Change is coming… to enterprise mobility and the shift is happening in a blink of an eye. You might say that it’s an over-statement on my part. The reality is not really far-fetch, thanks to the BYOD movement. Mobile is the new IT, no doubt. Back in the 80′s, big companies invested millions on desktop computers because they believed that this will make their employees productive. Today, everything changed with mobile apps running on smartphones, tablets and somewhere in between. Going mobile used to be a business cost and now, a means to transform the way people work. With these said, one can wonder who owns mobility in the enterprise.
From Cloud Exploration to Cloud Business
The adoption of cloud within the enterprise is becoming less experimental, evolving into a vital production tool in the workplace. IT departments are starting to take cloud computing and security more seriously. From the CIO to marketing departments and business managers, the power-shift is happening. Almost everyone can now work with mobile applications, thanks to vendors who have listened well and designed something simple and useful for their end-users. According to a research done by Forrester, business leaders who are making lots of renegade tech purchases are 50% more likely to increase spending. No matter, we’re seeing a rise in the number of tech-savvy business executives who can now interact more effectively with IT.
Taking the Management Out of Enterprise Mobility
There is an emerging discipline within enterprise where people, processes and technology are managed based on the increasing use of mobile devices, computing and wireless networks in the workplace. While mobility may free business units from the iron grip of IT, there must be balance where managing this revolution is concerned. While you can play the paranoia game, thanks to the revelations made by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, people should be empowered to go mobile without putting corporate data at risk. One way to do this is to implement a unified network infrastructure that delivers a secured virtual network for its user. This means having reliable connectivity too. Also, having a unified architecture approach helps – from routers, servers, wireless access points, security to business apps. The last thing you want is for your people opting out simply because the company-provided tools didn’t perform well on their devices.
Should You Mobilize Everything?
What can empower your team more is through giving them access to their work and personal data – anytime, anywhere on their mobile devices. The challenge? Not everyone feels ready for this transformation simply because they think they are wasting money on this investment. Can you really bring in mobility, data security and self-service come to work without risking data control? This is everyone’s dream. The solutions available right now in the market may be far from perfect, but I’m optimistic that we’re finally getting there. For now, I’d say spend more time researching on how you can create your own work apps, train your people to efficiently use mobility in their jobs, and make sure that everyone knows the value of going mobile.
Technology has the power to transform or deform your brand. The choice is totally up to you…