by Brandon Rhymes
The enterprise mobility purchase is complex. Buyers are faced with an array of considerations - What devices to buy? What is MDM, and do I need it? What applications do I need? Should I pursue a best of breed approach, or find a one-stop shop?
1. Mobile Devices - Face it, we can't accomplish anything with mobility without mobile devices. Device selection is an important consideration to any mobile project, but once you've identified a device for a particular application the incremental expense associated with this aspect of the purchase is relatively easy to factor. Devices are a non-discretionary component of a mobility purchase, but a device by itself in the hands of your field agent does nothing to solve a business problem. Devices are a secondary consideration to the mobility purchase. Eventually, we have to turn our attention to the business applications that will run on the device.