1. Enterprise Mobility
Perhaps to no surprise, the biggest IT game-changer identified by CommScore's 2013 survey was enterprise mobility.
Of the 1,104 respondents, 44 percent indicated the need to support mobile technologies will become a significant priority for them over the next five years. Why so many? The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend -- whether referring to laptops, tablets or smartphones -- is already in full swing, with more and more employees using their own personal devices to tap into corporate networks.
CommScope found that, on average, 43 percent of all the phone calls being made from inside an enterprise facility today come from mobile phones. But not all enterprise networks, the survey found, are mobile-friendly. Only 36 percent of the businesses surveyed said their existing signal coverage and network capacity are able to sufficiently support current mobile traffic, and 76 percent of respondents noted that employees have to move around the building or go outside to find a strong enough signal.