You’ve heard it often enough: Enterprise mobility can’t be achieved overnight.
However, it’s not until you’re knee-deep in the multitude of considerations – from what devices to support to evaluating infrastructure ramifications – that this new IT reality truly sinks in. Enterprise mobility is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.
If you’ve already taken the first step and put an initial mobile plan in place, it’s important to keep the momentum going. Too often, during this middle leg of the mobile journey, mobile teams lose steam because they don’t how to reap the rewards of their newfound capabilities. With 58% of organizations expecting a return on investment (ROI) within 24 months*, it’s not enough to simply move your business into the mobile realm – you must deliver results!
To help, we’ve created an interactive guide that helps you pinpoint where you are on your mobile journey and provides you with actionable, practical tips for optimizing your current investment, including downloadable checklists from Maribel Lopez of Lopez Research LLC on how to progress to the next level. You can check it out here.
In the meantime, here are three tips to keeping your mobile enterprise moving forward:
Tip #1: Avoid Point Solutions Detours
With their lower costs and features focused on a single business problem, point solutions can be enticing. However, gobbling up various point solutions over time creates tons of IT overhead, along with multiple apps to manage. In fact, data silos between the solutions can cause data redundancies and inaccuracies that can push lines of business to go with their gut on making decisions rather than trust the data that’s being supplied to them. Do you want to have custom development for every mobile device you must support applied to every point system you purchase?
Instead, consider a platform solution that has the flexibility to adapt to your business needs. With a single platform, IT can reduce user dependencies and simplify the technology landscape. In-memory platforms, for example, are helping change the pace of business by bringing actionable information to the forefront in real time. This technology enables companies to quickly capture and analyze vast amounts of data from diverse sources – sales, customer data, and social media sentiment.
By integrating transactional and analytics data within a single platform, IT professionals can cut out unnecessary data movement and processing times. Who wouldn’t want that type of speed and accuracy delivered to their mobile device?
While becoming mobile is all about taking advantage of the moment, your strategy must be built on long-term goals. Before choosing a point solution, think about the destination you’re ultimately driving toward.
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