The world's mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion by 2015, according to a January 2012 study by IDC. This represents 37.2% of the total workforce. A projected 10 billion mobile connected devices by 2020 compared to a mere 100 million PCs in 1993, will add more complexity in mobile enabling enterprise data. The adoption of enterprise mobility is not an option any more, it is a mandate.
An enterprise looking to implement mobility solutions needs to ensure:
- Employee flexibility through anytime, anywhere access to enterprise data and applications
- Increased efficiency and productivity by providing access to the right data
- Access to the enterprise application with better user experience and increased employee satisfaction
There are three ways to manage the mobile needs of an enterprise. First, ensure that all business applications are available on mobile browsers (mobile web); second is to create native applications that leverage mobile device native functions including the available sensors that can provide a better user interface experience; and finally to develop applications using a hybrid approach, utilizing the latest HTML5 capability with native libraries.
In addition, I believe it is imperative that businesses consider creating a roadmap and strategy to mobile-enable their backend systems. A well thought mobility strategy and roadmap will help organizations achieve their goals in alignment with their business vision and business plans.
A 3 step mobile strategy model can help organizations meet their mobility goals:
Discover - Information gathering & discussions with key stakeholders.
Define - Benchmarking against industry best practices, emerging industry trends, and identifying the gaps in existing processes.
Strategize - Developing future roadmap and strategy based on the activities and conclusions of the earlier phases. Learn More
Where does your organization stand in terms of adoption of enterprise mobility? What approach did you use??