In a recent article written by TIMEBusiness.com, reporter John Brandon talks about how the "faster processor" (A6) and "faster network" (LTE) make the iPhone 5 more appealing for business users who crave speed. Fonemine believes that both new features while necessary for business users, are not by themselves, sufficient enough to spur rampant use within enterprise users.
What’s needed is a positive user experience of mobile enterprise applications. Mobile application vendors appealing to enterprise organizations need to intelligently leverage the faster speeds and features of the iPhone 5 to make mobility apps more appealing and hence drive greater user adoption. Fast speeds may be important to a sales warrior using a mobile sales application, but a user-friendly interface will ultimately determine whether or not the application will be listed in the frequently used category. Some examples of design choices available that can affect the overall usability are: (a) what media to stream vs. download (b) what data to cache vs. fetch real-time (c) what work to do on the client device vs. server side. Simply put, speed and performance alone will not drive enterprise-wide adoption of mobile apps.
What becomes even more glaring is the issue of integration in enterprise IT departments. Currently this is inhibiting the deployment of enterprise-wide mobile applications that can dramatically improve productivity and performance of employees in the field.
Stay tuned for a follow up blog post on application integration of mobile apps in the enterprise.