Enterprise Mobility – Key Things to Consider When Pursuing Mobility Implementation

September 20, 2011 No Comments

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar with Jeffrey Hammond, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research and Rohit Sharma, Global Head of Mobility at Virtusa.  The topic was “Overcoming Challenges in Early Stage Enterprise Mobility Programs”.  This post is a short synopsis of the webinar.  For those who were not able to attend the session, you can view it here.

The webinar started with Jeffrey Hammond reflecting back to the early 1980’s with the introduction of the personal computer.  He offered his observation that many IT organizations are reacting to mobile devices and smartphones today in the same way IT organizations greeted the PC; with skepticism and doubt.  Today, the personal computer is a dominant platform for computing power, a major productivity tool and a huge segment of the technical market.  Hammond predicted that mobile computing will exceed the personal computer many times over.

Questions for Starting Mobility Program

Planning to start your mobility journey? Jeffrey Hammond said there are few questions that must be answered before you begin. These include  the following:

  • Who are the target users of the mobility program – Customers? Employees? Partners or others?
  • Do you have a mobility strategy in place? Who drives it?
  • Which are the platforms and devices under consideration for your mobility program?
  • Is the focus on HTML 5 or native apps?
  • What skills need to be developed for building the mobile apps?
  • What are the security and management policies?
  • Have you considered global device and network diversity into your strategy?

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