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TabletSmartphones and tablets are completely changing business. More and more businesses are looking at creating mobile apps for their business eco-system – employees, partners, customers.
But developing apps for a global distributed enterprise eco system is not simple. Enterprises have to work with multiple technologies, highly distributed environments and computing networks. More importantly, apps need to be developed for the long term and next generation experience. Those who specialize in creating enterprise apps need to keep in mind the following factors:
User Experience: Simply porting an application from desktop to mobile will not cut it. Mobile devices have a different real estate as well as different user Interfaces. Furthermore mobile devices are governed by context that is different depending on the location at the time of usage. An application needs to take all of this into account. Next generation mobile app needs to be designed with the user experience at its core.
Incorporating power of sensors: It¹s worth remembering that most of today’s mobile devices are powerful. They have cameras, GPS, accelerometers, Bluetooth and wi-fi (and some also include near field communication sensors too). Next Generation mobile app needs to make most of these sensors. It must be complete with many features such as the ability to reorient the display if the device is tilted to features that enable users to snap a picture and upload it straight into the system or get real-time updates based on location.
Incorporating newer form factors: The latest focus of all device makers is to move to a smaller, but functioning consumer form factor i.e. a watch. Design apps that are future proofed, that can be used on a TV screen to a watch.
Incorporating peer level services: The cloud is a programmable hub. All apps loaded on local devices that are in close proximity to the mobile and accessible to the mobile app can provide for a rich experience. Next generation mobile app should be in a position to integrate these peer level apps and bring them into pay to create a richer experience.
Empower the users: It is important to empower the user by enabling the user to configure her own experience and allowing her to integrate other business services, third party apps, themes into business applications e.g. social, mapping and traffic information feeds etc.
An app transformed with these factors can enable users to be more productive, make their jobs easier and even revolutionize a workforce. MoNimbus™ is the industry first cloud based mobile platform that allows creation of rich, customized, and managed mobile enterprise experiences in no time and with zero code.

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.