By: John Cabri

Enterprise mobility is quickly becoming an imperative across all industries. This is primarily due to increases in operational efficiencies and measurable productivity gains achieved across the organization. Because mobile is able to leverage existing execution models and provide better feedback through a richer set of analytics, those businesses that are waiting to invest in mobile technologies will be on the short side of a widening gap relative to their competitors.

But what is mobility? Simply stated, we look at mobility as the means for an employee to be productive on any device in order to securely access the apps and data required to complete their tasks.

For those companies looking to remain competitive in the future, investments in applications, infrastructure, and security should be at the top of the list. Across the spectrum of businesses (ie, company size, industry), we’ve found that those who get bogged down and feel overwhelmed at the prospects of what a mobile strategy might entail should begin their implementation of mobile in bite-sized chunks. This allows those entering the mobility space the foundation to implement (or refine) their guidelines with regard to policies, compliance, and privacy.

But how to begin? Investment in applications may be easiest and least expensive way to start. Apps allow businesses to streamline workflows and increase productivity almost immediately. In fact, a recent study by Telework Exchange contends that mobile device users in the U.S. federal government gain an estimated nine hours a week in productivity, equating to nearly $28.4 billion a year in savings from productivity gains.

From our perspective, the focus of mobility across the enterprise should be on the measurable productivity gains at both the individual and aggregate level. Therefore, when considering your mobility initiative, you may want to focus on productivity as the core component.

I would be interested in hearing from you on your approach to mobility.