Consolidation in Enterprise Mobility - Executive Viewpoint 2013 Prediction: Catavolt

By George Mashini (Profile)
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Wednesday, January 9th 2013
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Cloud technology and mobile technology are converging to deliver a completely new opportunity for enterprises to efficiently distribute enterprise data to mobile workers. At the same time, mobile workers have been asking for real-time, relevant data to help them access and enter customer, product and logistical information while on the go. With the proliferation of mobile devices and growth of consumer applications, enterprises are finding it difficult to seamlessly deliver data across operating systems onto the mobile devices workers already own (i.e. smartphones and tablets).

This has led to BYOD (bring your own device), recognized to be an industry trend that has risen from consumerization rather than innovation. As BYOD becomes mainstream, IT is challenged to develop apps that meet the needs of the mobile workforce while maintaining enterprise level standards including security and scalability. At the same time, end users expect the same level of functionality and UI on corporate apps that they are accustomed to on consumer apps.  In fact, enterprise application availability on mobile devices is in high demand with recent reports estimating that 90% of organizations will support corporate applications on personal devices by 2014.

Some organizations have developed a BYOD policy to meet the growing concerns of IT managers around security, while some analysts predict IT will eventually encourage workers to use the devices they feel most comfortable using. The value of BYOD and the use of personal mobile devices for familiarity as a trend is hard to dispute—having the right data at the right time to make a better decision is powerful.

This leads us to conclude that there will be consolidation in the field of enterprise mobility.

The data mobile workers need is often only accessible through an enterprise system application. While some ERP applications lack the capability to integrate with other systems, organizations are looking to mobilize more value from existing ERP systems. Many organizations looked to developing their own applications using mobile enterprise application development (MEAP) tools as a long-term approach to deploying mobility to a variety of mobile devices across differing operating platforms. However, this approach is labor intensive, takes months to deploy and includes cumbersome application coding.

At this time, most companies lack the time and resources needed to re-engineer an application built from the ground up that satisfactorily meets the concerns of IT, mobile workforce and executives. This leads to the need for a new framework that can securely extract ERP system data without mobile app development for immediate access on any mobile device.

As the bond between dependence on mobile devices and enterprise system data continues to be strengthened, there is a shift away from expensive and complex all-encompassing ERP application development to a more cost-effective extension of enterprise data and content. This downward shift in the cost of enterprise mobility and increased efficiency will lead to increased adoption among companies actively looking for a mobile strategy. As CXO, CIOs and other executive level individuals examine their current IT strategy, mobilizing enterprises data will be a key component and growing demand from many departments outside of IT.