Mobile in an Enterprise – The paradigm shiftPosted by Masood Khatri on Dec 5, 2010 in Blog | 1 comment
Being this my first post on our new website, wanted to start this by sharing a few thoughts on Mobile in an Enterprise.
Having spent about 15+ years in advising and implementing enterprise technology platforms, Mobile has emerged as a strong platform that I am absolutely sure it’s on the list of initiative for 2011 for almost all the enterprises.
Adapting to changing technologies is a key and will always remain a critical component for IT in an enterprise, from Mobile Computing, Cloud Computing, Open Source to Web 2.0 technologies. One thing that has always been constant while managing a technology platform has been the evolving hardware and emerging technology platforms, as they always have been complimenting each other. The CIOs and CTOs are always challenged with balancing the risks v/s rewards for adopting the emerging technology platforms.
There has been a significant shift in terms of how consumers access, use information and computing. The areas include type of devices, user interface and the application distribution platforms.
Devices: Mobile in the last decade only meant Laptops. Mobile Phones, Tablets and eReaders have recently taken over the mobile market share. Small screens have become so powerful that today they can meet almost every computing needs. TV’s, Gaming and Broadcasting devices have become intelligent enough to become an alternative computing platform.
User Interface: Mobile has emerged as one of the powerful platforms, supported by more powerful hardware and mobile operating systems. Users have been addicted to their mobile screens which come in variety of resolutions. But one thing is common and the consumers tend to like the switch “user interface”. It’s time to move from click based devices to touch enabled UI’s. The bread of the user interfaces are easier to navigate and access.
Distribution: App Stores have become an important and convenient source for the distribution of the Applications. Apple introduced the concept of an App Store to start with for their iOS platform that has now propagated to all mobile platforms. The App Store has been a huge success and has become an integral part for both the consumers and developers. App Store for consumers facilitates finding the kind of applications that they need by just searching at one place. Developers and Enterprises benefit from this as well, for them this has emerged as one of the marketing tools to penetrate their consumer driving applications to large audiences.
So now coming back to the point of on how Mobile can be adapted by large enterprises? In fact this brings me back to the 90’s, where there were similar risks and challenges in transitioning towards the web technologies from client server. Following factors would be a key to a successful mobile strategy:
- Target Audience
- Business Process
- Technology Platform
- Data and Security
- Systems Integration
- Risk Management
More to come on the mobile strategy in my next post, so stay tuned.
Conclusion – It’s time for the large enterprises to start embracing the power of Mobile.