With global businesses, there are members of the organizational workforce that operate in various geographies and across many time zones. For localized businesses as well, there is now a need to connect with end-users with the latest data. Field agents, therefore, need quick access to a company’s data and systems. Stiff competition has also led to the need of up-to-date real-time information at all times.
Employees of an organization like to be on the job 24 / 7, well-connected to the core systems of the business. The digitalization is now making it possible for staff to connect via their personal devices, such as the smartphones, to the digital systems and data of the organization, so they can work from anywhere. This is what enterprise-level mobility aims to bring about.
How is it an enabler?
It is definitely a boost that increases the efficiency of the staff and also makes them feel empowered, motivated, and engaged. This leads to enhanced productivity and higher levels of job satisfaction. The concept of BYOD relies heavily on enterprise mobility, as it allows the employees to work on their own preferred device. The flexibility is one of the top reasons why employees and employers are embracing enterprise mobility solutions. These apps are simpler to use due to their intuitive approach as compared to complex interfaces that operated traditionally on PCs or consoles within the workplaces.
Whether it is a personal or corporate-owned device, there has to be a backbone of software services that enable the mobility solutions. Various departments can stay connected and take decisions in real-time to advocate cohesion and collaboration. This leads to cost-savings. Also, it is a great booster to enhance relationships with business partners due to transparency and data accuracy. Even end-users can feel connected with mobile solutions, either directly or via the client representatives that connect with the core organizational systems.
Manufacturing companies, for instance, can use enterprise mobility in areas such as field operations, asset management, warehouse management, shop floor etc. Healthcare industry can benefit from features like remote patient consultation, doctor car from remote in areas like rural areas, expert advice from a distance etc. Hotel & hospitality sector can provide users the ability to make their bookings, supply chain can streamline its transfer and handling processes, after-sales service industries can use mobility to improve their on-road technicians and home delivery services, and financial businesses all can improve their customer services as well as reduce risks by enabling mobility.
Who is offering it?
All the major vendors in IT have some sort of mobility offerings today. These include VMWare, Citrix, IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft, to name a few. Riding on the platform are a host of apps that need to incorporate the functionality of mobility into their basic design. Mobile application development is a key area of expertise for any business, large or small. Developers and app designers need to ideate, design, create, test, deploy, and manage the app as long as it lives.
Major challenges faced
The technical and practical challenges faced by attempts to achieve seamless mobility across an organization include the apps to behave consistently across a host of devices for a consistent look and feel as well as a unified user experience. At the other end is the back-end integration that needs to span multiple platforms, software solutions, and legacy systems. New mobility support relies heavily on the cloud ecosystem, yet some in-premises infrastructure also needs to be supported at times in a hybrid model. Mobility needs to be linked in real-time to various databases and corporate knowledge bases as well as workflow systems like ERP, CRM, etc. Data security is crucial to the mobility and thus most of the backbone platforms are evolving newer ways to ensure privacy and security to the sensitive information. The mobility apps should be built keeping all these aspects in mind.
How to achieve higher levels of mobility for your organization?
Tools and technologies are delivering quick turnaround and lean systems are ensuring that such enterprise mobility apps can be made with low-code platforms, code generators, non-programming interfaces, workflow apps, and app refactoring. This customization is specific to a business and thus requires the involvement of skill that can map business needs to a technical range of solutions. Since these technologies are relatively new and have a host of options in the market, outsourcing the app development makes sense in the long run.
We, at Techminds, have rich hands-on in customized app development across many industries in which enterprise mobility is an integral part. We can help you cut down the cost of ownership and also the -time-to-go-live in our app solutions. Your apps will be consistent, achieve high-performance levels and have high-quality standards with the flexibility to quickly adapt to your changing requirement in an agile manner.