As is often the case with any new development in the business world, a swirl of myths sometimes obscures the facts about enterprise mobility. These myths can cause enterprises to delay or even avoid taking the plunge into mobile app development, because they seem to come in the guise of caution and prudence. But since when has accepting conventional wisdom led to business success?
To help clear the fog of myth from the dynamic world of enterprise mobility, we’ve busted some of the most common myths below, dispelling them, once and for all.
4 Common Business Mobility Myths
Myth 1: Mobility is all about consumers. While it’s true that consumers have taken the world of mobility by storm, and that businesses have embraced consumer apps as a highly effective marketing tool, that is not by any means the end of the story. Enterprise-level, employee-facing apps have become a disruptive force in the business world, enabling much higher levels of productivity and efficiency than ever before. As more and more companies move their internal processes onto mobile apps, consensus is growing that the smart choice for business is not to avoid mobility, but rather, to embrace it even more comprehensively.
Myth 2: Mobility is all about IT. Another common misconception is that mobility is the sole domain of IT. Nothing could be further from the truth. In order for a venture into enterprise mobility to meet with success, every aspect of the entire enterprise must play its part, from IT to management to every department with employees expected to use the apps. Each department will have key input to provide when it comes to developing a mobile strategy, and management will need to ensure that all of these merge seamlessly together into a plan that works towards enterprise growth.
Myth 3: Mobility is all about the device. While an enterprise’s choice of device does play a key part in a mobility strategy, mobile apps and the strategy behind their use are the most important pieces. Especially if cross-platform mobile apps are developed by a business as opposed to native apps, almost any device can be used with the same results. Yes, there are policies that must be drafted regarding procedures to follow in case of device loss or theft, as well as rules about employee usage, but the device itself is not the be-all end-all of mobility.
Myth 4: Mobility solutions can be agile or enterprise-grade, but not both. This myth stems from a misunderstanding of what mobile apps are for. Yes, apps are meant to replace complex internal processes and make them accessible to workers on the go. But they are not meant to be huge, unwieldy beasts. In order to be successful, a mobility solution must in fact be both agile and enterprise-grade. It must provide employees with necessary business capabilities on a mobile basis, while keeping the functionality in each app simple and intuitive enough that it is readily adopted and easy to update as needed.
There is another myth that preaches that enterprises should wait until the mobility solutions market matures to jump in and embrace mobility. The fact is, enterprise mobility is here to stay, and the best way to take advantage of it is to ride the wave, rather than hanging back to see how it all pans out.
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When Kishore isn’t cultivating his teams of passionate thought leaders within the IT scene, as a licensed private pilot he enjoys playing in the clouds, community service, and being active in Dallas based Health Wildcatters. Furthermore, he is a devoted family man who places great value in spending time with his wife and two children.
Mr. Khandavalli earned a Master's degree from the University of Akron in Ohio.
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