Still, while the potential benefits of BYOD are clear when it comes to convenience and productivity, many of the old CIO and IT concerns about security and data integration remain. To allay these concerns, the move to BYOD should really be a two-fold shift that considers not just the devices themselves but also the software framework on which employees will do the majority of their work. This is where companies can retain control, funneling data into a few select systems, making full use of the cloud, and combining IT’s security efforts with that of software companies tasked with the sole purpose of doing just that.
With this dual policy in place, companies will have a much more integrated and secure transition into BYOD.
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A recent Gartner report indicates that 48% of IT executives and CIOs surveyed at enterprises spanning multiple sectors believe their companies can achieve a market leadership position in their sectors by fully adopting innovative mobile solutions that boost their efficiency and productivity. By embracing the BYOD trend, organizations are discovering they must change the way they think about building and deploying mobile applications to enable a positive user experience for employees and increase adoption. To stay in the game, organizations are forced to seek better ways to provide improved user interfaces for older, less productive business applications. Consumerization of IT isn't just about the mobile device - it's also about how applications influence change.
As stated by CIO in the recent article “The Right Way to Empower the Mobile Worker”, companies need to respond by being agile and adaptable, even to unprecedented events. "Businesses have to establish best practices that transition as the market transitions," says Ken Dulaney, vice president for mobile computing research at Gartner. Mobile solution providers who can demonstrate adapability to the changing business trends to align with the organization’s best practices and enable transformative results for them will likely be the best bet to partner with.
According to Wall Street Journal’s recent Technology Journal Report, 36 billion mobile apps will be downloaded to mobile devices in 2012 and that number is expected to almost quadruple in the next 5 years. By the end of this year, the average smartphone user will download over three dozen apps to their phones. At last count, over 600,000 apps are available through the Google Play store and 650,000 in the Apple app store. How many have you downloaded in just the last 2 months? Mobile apps exist today for making everyday activities more efficient or automated for nearly everything we can imagine as a consumer. But for the business world, especially for energy and manufacturing companies with complex field environments, off-the-shelf apps that model unique workflows don’t readily exist, and can’t be used simply out of the box. But it sure would enable companies to get higher productivity levels and secure a competitive advantage by leveraging the global mobile apps trend.
Mobile apps aren’t just for the consumer world. How do these companies take advantage of the trend? Ask your mobile solution provider about how they mirror your business processes and operational workflows in mobile apps. Providers that approach it from a deep understanding of your unique business processes are the ones that know that mobility is a must-have value for the enterprise, not just a nice-to-have collection of apps.
A leading natural gas pipeline operator based in Houston, Texas, recently leveraged their @hand enterprise mobility solution as a point of stability for field users during the process of replacing the back-end ERP system of record from IBM Maximo to SAP. @hand’s software design and flexible architecture allows for a smooth transition to reduce any required downtime and provides a unique competitive advantage to enable customers to adapt quickly to changes in technology and/or process. In just the first eight hours after the transition was completed, over 5,600 transactions were successfully processed by @hand’s enterprise mobile server.
For over a decade, @hand’s solution approach has prioritized end user needs and business objectives first, and then work from that perspective to incorporate the right technology. Applying this consultative approach is extraordinarily valuable and critical for customers while navigating complex, high-stakes initiatives. By working closely with the customer to accomplish a smooth, uninterrupted transition for the entire organization, @hand helps enterprises achieve transformative results that increase competitive advantage and organizational efficiency.