Enterprise Mobility – How the mobile world drives business [White paper]

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More and more employees carry their own smartphone into work with the intention to check their mails and use personal applications. But Enterprise Mobility is much more than just accessing a corporate mail account from your mobile device. It defines a strategy to enable processes and applications for mobile use, so that they can be used at any time and from any location. This flexibility enables companies to develop new business opportunities and distribution channels and optimize their processes. To achieve this, in addition to the use of mobile devices, the corresponding infrastructure and services with which the business processes can be used must be provided. The movement of Bring Your Own Device as well as the device and platform diversity on the mobile market have driven IT departments to invest in strategic mobile capabilities within their companies. This white paper deals with the current trends in the mobile world and gives a general insight to Enterprise Mobility. The explanation of the basic elements of Mobility in Enterprise is concluded with three reasons for the need of a mobile strategy. More: http://mway.io/18FpmYO

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2. Enterprise Mobility How the mobile world drives businessExecutive summaryMore and more employees carry their own smartphone into work with the intention to check their mails and use personal applications. But Enterprise Mobility is much more than just accessing a corporate mail account from your mobile device. It defines a strategy to enable processes and applications for mobile use, so that they can be used at any time and from any location. This flexibility enables companies to develop new business opportunities and distribution channels and optimize their processes. To achieve this, in addition to the use of mobile devices, the corresponding infrastructure and services with which the business processes can be used must be provided. The movement of Bring Your Own Device as well as the device and platform diversity on the mobile market have driven IT departments to invest in strategic mobile capabilities within their companies. This whitepaper deals with the current trends in the mobile world and gives a general insight to Enterprise Mobility. The explanation of the basic elements of Mobility in Enterprise is concluded with three reasons for the need of a mobile strategy.MOBILE ENTERPRISE APPLICATION PLATFORMKEYWORDS MOBILE SECURITYENTERPRISE APP STOREMOBILE STRATEGYENTERPRISE MOBILITYMOBILITY PLATFORM MOBILE DEVICE MANAGEMENT2 3. Enterprise Mobility How the mobile world drives business0608mobilize the enterpriseBasic elements of mobility in enterprises1112Three reasons why enterprises need a mobile strategyTable of figures03 The mobile worldTable of contentsConclusion050708Support for BYODMobile projects by platformMobility platform10 Drivers behind mobile IT investments3 4. Enterprise Mobility How the mobile world drives businessThe Mobile Worldby more than 1 billion smartpho-Organizations are forced tones on the world market, predictedconnect with their employees andto be over 1,7 billion smartphonescustomers through new channelsin 2017 (IDC, 2013). Up to 80 % ofand across new devices and appli-the time on mobile devices is spentcations. But many companies dontinside apps while 50 % of mobileknow how to move to this newphone users use mobile as theirmobile world. Even if they see theprimary Internet source (Superneeds of mobile applicationsMonitoring, 2013). Given thesein their business, they cant thinkfacts, it should be clear that perso-beyond costly mistakes like a failednal and business workflows as wellinvestment or wrong plannedas other use cases are consumedprojects, which could damage theirOver 900,000 apps in Apples App Store, 850,000 apps in Googles Play Store, up to 145,000 in the Windows Phone Store and 120,000 in the BlackBerry WorldEnterprise mobility is booming.on mobile devices, even if the timereputation. According to a researchisnt exclusively used for businessof Forrester, these technologistscases. The consumers bring theirneed help with their enterprise mo-phones to work and vice versa. Inbility strategy, and theyre turningIT departments, the term for thisto mobility services providers totrend is called Bring your own de-design, develop, and support theirvice (BYOD). Due to a BYOD surveymobile applications (Forresterof TechRepublic and ZDNet, moreResearch, 2013).than 44 % of organizations alreadyFacing the challenge of mobilizingallow BYOD and another 18 % planIT processes across a mixed set ofto move to BYOD by the end ofmobile devices, the major task on2013. All in all, over 60 %the way to a mobile enterprise isof companies consider that BYODthe mobile strategy. Clients chal-is unavoidable by the end of 2013lenges and industry trends require(ZDNet, 2013).defined standards and guidelines in order to wisely deploy mobile solutions. The facts and numbers for the mobile market are outstanding: Over 900,000 apps in Apples App Store, 850,000 apps in Googles Play Store, up to 145,000 in the Windows Phone Store and 120,000 in the BlackBerry World (Apple, Google, Microsoft, RIM; as of June 2013). These apps are consumed4 5. Enterprise Mobility How the mobile world drives businessDo you support BYOD policies? Current allow Next 12 months18,20%No plans44,10 % 37,60% Figure 1: Support for BYODThis trend will increase the development of internal business apps. Organizations that have already released internal apps say, that 27 % of their employees use the apps for easier access to corporate information from anywhere. 