By: Kumail Tyebjee, Vice President and Business Leader, Mobility & Digital Business, Mphasis
Consumerization of IT has resulted in increasing expectations among employees for enterprise mobile applications, making
mobility an inevitable necessity. Numerous converging technological boundaries, continuous mobile connectivity, and on-demand information needs and expectations are driving the IT leadership to provide the same level of access and usability
for the enterprise users. In the process of building a roadmap, both the IT leaders and the business teams get a better understanding of what their needs are. This process also helps them better define, prioritize, and execute the hard hitting and most used mobility applications.
Enterprises across businesses are accepting the increasing inclination of employees towards bringing their own person mobile devices to work. BYOD as a trend is emerging rapidly, compelling organizations to rethink their business models, revive their operations to procure the benefits, and overcome the challenges of enterprise mobility.
Increased client demands and intense competition have forced corporates across different lines of business to look at mobility and adopt technological tools to generate business growth, enhance their RoI, and expand their customer base.
ENTERPRISE MOBILITY: THE ROAD AHEAD
Enterprise mobility is no longer an option, but rather an acute business requirement. Given this scenario, organizations across businesses need to embrace mobility platforms that can unlock productivity and optimize ongoing process changes that span the core operating model.
Organizations that delay accepting the inevitable proliferation of enterprise mobility may find themselves hamstrung by inflexible legacy systems environments that put them at severe disadvantage compared to more adventurous and risk-tolerant competitors.
By taking a gradual and measured path, organizations can more effectively rewire their operations and survive ongoing business challenges, while embracing tools and techniques that power new organizational structures and facilitate more collaborative and real-time ways of working. In an organization, BYOD and mobility management have emerged as a complex process for the large enterprises that are operational across geographies. They face critical challenges with regards to the preferences of their staff as they choose their own devices and customize them according to their usability.
Segregating the personal and official usage is a critical
challenge for the managers. BYOD is quickly becoming the norm, with 71% of the companies allowing, accommodating, and encouraging the use of personally owned devices. Of these companies,
76% estimate that more than 100 unidentified devices access their networks each day. To gain excellence in mobility, enterprises need full life cycle services for complete enterprise mobility enablement with deep specialization in mobility structures, user experience design, handheld platforms, deployment, and specialized quality assurance.
The enterprise mobility market continues to grow and evolve, driven primarily by the requirements of consumers rather than enterprise buyers. But with the threat of BYOD initiatives, those two worlds are coming together.
For enterprise mobility managers, this presents some daunting challenges. BYOD may lead to a wider range of devices, and a multiplicity of implementations—some of which are far more enterprise-ready than others. But lenient device acceptance without strong security policies is a recipe for disaster. Regardless of who owns the device, IT is still responsible for managing and securing corporate systems and data. More enterprises are moving mobility initiatives to the front burner and developing systems and policies to ensure users get the productivity benefits of mobility while not exposing the organization to undue risks. Enterprises are just embarking on this brave new world of mobility, and there are still plenty of issues to be resolved.