Embracing mobility in your company will make your enterprise more agile, cost efficient and competitive by seizing the opportunities available through the proliferation of mobile devices and the near universal of connectivity. In fact it no longer is an option in today’s mobile world, it is a necessity. Many IT departments believe this can cost them more money, but it doesn’t have to be that way, and in the longer run it will save your company time and money.
Employees and customers expect to interact with the company from their mobile devices, and they expect their mobile business solutions to be as simple to use as possible as the personal solutions they use outside the office.
We know that the sales of smart mobile devices have surpassed a billion shipments in 2012, and will reach between 2 billion and 3 billion over the next few years, depending on which study you choose to look at when calculating this range. But regardless of which study you look at, one thing that is consistent is that Mobility is a defining characteristic of not only a new era in computing, but also new ways in which we live, work, communicate and interact. In order for your company to stay ahead of their competition your IT department must think in the following way:
- Simplify the process of adding a mobile device
Any application that has a browser–based interface should have a mobile interface as well. The mobile interface should be familiar to users and require no rework for administrators. Actually, there should be no distinction between a standard browser interface and mobile interface. If you have to reinvent the wheel every time you want to add mobile capabilities to an application you could end up spending a lot more money than needed if you had a platform that enables you to simply add a mobile view.
- Utilize The Native Capabilities of the Mobile Device
Each mobile application should be capable of taking advantage of the native capabilities of mobile devices and their unique characteristics. So, what is meant by this? Mobile users tend to focus on higher volume of simple tasks and they expect to complete them using minimal interaction. Your company will get more value out of your mobile applications if you make it easier for users to quickly access frequently viewed documents, or if you enable them to use simple commands that involve more clicking and less typing.
- Get IT Out From Behind the Desk and Into the Real World Of Business
It is important to not forget that by mobilizing your IT department you will be saving money. You will be enhancing mobile capabilities for the enterprise and mobile applications can be used to shift the paradigm in how the IT department delivers services to the business.
- Provide IT Management with Better Information for Faster Decisions
In today’s fast pace world, businesses for the most part operate around the clock and it’s very important to eliminate downtime and ensuring that any critical problems are solved immediately. If IT decision makers have a mobile interface that accesses the entire infrastructure, they can quickly assess and address problems in real time, and give their feedback to the IT department immediately.
- Enhance Collaboration and Strengthen the Development of Custom Applications
Collaboration with the IT department has huge benefits. One of them being it makes the IT more accessible and connected to the business and the management team. What you will see is that the organization will start to interact more with business decision makers and become more collaborative in approaching the development of custom applications and business services in the company.
We are living in a digital era, and technology is evolving as you read this. So, it just makes sense to prepare your company for increase mobility and prepare your platform for inevitable changes instead of trying to patch up your browsers and spend more money than needed every time you need to add a mobile application. It just makes sense to plan ahead for changes in smart mobile devices.