An efficient mobile-enabling solution needs to address several factors amicably in order to deliver the desired results. The most important areas that need to be addressed harmoniously in the quest for superior mobile-enabling solutions are:
Although most enterprises feel developing, deploying and supporting a single mobile platform would be easy, efficient and cost effective for mobile-enabling their enterprise, the truth is radically different. Since true enterprise mobility is not restricted to the enterprise and its workforce, consideration for other mobile platforms is critical for the success of a mobile-enabled enterprise. The support for heterogeneous mobile infrastructure with various devices and iterations of mobile operating systems such as Symbian, Palm, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and other Linux variants is the need of the hour.
*DLP: Data Loss Prevention
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
BYOD in enterprise mobility is more of a reality than a concept. With executives and end-users preferring to carry a single, unified and simplified gadget for work and communication, access to enterprise functionalities on their smart devices makes business sense. It is cost-effective, reduces training and instantly improves productivity due to device and its operating system familiarity. Enterprises have observed a remarkable shift from desktops to laptops or netbooks, and now it is time to transition to handheld mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Enterprises need a mobile platform that can adapt to their existing backend IT infrastructure, a variety of mobile application development scenarios and different mobile devices and mobile operating systems. Enterprises are also keen on open systems for rapid development, deployment and delivery of mobile solutions and services. This kind of open and extensible architecture helps enterprises to go mobile without affecting their existing enterprise infrastructure and try out new mobile, web and cloud services in the extended enterprise.
Enterprise solutions work flawlessly within the enterprise even with simultaneous access, control and updates. However, when enterprise functionalities leave the premises, connectivity and storage takes importance. Most mobile devices work with limited resources be it processing, memory or disk space. On top of it 24/7 internet connectivity, regardless of the location, is still not a reality in any country. In such a situation, cloud services rescue enterprise mobile deployments and enables mobile devices to function offline with the latest data. Later when there is connectivity, enterprise databases can be synchronized safely and securely.
Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM)
Enterprise mobility on heterogeneous devices, and its software ecosystem, requires a unified management system. It is impossible to individually manage each mobile platform, especially when the end-user’s device, software system and location is unknown or changes frequently. Mobile Device Management (MDM) can help enterprises to centralize operations of multiple smart devices effortlessly, transparently and seamlessly.
Enterprises go mobile to add strategic value to their business. However, any complexities in the mobile platform is an obstacle in deriving value from it and even affects the existing infrastructure, especially during integration with backend systems and third-party or custom solutions. Therefore, the robustness of the enterprise mobile platform in terms of security, usability and productivity is critical. Such a system reduces technological complexities, integrates holistically and simplifies enterprise mobility for smooth deployment and effortless management.
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