May 06, 2014
7 Ways to Unlock the Potential of Enterprise Mobility
Enterprise mobility offers a wide range of benefits to companies, especially to the traditional IT landscape. For example, the BYOD (bring your own device) movement creates a paradigm where users can opt for the hardware they prefer without a company having to incur capital hardware expenses. However, for organizations to tap into the full potential of enterprise mobility, they must master a range of new mobile capabilities. Nick Jones, Gartner’s vice president and distinguished analyst, outlined the top mobile technologies and capabilities firms must master in 2015 and 2016.
- Multiplatform/Multiarchitecture Application Development Tools. Jones advises that most companies will need application development tools to support Android, iOS, and Windows and native, hybrid and mobile Web application architecture. “Tool selection will be a complex balancing act, trading off many technical and nontechnical issues (such as productivity versus vendor stability), and most large organizations will need a portfolio of several tools to deliver to the architectures and platforms they require,” Jones notes.
- HTML5. As HTML5 matures, it will be essential for firms to deliver applications across multiple platforms.
- Advanced Mobile User Experience Design. Consumer apps have set a high standard for new interface design that firms must meet in the enterprise. Make sure your enterprise apps take user experience into account to maximize app adoption.
- Wearable Devices. Jones predicts the smart phone will become “the hub of a personal-area network consisting of wearable gadgets such as on-body healthcare sensors, smart jewelry, smart watches, display devices (like Google Glass) and a variety of sensors embedded in clothes and shoes.” We recently wrote a post further explaining the impact of wearable devices in the enterprise.
- Enterprise Mobile Management. To fully exploit enterprise mobility, firms will need to focus on mobile device management, mobile application management (MAM®), app wrapping and containerization, and some elements of enterprise file synchronization and sharing.
- Mobile-Connected Smart Objects. As the Internet of Things grows with sensors monitoring a variety of things, smart phones and tablets will need to perform many functions.
- Cellular technologies. Long Term Evolution (LTE) and its successor LTE Advanced (LTE-A) are cellular technologies that will improve download speeds and reduce latency, giving users improved bandwidth and superior performance. This will only increase enterprise users’ appetite for – and the pressure on IT shops to deliver - a wider variety of robust, fast apps.