As enterprise mobility becomes a real competitive requirement, a growing number of organizations are placing mobility strategies at the top of their agenda. However, IT leaders are facing a multitude of challenges when implementing mobility initiatives. They often have limited budgets and tight timelines to deliver efficient mobility solutions that can streamline mobile access to back-end systems and accelerate core workflows, all while minimizing the trade-off between security and usability. The goal is to strike the right balance between mobile workforce requirements, cost and security in order to reap the productivity and performance gains mobility promises to deliver.
Recently, Fonemine held a Webinar entitled, “The Future State of Enterprise Mobility” to give IT leaders a better insight into enterprise mobility trends, growth drivers and challenges. If you were unable to join us for this Web session, please read on and learn how you can maximize the value of your mobility investments and prepare your enterprise for the future of mobile.
Key Drivers behind Enterprise Mobility Investments
Today, a growing number of enterprises are implementing mobility solutions to achieve one or more of following results:
- Increase workforce productivity
- Enhance operational efficiencies
- Better customer service
- Reduce costs
- Remain competitive
All of these factors have turned mobility into a key component of enterprise IT infrastructure, driving mobile investments and propelling growth of the global enterprise mobility market which is projected to exceed $160 billion by the year 2015.
Enterprise Mobility Challenges
Enterprise mobility is incredibly complex and it continues to challenge organizations as they try to keep up with rapid advances in mobile technology. The most common issues with implementing enterprise mobility include:
One of the primary worries of IT leaders is effectively deploying mobility solutions without disrupting budget constraints and deployment schedules. Success of mobility projects is often hindered by extremely long time to value to build and deploy new apps. Another major challenge with implementing enterprise mobile apps is ensuring effective integration with legacy enterprise systems to enable uninterrupted access to data that drives the business.
How is Enterprise Mobility Being Solved Today?
The explosion of mobile devices, increasing acceptance of the BYOD trend, and constantly evolving user requirements are challenging enterprises to deliver mobile apps that can keep pace with both the advances in mobile technology and the dynamic needs of their business. Currently, organizations have three choices for developing mobile applications, and each has its unique set of benefits and drawbacks:
- Device-specific Mobile Application Development Tools (MAD). Enterprises can develop applications natively for each major mobile platform. This approach has several distinct advantages, especially in terms of usability and functionality, but it also has at least one major drawback – cost. If an organization wants to support multiple operating systems, it has to build multiple native apps, which is generally cost prohibitive.
- Cross-Platform Mobile Application Development Tools (MADP) enable enterprises to develop multi-platform mobility apps that take advantage of device specific functionalities. However, these mobile apps usually lack a rich user interface and the look and feel of true native apps.
- HTML5 based client containers. This is a hybrid approach that combines the best of both world worlds – native and HTML5 apps. However, these apps are considerably slower compared to the above two, and are prone to security vulnerabilities because they run on a mobile device's Web browser.
How to Address Evolving Mobility Challenges?
The ideal scenario for the enterprise would be a mobility solution that can accelerate mobilization of corporate data by creating secure, scalable, native apps that work with all enterprise systems. Until recently, a viable and affordable mobility solution that fits all of the above requirements was simply not available in the market.
An entirely new class of solutions called Mobile Application Configurators is emerging to make rapid mobilization of corporate data possible without zero coding. One such solution is Fonemine’s MobileForce, a new disruptive service that gives enterprises the ability to unify the data from all their systems in a single, native app that is easily customizable and works across all mobile devices. Organizations get a direct, secure connection to any enterprise application that their mobile users require access to.
MobileForce leverages the power of the cloud to deliver increased scalability, flexibility, and time-to-market advantages. With MobileForce, enterprises can avoid months of programming and testing and effectively deploy mobile applications in under 30 days, removing the deployment complexity and high costs. MobileForce is affordable, dynamic mobility solution that empowers organizations to better address device and OS heterogeneity and future-proof their mobility initiatives.
The full recording of the Future State of Mobility webinar is available in video resources section of the Fonemine website. To learn more about Fonemine MobileForce solutions, please visit http://corp.fonemine.com/