce is set to increase from 1.45 billion in 2016 to 1.87 billion in 2022--which translates to 42.5% of the entire global workforce being on the move with remote access.

This increase in the mobile workforce can be attributed to a relentless combination of forces that include globalization, better mobile technology, application innovation, and cloud computing adoption in the enterprise. This trend has not gone unnoticed by high-level executives.

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Another 2016 study, conducted by WBR Digital and sponsored by NetMotion Software, polled 110 global enterprise executives to ascertain their thoughts on integrating mobile technologies in their workforce. Not surprisingly, more than 50% of the group said that they plan to expand their mobile workforce in 2017.

For IT pros, providing secure and reliable remote access to enterprise networks, databases, facilities, and equipment for a modern mobile workforce is increasingly critical and complicated. Beyond mere remote access, this workforce must be able to take advantage of collaborative tools like video conferencing, group chat services, and shared digital storage. Reliable and scalable remote access is going to require a plan of action outlined by a comprehensive framework.

A good starting point for IT pros in this situation would be the Remote Access Policy, offered for download to Tech Pro Research subscribers.

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By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.