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As we know, in many companies employees use different devices to get the same job done.  Mobile devices  such as phones and pads find their way into use and access of enterprise information.  What has been the attitude so far towards use of mobile by employees in business processes? Practically Nil.  It has been about one single universal secular need i.e. to access company emails and calendar. Based on this attitude, Enterprise Mobility so far has meant “locking down” employee phones and controlling their devices with device management software to make sure only authenticated employees get access and after they do wipe the device if in case they depart from company.  So at the start of the well documented BYOD trend, many companies’ IT departments’ main concern was about security of access and protection of information leading to more mobile device control. It was not about enhancing the benefits of a global, always connected, on any device kind of economy.  It was all about limiting intended and imagined damage.

With this pervasive attitude, Industry has seen growth and increase in enterprise wide mobile device management, or enterprise mobility management (EEM) as it is called.  However there is  a shift in what constitutes enterprise mobility within companies today.  There are questions that limiting damage has gone too far.  Questions arising are “Why not take advantage of its benefits of improving worker smarts and improving productivity?”  The perceived benefits that enterprise mobility can bring with smarter apps making smarter workers is rapidly changing attitudes.  For example, mobile sales apps that are location sensitive, context sensitive, providing for a richer optimized experience on any device makes sales CRM software a delight instead of an administrative chore on laptops.  Further allowing the user modify the workflow to include more real time access for e.g. social networks, social collaboration and cloud storage and other workflow/functions on the cloud makes the experience richer and powerful.

These shifting attitudes towards Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) have pushed enterprise IT departments to consider building work applications for access any-time any-where and on any device. Smart CIOs have realized that, along with PCs, mobile devices are becoming very much a part of the enterprise technology and are exploring more options when it comes to managing data, services and users, rather than controlling the device itself.

For enterprises  security will always be a priority, however mature companies are now recognizing the mobile device as a primary platform and are beginning to concentrate on enterprise productivity through the creation of newer enterprise mobile apps that result in rich optimized mobile experience through cloud based middle-ware platforms. In other words, instead of trying to control the device by turning off features, IT professionals are starting to think how to implant more features, such as work apps in order to provide their employees with the best tools at work.

As companies concentrate more on mobile productivity and less on the device itself, mobilizing enterprise applications is becoming a must for companies that don’t want to fall behind.  This is where MoNimbus promises to play its part of accelerating the mobile enterprise with a complete cloud based stack for end to mobile experience.

Enterprise IT is once again in the eye of the perfect storm of convergence with mobile, cloud and social technology factors. Enterprise CIO’s must manage IT budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars and reduce operating expense given the increase in budgets is not increasing more than 0.7% a year. While doing this, they must provide higher quality service that “aligns with the business” and manage a service delivery stream that is being turned on its head due to BYOD and consumerization of IT.
One lesson on the road to Lean operations is that IT needs the systems and processes in place to run a strategic business function. IT delivers Services and LOB apps to the business. Organizing around common business processes to the business and providing for mobile enabled LOB applications and services IT can be on a road to services that can be monetized. Organizing around services provides a common language on which to align IT with the Business and moving to a new platform of mobile, social and cloud can create a market for IT products. This establishes a framework for IT to operate like a ‘business” and manage the true costs and value of the services delivered.
Enterprise IT can then make supply decisions based on demand for e.g. do we bring out mobile sales or mobile services or mobile travel first. Enterprise IT can weigh market alternatives (cloud solutions, outsourced development cost)on equal terms. In addition, IT can establish a credible baseline unit cost of each service per user per seat, and acquire visibility into the discrete cost drivers of each service. By tracking the subscription cost per business service , IT leaders can communicate with business leaders in a language they understand, manage demand for IT Services, and better align with business priorities. Based on this model they can extend services built for their enterprises to others.
This is where MoNimbus™ can help accelerate enterprise IT to move into a revenue model for applications investment. MoNimbus™ changes the velocity of mobility adoption and its economics with its platform for configuring business services and readymade solutions. Enterprise IT can either make their own investments and depend on MoNimbus to embrace mobile social and cloud or go through NoNimbus public cloud for enterprise application hosting and configuration for optimized mobile experience. Peter fuller’s article on Dos and Don’ts of Mobile Enterprise applications is timely. At MoNimbus we took it to heart even before we read it. Our Mobile Enterprise philosophy is to help build applications that can be used any time, any where , any device and be productive with a next generation experience that combines the best of mobile,social and cloud. Above all the design philosophies embrace the following guidelines:

1. User Experience. We thought of simplicity and intuitiveness for all devices of any form-factor since at the end of the day the application needs to provide user sheer delight in using it at at any time.
2. Incorporate power of mobile. MoNimbus leverages the power of any device that is brought into the application workflow through native experience and use of sensors and features on it – for e.,g. phone book, camera, accelrometer etc.
3. Mash up framework. MoNimbus provides for a re-configurable framework for mashing cloud based business services and technology services to enhance and add value to the LOB application such that the experience is far beyond what it was originally designed for.
4. Empower Users. The ides behind MoNimbus is to create and empower users with an intelligent and smart experience far beyond what the original mandate of the application through real time additions to the application experience. Empowered users are productive and add value to the enterprise business.
5. Real time. Everything about MoNimbus is real time. Our model is one of real time consumption of existing applications with value grafted from cloud based services to make the application exponentially better in experience.