As the use of smartphones and tablets continues to grow in the workplace, American businesses are driving a demand for new mobile apps that enable employee productivity and efficiency.

According to a new report for AMI partners, smartphone ownership among small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States is expected to grow by 40 percent within the next 12 months. Comparatively, tablet ownership is set to expand by 85 percent during that time frame.

Given the rapid growth, it is evident that smaller businesses are poised to play an important role in the future of mobile devices and applications. As the mobile technology becomes an essential aspect of doing business, more companies will look for apps that can support workplace needs.

"Future growth for mobile apps is expected to meet more sophisticated business needs," said AMI survey research analyst Prashanth Motupalli. "These applications have become 'must haves' for this generation of workers which is 'always on.'"

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion was once the undisputed king of the enterprise mobility market, but it has given way to the likes of Google and Apple in recent years. As a result of this decline, RIM recently announced it would lay off nearly 11 percent of its workforce, Reuters reported.