Applications will be available across all devices from 2016

Apps need to be supported across multiple devices.

As businesses shifted towards technology there was a time over the last 20 years when getting things done meant you had to be tied to the office. However, these days smartphones and tablets are as capable as a laptop or PC for meeting this demand.

In smartphones, user interfaces, support, connectivity and a raft of other features make them as useful as laptops.

For this reason, business applications have had to be developed so that they can accommodate all devices, making them versatile enough for companies to use.

Gartner predicts that by the year 2016, the average personal cloud will be operational across at least six different types of device.

In fact, it is the use of the personal cloud in business that is aiding in the need for applications to be available across devices.

Research vice president at Gartner Monica Basso said: "Mobile devices enable a new generation of collaboration and three trends are rapidly boosting mobile collaboration strategies and investments in organisations. These are: bring your own device (BYOD), personal cloud file sharing and the increasing availability of mobile applications,"

The benefits for companies looking to adopt BYOD have been well documented. Firstly, it allows more options for flexible working for employees as allowing them to use their own smartphone, tablet or laptop gives them the option to work from anywhere at any time.

Secondly, of course, there is the cost advantage to outsourcing IT equipment to employees.

But one of the most notable advantages to BYOD that could help businesses is the effect that it has on employees. Studies show that giving a worker a choice of devices to use tends to increase job satisfaction and creativity, which gives businesses more power to innovate.

Certainly this is a point that Gartner picked up on, noting how creating applications that can work across devices can be a boon for businesses.

Ms Basso added: "Empowering workers with mobile collaboration capabilities through smart devices, personal cloud sharing and mobile apps is a smart move for organisations to innovate in the workplace and stay competitive."