These days you can’t step out the front door without being hit by some new statistic confirming the Age of Mobile has arrived. Tablets and phones dwarfing PC shipments? Check. Mobile app projects soon to vastly outnumber traditional application projects? You bet. Mobile phones more ubiquitous than indoor plumbing? Yes, even that too.
What these statistical fireworks really announce is a sea change in the way enterprises – and enterprise IT – must operate. Companies positioned to win the Age of Mobile have grasped the three principles of the era:
- Apps are different from applications.
- APIs are the lifeblood of mobility.
- Analytics eliminate the guesswork in mobile success.
In a world of apps, the user is king. Those of us raised on client/server and early web may retain certain hard-coded expectations for how systems work and behave. But the mobile generation has a radically different expectation, one that honors users with more of a personal, targeted, and context-aware experience. And "user" here refers to everyone: customer, partner, or employee. Winning the user requires more than just a pretty face on the app — it requires a new breed of analytics.
Mobile is driving disruption and enabling amazing new opportunities in every business sector and vertical. The mobile revolution is unmistakable and it is happening at breathtaking speed. There are new roles, new processes, and fundamentally different technology stacks. Extending what has been done before will not work. A new approach is needed. This paper explores the new reality of the mobile application lifecycle what changes are required to be successful.
As mobility becomes a core piece of your customer and employee engagement arsenal (like the web, PCs, and other technology evolutions), your enterprise must centralize and align your strategies for enablement and delivery. Piecemeal department/LOB-led methods deliver technology and resource fragmentation, inconsistent business results, and misaligned security and governance. The Center of Excellence (or Center of Innovation) is a concept that has existed for decades for the express purpose of governance and standardization. The Mobile Center of Excellence focuses on how mobility can enable your enterprise to succeed.
Now more than ever mobile applications are becoming commonplace in the workplace and our daily lives. People now use their mobile devices for much more than phone calls and emails. They are becoming the primary way users interact with work, the Internet, and friends and family. In fact, there are almost 6 billion mobile devices in the world and Gartner states mobile payment transactions will reach over $500 billion by 2016. While mobility brings great opportunity, it can also introduce significant risk to businesses.
This paper explores the biggest challenges about succeeding with mobile and provides a checklist to evaluate mobile application platforms.
This white paper explores the role cloud services play in the delivery of new mobile applications. Several ‘do-it-yourself’ implementation options are described along with their challenges.