Posted by:Shyam Deval May 17th, 2016

While we are increasingly focused on Digital Health and IoT as our primary areas of work, I still keenly watch for developments and trends in Enterprise Mobility as these trends can tell a lot about how some of the world’s leading corporations are maximizing productivity of their employees by giving them access to data and information from the corporate systems (many of which are probably dated legacy systems).

Here are some findings in a recent report by Enterprise Mobility Exchange on state of Global Enterprise Mobility along with some of my observations to provide context to those findings.

  • 24.6% of companies surveyed reported that they are in ‘early implementation’ stage in their mobility journey – a 35% increase from previous years.Mobility has proven to be once in a generation disruptive force for most organizations – so they have tended to tread very cautiously in their mobility initiatives.
          Many of them spent a considerable amount of time in running one or more pilot programs before committing to significant investments in mobility solutions.The significant jump in number of companies in ‘early implementation’ stage tells us a couple of things
    • Pilot mobility programs showed enough promise and positive outcome
    • Enterprise Mobility Solutions have matured allowing a level of comfort for companies to venture deeper into the mobility initiatives
  • ‘Mobile Applications Development’ continues to draw the highest amount of investments as companies mobilize increasing number of operational functions.But what stood out for me is that ‘Mobile & Enterprise Security’ was second on the list for planned investment ahead of EMM/MDM/MAM as well as BYOD solutions.
         This is another sign of how Enterprise Mobility has matured over the years where the focus is no longer on just managing devices but providing productivity applications on those devices. With increasing concern over data breaches, it is then no surprise that companies are investing heavily in protecting the mobile access to the corporate systems
  • Increasing productivity and operational efficiency are top two reasons for investments in mobility initiatives, which is certainly a shift from purely customer-focused projects.  Mobility projects are also no longer simply about responding to competitor’s mobility initiatives.There is certainly a much higher level of programmatic maturity for why mobility projects are undertaken and a greater emphasis on measuring ROI for them
  • As the mobility initiatives become more ‘main-stream’ within organizations so does the need for mobile apps to interface with legacy corporate systems – many of them decades old.  So it’s not a surprise then that not only integrating with legacy systems is reported as a challenge by close to 50% of companies, it also saw a significant jump of 37% from last year.
        As companies learn that the real transformation from mobility is going to come from integrating mobile apps with operating systems, successfully handling the challenge of integration with legacy system is going to become more critical.It is no surprise then that organizations are increasingly engaging mature companies like BTC for these mobility projects
  • One area that not surprisingly companies say they will focus on when looking at a slightly longer horizon is IoT.As use cases become clearer for IoT, we can only expect the investment in IoT projects to accelerate rapidly.IoT is today where mobility was 5 years ago with companies piloting projects to identify true impact areas and understand the challenges they need to tackle in the increasingly connected world of ‘things’
  • One thing that stood out for me is how high companies rated ‘change management’ as an obstacle to implementing mobility and IoT solutions.Even though this is a real challenge, the recognition of it shows that mobility initiatives have now become more strategic and reached a level of maturity not seen before
In today’s blog I mostly touched on the ‘quantitative’ findings from the report.In next week’s blog, I will get into some of the learning’s identified from companies who undertook significant mobility initiatives in last 12-18 years.

Do you agree with the findings from this report? Does your mobility journey mirror the findings from it? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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