The pervasiveness of mobile computing is forcing companies to rethink their business models, reinvent their organizations and rewire their operations in order to reap the benefits and overcome the challenges of enterprise mobility.With enterprise mobility on the cusp of business criticality, innovative and enterprising early movers across many industries are adopting mobility to drive enhanced customer satisfaction and employee productivity.
Early adopters see enterprise mobility as a transformative technology that helps them improve on and benefit from the customer interaction. Additionally, mobility is enabling organizations to reduce costs and improve worker productivity.
Early adopters of enterprise mobility are realizing significant business benefits and envisioning new and creative ways to extend competitive advantage. Many organizations, however, are employing a wait–and–see strategy to learn from the implementation experience of others before developing mobility roadmaps.
Though the rise in numbers of the mobile workforce has been mercurial, organizations have made limited progress in meeting the growing demand for mobile-enabling their enterprise systems. Most companies have enabled mobile access to email, but when it comes to mobile-enabling mission critical applications; very few companies have made progress.
Enterprises are left struggling to mobile-enable their business applications. Most enterprises lack the know-how to mobile-enable applications, even though they have strong and experienced IT staff.
Enterprise mobility has myriad benefits for organizations that are supporting and fostering an environment for employees to work quicker, more efficiently, and literally, providing access in the palm of their hands. When opting to mobilize, there are few solutions, and determining the best option is key to creating a successful mobilized organization.
These options include off-the-shelf apps, custom mobile solutions, and a hybrid option using a combination of both. To determine which option is best, it’s key to understand what they mean and how they can support an enterprise in terms of the priorities within the initiative.
Previous enterprise application platforms and their associated architectures were created in order to enable the development of applications that automate complex business processes. The typical enterprise application (internally developed or third-party) usually had a large footprint, complicated user interface reflecting its complex functionality, long release, deployment and update cycles, and expensive maintenance. However, mobile applications have completely different characteristics. They provide simple and user-centric functionality, typically automating one task, have clean look and feel, small footprint, monetize through new and equally simple business models, and interface with other applications and data through well-defined APIs.
The Enterprise Mobility 2014 Round Table will bring together some of the best technology minds in corporate India to present on the sectors most pervasive long-term trend – workforce mobility.
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