Employees these days are relying more on smartphones rather than desktops to perform business activities. These devices and mobile apps are helping employees to perform tasks faster & gain productivity improvements. Enterprises that do not implement mobility in their workplace may soon fail to run business at optimum efficiency and loose business. So, it is essential for companies to implement mobility in their organizations as early as possible. Enterprises planning to implement mobility shall understand the true reality of mobile application development and erase the common enterprise mobility myths associated. In this article, i debunk some of the common enterprise mobility myths associated with enterprise mobile application development and provide the actual facts. Lets get started.
Enterprise Mobility Myths
Myth #1: Enterprise Mobility is Optional
Employees need access to data to perform business activities. With employees more mobile than ever and with increase in need for handiness of data, enterprise mobility is no more optional. Field employees can use mobile solutions to complete work orders, Inventory personnel can use mobile solutions to perform faster data collection and more. All these improve employee productivity & ensure that the enterprise has real time status.
Myth #2: Application Development is all about Coding
The need for faster deployment of mobile solutions made way for Rapid Mobile Application development tools that help enterprises to develop applications without much of a code. These tools are helpful for enterprises that are planning to deploy apps quickly & do not want to rely heavily on coding. With options to input custom code, RMAD tools offer flexibility to developers to customize app as per enterprise needs.
Myth #3: Enterprise Mobility is all about application development
Enterprises believe that mobility is all about application development. This is one of the common enterprise mobility myths that enterprises have. Developing mobile applications is only a part of the entire process. Other than application development, enterprise mobility involves creating a better user experience for application users, understanding the user problems, implementing MDM/MAM & governance policies, usage analytics etc. Application development is a core part of enterprise mobility. however, the other elements mentioned are essential for a successful enterprise mobility. Ignoring these elements can bring mobile implementation to a stand still.
Myth #4: With enterprise mobility, you need to compromise on Security
implementing right security measures & policies, enterprises need not worry about security. Enterprises can mitigate risks by taking measures such as device data encryption, & authentication of data transfers, implementation of MDM/MAM tools to control devices/apps.
Myth #5: Mobile Technologies will Mature
Unlike other technologies, mobile technologies are rapidly evolving and are advancing year on year. Mobile technologies evolved from simple & easy to use application to complex applications offering Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence capabilities. These technologies are finding place in Inventory departments & Field service areas. Considering the bigger picture of mobile technologies, we feel that mobile technologies have a lot of scope for technology evolvement & is less likely that they will mature soon.
Myth #6: Approach for Enterprise mobile Strategy & Desktop ERP are same
Enterprises think that mobile strategy development & implementation is similar & assumes that there is no need for additional people to implement mobility in the organization. However, that’s not the case. As enterprise mobility deals with mobile devices & applications, selecting the right technology & right device, implementing the right security policies/MDM/MAM/EMM & following the enterprise best practices are essential for enterprise mobility success. In addition, mobile strategist needs to implement mobile governance policies, find out user problems that mobility will solve, analyze analytics & calculate ROI from mobility.
Myth #7: Better Build than Buy
Enterprises building mobile applications have invested a lot of resources to implement mobility in their organizations. Building applications take a lot of time & effort & as gartner says, enterprises build applications at an average rate 4-6 per year. At this rate, enterprises take light years to fully mobilize their enterprise. However, with the ever changing & evolving mobile technologies, companies need to stay up to date to maintain competitive advantage. So, companies shall consider the Buy option from Vendors that keep themselves upto date in terms of technology & offers solutions that are cost effective.