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Thursday, December 27, 2012

The ROI of Implementing Enterprise Mobility

For our last post of the year, we leave you with some food for thought on getting the highest ROI from your business mobility initiative. From the healthcare and life sciences industries to oil & gas, enterprise mobility is one of today’s hottest technology trends. But knowing that something is a “hot technology trend” doesn’t make it right for your organization unless it comes attached to clear quantitative and qualitative benefits. So, just what is the potential ROI of implementing an enterprise mobility solution?

In short: the potential is manifold. By enabling workers to instantly both access and input data from and into a centralized system no matter where they are, enterprise mobile software enables companies to:

 

  1. Get the right information to the right people as quickly as possible. There are no more bottlenecks as workers further up the chain wait for a mobile employee to return to an office or desktop to enter crucial details into the corporate business system. Rather, data immediately enters the system via a mobile device. This also increases data accuracy and eliminates redundancies in data entry and tracking, freeing up the worker to complete other tasks. In this way, enterprise mobile software can have a cascading effect on productivity throughout the organization.
  2. React quickly to volatile environments. Whether in supply chain organizations or on an oil rig, conditions and the task at hand can change in mere seconds. With information at the tip of the worker’s fingertips as to condition of a significant component of the operating equipment, he or she can make mission-critical decisions to repair, replace or inspect and increase safety in the workplace environment. With well-thought out enterprise mobile software that models existing workflows, workers will be able to react and adapt quickly to match these changing demands.
  3. Provide workers and managers with the insights they need. From last minute decisions to strategic initiatives, data centralized into a mobile system and provided via a comprehensive, up-to-date dashboard enhances visibility throughout the work chain. This empowers both workers and managers alike to make more informed and strategic decisions than when their data is spread across various systems. When making critical decisions impacting the supply chain process or condition of a pipeline, if the bottom line of the company relies on decreased downtime and higher productivity, mobility can make a significant difference.

 

Overall, with real-time data exchanges and business analytics, a streamlined workflow, and the ability to work in a diversity of conditions, enterprise mobility empowers companies to become far more fit in their competitive decision-making. When a company can think, act and change faster than their competitors, that is the highest and best ROI of all.

Wishing you a very happy new year!

Friday, December 21, 2012

How to Develop an Effective Mobile Strategy: Top Hits from 2012

Before we say goodbye to 2013, we that thought we'd take a look back at the year in review, and what a year it has been for the mobile technology industry!

At the beginning of 2012, we resolved to turn our blog into a one-stop-shop, expert resource guide for companies needing guidance in developing their mobile strategy. After all, fourteen plus years of driving transformational mobile initiatives and developing mobile software for Fortune 1000 companies gives us the know-how to enable companies to succeed. So, to celebrate, today we’re compiling this year’s best hits, which together highlight the best path for developing an effective mobile strategy.

 

  1. Prepare to embrace BYOD with a comprehensive enterprise mobility solution that promotes autonomy and choice beneath a unified, customized and secure software umbrella.
  2. Encourage the use of a broad spectrum of mobile devices including tablets in the workplace, even in inventory and supply chain functions, and create an environment of experimentation that will ready your company to look beyond traditional form factors.
  3. Look for an enterprise mobile software provider who will provide great service and develop a solution for your company that is precise, flexible and adaptable.
  4. Take the time to develop a solution that is highly user friendly and consider other means for encouraging high user adoption rates.
  5. Choose an enterprise mobility provider that owns its own patents to stand out from your competitors with innovative technology.
  6. Find a provider that understands the importance of integrating mobile data with your company’s ERP.
  7. Look for a provider who can customize their software for your company and industry demands, whether your company operates in the oil and gas industry, healthcare and life sciences, or manufacturing,
  8. Choose an enterprise mobile software provider with a finger on the pulse of the latest mobile developments, from RFID to HTML5 and beyond.

 

Focus on these 8 key factors, and you’re sure to develop an exceptional mobile solution. Your solution is @hand! We look forward to providing new insights into this ever-important industry throughout the year to come.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

6 Secrets to Higher End-User Adoption of New Enterprise Mobile Software

As we explored in our recent blog post, "Investing in Mobility Means Investing in the End User", when choosing a new enterprise mobility solution, it’s important to partner with a provider that carefully considers the needs of end users. But, as your provider works diligently to deliver mobile asset management, mobile supply chain, and field service solutions, there are several things you can do to encourage universal adoption. Here are our top six secrets for doing just that.

 

  1. Answer the “what’s in it for me” question. Before you settle on your solution, gather data on workflows from the workers and functional departments who will most often interact witha particular mobile application. Tailor your workflows and training classes for each type of team, consistently devoting the bulk of your energy to tools from which they will directly benefit.
  2. Communicate throughout the process. If you’re truly doing an overhaul, consistently emphasize the broader or deeper philosophical goals you’ll be embracing as a company. End users will be more likely to adopt if they’re shown the broader picture and kept informed so they feel they are a crucial part of the process.
  3. Phase it in. While a “rip it off like a Bandaid” approach will be merited in some situations, most often it’s best to reassure stakeholders with a phased approach, which will help workers scale the learning curve and feel heard as they offer their feedback every step of the way.
  4. Find and showcase your early adopters. Every company will have its tech enthusiasts, eager to try out the latest new thing. Get creative in publicizing your early adopters’ interaction with the new technology, whether through internal blogging or YouTube videos. If early adopters are too shy, you may also want to identify and strategically recruit connectors – popular employees with respected opinions.
  5. Be ready with new tricks and tips. Curate a weekly list of tricks and tips for employees across the company to spark engagement and experimentation. Solicit this input from employees every week.
  6. Highlight BYOD. If you already have a strong BYOD policy, get creative in showing employees how this new software will work with their devices, including iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, or Windows devices – that, in fact, the right enterprise mobility software is essential in catering to a diversity of preferences.

 

In the end, the right enterprise mobile software will be adopted if it provides the solutions your company needs. Use these top six tips to spark that initial engagement, and keep enthusiasm high.

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