Enterprise mobility has many obvious benefits. Employees can work from anywhere. Sales engagements can happen at any time. Deals can be closed on the move.
Chances are your organization already has some form of mobile strategy in place, with well-received applications. However, the pitfall for many organizations is the lack of a mobility roadmap: an action plan that clearly defines where the company is and where it wants to go.
Here are five simple steps for road-mapping your way to an efficient, low-cost enterprise mobility strategy.
Research Use Cases
Don’t rush into a new strategy just for the sake of mobilizing your workforce. First identify all the areas where mobility could impact your business. In what scenarios are employees most likely to use mobile apps and devices? How about customer engagement? Internal systems? Not only will this make device and app selection easier, but it will also help rally the key stakeholders when it’s time to get buy-off.
Rope in a Range of Stakeholders
Every good organizational initiative has a champion, whether that person is a departmental influencer or a senior-level staffer who can pitch it to executives with a price tag. It’s always a plus to have others on your team backing you up—but casting a wide net outside your department will generate conversations about how mobility can benefit the workplace in ways you might not have considered.
Assess Your Mobility Maturity
Whether you want them to or not, employees are bringing personal devices to the office and using them for work. The question is, are you prepared to handle it? Perhaps the biggest factor in your mobile maturity is security. Data travels far and wide these days, and it needs protection everywhere it goes. You might also think about how you plan to support mobile apps and devices and how prepared you are to resolve any resulting issues.
Retrofit Your Architecture
Here’s a big speed bump: Yesterday’s architectures were simply not designed with mobility in mind. The physical data center can be a major barrier when companies try to make do with their existing IT constraints. It’s not enough to design and deploy a great app. You also need a flexible mobile architecture to support the app, whether its data lives on-premises or in the cloud.
Always Be Revising
Like many technologies, mobility is evolving continuously and quickly. As new technologies develop, so do new ways of working. To keep up, your company needs to evolve in tandem. We recommend a quarterly analysis of your mobile strategy—this will help you stay aware of breaking trends and help your mobile strategy stay in step with your business.
While these tips touch on just a handful of items your organization should keep in mind, they ought to give you an idea of what a truly effective mobility strategy requires.