Friday, July 4, 2014

Enterprise Mobility Complexity

With a myriad of choices available today, transmigration of enterprise computing platforms to mobility presents an increasingly complex landscape for enterprises to thread. Chris Marsh, a principal analyst with Yankee Group’s enterprise research group aptly summarized this conundrum as following:

"All of our survey data points to a rise in the proportion of enterprises finding managing the complexity of mobile very difficult – not just a challenge, but very complex. Part of the reason for this is because as a nascent industry there are way more stand-alone point services than there are truly integrated solutions – off-the-shelf apps and 3rd party app stores, EMM services, API management tools, development tools and application platforms, analytics platforms, QA & testing tools to name but a few categories. This is alongside an already often very complicated estate of legacy enterprise IT infrastructure and services, little of which is mobile-friendly. Patching this mish-mash of solutions together creates massive cost and complexity for enterprises in integration and management, it makes it very hard to establish an ROI, it makes for inefficient workflows between employees along the mobile lifecycle and it doesn’t do anything to help unify the different company stakeholders – whether network services, IT, developers or business analysts, legal folks, or LOB project owners."

Difficult but not impossible. Clearly, if the depth and breadth of these challenges are sufficiently understood, then enterprise mobility endeavors can be carefully balanced against emerging trends and critical considerations.

Tackling the tectonic shift to mobility single-handedly may not be the most efficacious approach. Leveraging proven expertise in the field of enterprise mobility is probably a more optimal path to achieving the expected ROI.

Here is the link to the Chris Marsh interview on the Appcelerator site:

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