Posted by:Srini Bhopal January 15th, 2014

Okay, I am not trying to build up the suspense here. In short, it is Enterprise Mobility.

With internal customers ( read employees) and external clients both clamoring for immediate access to information, when and where they want it, enterprise mobility is on every CIOs agenda.

But, while enterprise mobile strategy and its benefits are crystal clear to see, what I want to focus is on how CIO’s are and should deal with mobility in their business.

1) Embracing a changing role:

Gone are the days when the IT department was responsible for big, complex systems that involved months of planning and many more months of execution. Instead, what CIOs need to do now is to carefully align IT needs with rising business expectations. They should have the courage to take on emerging technologies head on, envision their place in overall company strategy and use IT as a springboard for enterprise success. A prime example, mobility.

Smaller screens, shorter project lifecycles, diverse technical skills and memorable mobile experiences -  a sampling of the new expectations the CIO must cater to. So, goodbye to resisting change and more to leading the change.

2) Enterprise Mobile Integration:

From your sales folks using mobile Point-of-sale app to CXOs using a business intelligence app, the real power lies in seamless back end integration for data exchange. An emphasis on the word exchange here – not only do apps need reliable, timely data demanded by users, they also generate data that can be transformed to valuable, actionable insights for the company. So, on the CIOs plate is access to backend enterprise systems and third party platforms while delivering an engaging app experience.

3) Mobile  Security

Mobile users abound in every business. BYOD and BYOA are settled in comfortably and every CIO has been left scrambling figuring out a way to regulate it within the familiar firewalls of the business. So, enter enterprise app stores and advanced MDM and MAM strategies. Voila, a way to securely manage, distribute and monitor apps within the enterprise. But, does it come easy? No, it requires significant investment of time and foresight to ensure mobility aligns with broader business objectives.

So, there, CIOs have a busy and productive year ahead.  What do you think?

Do you have any additions to the list?

I would love to hear them -feel free to leave a comment.

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