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Educated Enterprise Mobility Initiatives: Your first step towards unwiring your workplace.

Educated Enterprise Mobility Initiatives: Your first step towards unwiring your workplace.

Enterprise Mobility is not new; it has been around for many years in one form or another. There are plenty of early adopters out there and experienced exponents will tell you that Enterprise Mobility is more than just software and hardware. Enterprise Mobility is a journey undertaken by business to realize the benefits of a mobile workforce. Going Mobile for companies has many benefits and most companies are beginning to accept this into their environment. But, enterprises need to take an educated plunge into the limitless ocean that is Mobility.

One of the first things that every organization needs to consider is what business processes need to be mobilized. It doesn’t make sense to mobilize every process in the organization and making an informed decision beforehand holds the key to a successful mobile program. The next step is to identify the technology you wish to embrace. A good starting point would be to identify the general direction in terms of device and mobile OS as this could make or break how well your mobile program is received. This also helps in defining a strong roadmap for the implementation efforts ahead.

Once you have solved the puzzle around devices and mobile OS, then comes the all-important question that is on every CIOs mind–“Do I need a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) and how to I choose the best MEAP for my business?“ Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms are pre-built environments that allow an individual to fabricate a mobile application with the intended purpose of deploying the application to multiple mobile operating systems. As originally stated by Gartner, any organization planning on creating 3 or more enterprise class apps in the coming years should consider establishing a standardized MEAP.

Coming to app development, organizations need to understand the best methods to develop and deploy their apps. They need to weigh time, value and money when it comes to deciding whether they want to develop native, cross platform or hybrid apps. Native applications tend to take more time and efforts but result in better output and flexibility when it comes to the user interface. With Hybrid apps, it is completely the opposite. It reduces the implementation efforts with a slight compromise in the user interface and experience. This decision of which methodology to go for, can be taken by the organization depending on the criticality of the business process being mobilized. With emerging technologies such as Appcelerator, developers find an ease to develop apps by the “write code once, and deploy anywhere” policy followed by Appcelerator.

Before deploying the app, the next big challenge that needs to be addressed is security. Security concerns have been an issue ever since mobility became key technology in the enterprise. With a wide range of devices, platforms and specific methodologies that are associated with each platform, there are a plethora of threats that are out there, that endanger not only the devices but the businesses and their critical and sensitive data as well.

It is a daunting task for businesses to ensure that the corporate data being used remains confidential and is not shared by unauthorized parties. Application based threats such as malware or spyware software, can bypass the privacy settings and gain access to critical enterprise data. Moreover, as more mobile devices are connected to the Internet and access web services, there is a huge risk web-based threats which could lead to further exploitation of data. The use of un-trusted networks, devices and applications on personal or company owned devices leaves corporate data at huge risk of being compromised. In addition, physical risks involved with the mobile devices themselves, such as loss or theft of the device.

With a combination of Mobile Device Management tools such as Afaria or Mobile Application Management tools such as Apperian, enterprises can not only secure mobile devices but also offer app level security by creating an app wrapper that ensures that an organization’s sensitive data is safe.

Finally, a careful consideration of all of the above aspects needs to be made to ensure that everything fits into the decided budget and timelines. Innovapptive offers a comprehensive portfolio of modular, out-of-the box solutions that meet specific business needs. The integrated and modular enhancement approach helps to align your business and IT goals. The fixed, highly transparent scope allows a faster time to market while helping enterprises meet their project deadlines and achieve the specific business results they expect. The solutions can also lower the ratio of service costs to license costs and reduce total cost of implementation and total cost of ownership.

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