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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.


 

 

enterprisemobility image1There are 1.6 billion smartphones in the market and growing.  The number of connected devices is set to see further acceleration through pads, sensors, glasses, and watches.

With the increase of these devices at the edge of an enterprise, the first contact with the enterprise for most clients will be the mobile channel.  It makes mobile a strategic imperative and initiative for the enterprise. It becomes an important part of the enterprise IT stack and more the reason for embracing it at the earliest.

Consumerization leads to flexibility, untethered workers

Enterprises need to understand Mobility is the future.  The sooner they understand and move towards mobile the sooner they will see a competitive advantage.  If this is coupled with a better user experience it can lead to more efficient, smart workers.

Some businesses are taking it too literal and making the move to mobile first strategy with a rewrite of applications to a device.   This device centric focus costs huge time and money with very little to show on user experience.  What is necessary is a transformation of the application to next generation experience that embraces mobile, cloud and social.  Further if Applications take into account location, context, push to text, cross platform usage, leverage power of mobile they can result in making the app more predictive and anticipatory, thus making the user smarter and efficient.  This is the approach that MoNimbus prescribes.

It is through a cloud based middleware that can extract existing apps and transform them in real time.  The emphasis of this enterprise mobility approach is to keep the enterprise focused on its mission.  Digitization of the enterprise i.e. creation of web assets is what the company does best and should continue to do so. MoNimbus servers do the rest. That is active and real time transformation of application assets to optimized and intelligent experience on any device, anywhere in real time and on a SaaS model.

 


 

ROI

It is no secret that many enterprises have begun to mobilize their work applications and those who haven’t started yet are seriously considering taking this step. Some of these, however, are still reluctant to go mobile because they are unsure  of value for the enterprise and  measure of  return of investment (ROI)  in enterprise mobile apps.

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The BYOD and BYOA trends have actively been redefining the role of enterprise IT professionals. With so many mobile devices and free applications to choose, employees have changed the definition of “work” and “being at work” as many now have the opportunity to do their jobs far from the office. But this newfound freedom is the reason for the battle between employees who want to use apps of their choice and IT departments who strive to control how enterprise documents are used and with whom they are being shared.

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Mobile enterprise or out of business enterprise

 

An Enterprise Mobility strategy is not about devices or managing devices. It’s about a vision of how mobile technologies can help change or transform enterprise business processes and work flow.  It’s about a strategy that can improve the top lines and bottom line for an enterprise by employing smarter experience through mobile enterprise apps that results in smarter workers.

The year 2000 was about going ebusiness or out of  business. In 2013 it is about a mobile enterprise or out of business enterprise.  Enterprises need to decide if mobility is core to their business or not. If mobility is core to an enterprise business it does not naturally follow that that they need to own the expertise to have a successful mobility strategy.  They can outsource it.

The traditional strategy is one about using professional services to move the app to mobile, social and cloud. What about an alternate strategy of using a cloud based platform to create, transform, configure and customize managed mobile experiences in no time and with no retooling?  It offers an alternate path that changes the velocity of mobile adoption and economics for the same,

Let’s use the example of a retail enterprise.  There’s no question that mobile would be of great use to them.  They’ll want to build apps that will be downloaded off of public app stores.  That will give them the opportunity to connect and engage directly with customers, as well as provide them unique offers or the means to purchase goods directly from their mobiles.  They’ll probably also want to build custom or deploy 3rd party mobile applications for their employees.  Many of these kinds of internal apps are not necessarily retail specific, but there could also be apps for inventory management, supply chain, PO approval, asset tracking, etc.

But building and maintaining these applications can be an enormous – and potentially onerous – task and hence companies have always thought of the traditional approach, Outsource it.  With Monimbus™ the solution is to use a cloud based platform to transform existing workflow and data to mobile, cloud and social in real time with no retooling.  All on a SaaS model. It’s about real time consumption of the workflow altered to fit location, context anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Enterprises are buying into this strategy. A departure from delays and an expensive in house team to use MoNimbus™ to accelerate mobile enterprise.