Some of the mobile capabilities that we now take for granted weren’t even a possibility a few decades ago. Yet scientists and engineers continue to push the envelope, bringing us an ever-growing number of mobile device types, enterprise apps and unique ways to straddle the corporate and personal worlds. There has already been an upsurge in innovative advancements such as wearables, with scifi-inspired gadgets available for purchase at all kinds of retailers. The trend toward cloud services will continue, but with an emphasis on mobile devices and apps for easy access to files from anywhere. Malware on mobile devices is growing, the mobile device management (MDM) market is consolidating and we’re seeing an increased MDM focus on helping organizations grow the return on their mobility investments.
So how do you ensure that your mobile infrastructure is ready for whatever comes next? If you put in the strategic thinking and hard work now, you can rest easier knowing that your mobile environment is doing everything possible to foster employee productivity, increase responsiveness to customers and conserve costs. Read on to learn more about everything from strategic planning for the mobile landscape to supporting the revolving door of devices, apps and content. See how the separate components of your mobile infrastructure can work together to help you achieve a holistic environment that benefits you, your employees and your customers. Nobody really knows which notions of the future will come to pass. But savvy IT professionals will take advantage of today’s mobile possibilities while preparing their organizations for whatever comes flying down the road tomorrow. Be ready.
Enterprise Mobility Planning
WHY A MOBILITY STRATEGY MATTERS
Mobility is all about responsiveness, productivity and efficiency. But jumping into the sea of mobility without strapping on a life jacket won’t help your company swim faster… or even stay afloat.
LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP: WHY A MOBILITY STRATEGY MATTERS
Mobility is all about responsiveness, productivity and efficiency. But jumping into the sea of mobility without strapping on a life jacket won’t help your company swim faster… or even stay afloat. You need to define your enterprise mobility strategy, which means stepping back and taking the time necessary to get it right, both for today and for tomorrow. After all, without a strategy, you may be not only wasting money and duplicating effort but also putting your corporate data, business customers and long-term business goals at risk.
If you don’t consider your overall business goals as you develop a mobility strategy, you risk investing in mobile technology for mobility’s sake alone. Your mobile environment doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Employees who use mobile devices also need to use line-of-business apps, data stored on the corporate network and numerous other tools to do their work. By aligning your mobility strategy with the rest of your business, you’ll create happier employees and customers.
Also consider the flip side. If you’re making other kinds of changes to your IT environment, remember to take mobility into account.
Smart decisions make it easier to adapt over time while keeping a lid on costs. Skyrocketing mobility costs is a common fear for CIOs, but careful planning will help keep your mobility spend safely earthbound.
It’s tempting to race in and grab the latest and greatest devices, but taking the time to form a comprehensive strategy will result in long-term benefits. That planning may include some up-front costs – such as consulting fees if you choose to work with an outside mobility strategist – but a small investment now will yield large dividends later in the form of heightened employee productivity, streamlined management and the ability to take advantage of economies of scale.