22 % of them mention that the collaboration among staff or project teams is facilitated (GovLoop 2013). Mostly, these apps are delivered through third-party app stores. As only 18 % of respondents indicated they have created an internal app store, organizations are still in the early stage of mobile adoption and have yet to leverage enterprise-wide app stores that can be built through mobile device management services (GovLoop, 2013).5 6. Enterprise Mobility How the mobile world drives businessMobilize the enterpriseWith the market success of mo-panies and their employees to bedern smartphones and tablets, themore productive and flexible. Thedemands on the user experienceimpact of mobile devices to theare much higher. By 2015, fourcore IT of the company is huge. Intimes as many mobile apps will betimes of BYOD and its counterpartdeveloped as traditional PC appsCOD (corporate-owned devices),today (Gartner, 2013a). Androidevery IT decision maker has toand iOS will be the most populardefine which guidelines and rulestherefore, the existing infrastructure of any mobile solution has to be analyzed first and an integration concept has to be createdEnterprise mobility enables com-platforms for deployed mobileto follow. Most companies nowapplications.understand that enterprise mobility will be one of the major drivers of innovation in the next years. The integration of a mobile solution into an existing infrastructure can be challenging for both software and hardware projects. Therefore, the existing infrastructure of any mobile solution has to be analyzed first and an integration concept has to be created. Challenges in the integration of required interfaces and systems, as well as in the final hardware and software rollout are aspects that have to be planned well. For instance, this could be a company-wide introduction of tablets or a complex integration of large SAP-based systems. Selfexplanatory usability and well-arranged user interfaces of mobile applications are the prerequisites of success not only for clients, but also for internal users.6 7. Enterprise Mobility How the mobile world drives businessThe difficulties of managing variability in device platforms are top of mind in most organizations (AnyPresence, 2013). The development of mobile solutions for different or multiple mobile platforms is a costly challenge. That is the reason why mobile development platforms or similar tools are increasingly used in many companies. 56 % of companies use a mobile enterprise application platform while 35 % develop with mobile UI frameworks (AnyPresence, 2013). The International Data Corporation (IDC) published best practices in enterprise mobility deployment that are derived from four European case studies in 2012. Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda operated a focused approach to the application and device deployment. They planned to deploy up to 30 corporate-owned iPads to80 %its field force (IDC, 2012). Therefore, they developed a mobile strategy and decided to use an enterprise mobility management for60 %the in-house team. In summary, they enhanced business performance metrics and understand performance in real-time within the organization. Mobilizing KPI40 %data provides the business with far more granular information that can help the firm make faster, to the business, and track perfor-WindowsiOS (Apple)AndroidHtml500Hybrid20 %BlackBerrymore responsive improvementsFigure 2: Mobile projects by platformWhich mobile platforms do your current or future mobile project(s) target for support?mance (IDC, 2012). In summary, the message is to keep focused on business benefits and put this achievement to the mobile strategy. The GovLoop guide also recommends learning from othersthat are leveraging mobile initiatives successful and considers the need of determination of clear business problems in order to see how mobile is part of the solution (GovLoop, 2013). These best practices in mobile business help to understand the basic elements of Mobility in enterprises, which are explained in the following chapter.7 8. Enterprise Mobility How the mobile world drives businessA mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) is a unified platform on which applications can be developed and managed. To distribute the developed applicaMobility Platformtions to employees according to the user groups, a mobile application management (MAM) is required. Figure 3: Mobility PlatformIt provides features for managing enterprise-specific applications. An Enterprise App Store (EAS)Basic elements of mobility in enterprisesMobile solutions are established in many companies. To avoid fragmentation in the mobility sector, a universal mobile infrastructure should be established, which is the core of a mobile strategy. Using a mobility platform ensures that all company-relevant information can be processed on a mobile basis using the existing interfaces. The challenge is to integrate various enterprise platforms and connect to various backend systems (e.g. SAP, CRM, SRM, ERP or database server). The adaptation of applications and services to the expectations of consumers calls the companies for entirely new approaches. Important safety requirements or restrictions regarding the provisionultimately manages the distribution of each application. The apps can be distributed independently from a third party store to defined employees quickly and reliably. Integrated mobile device management (MDM) ensures defined user behavior by means of control and security mechanisms. It also allows the deletion of sensitive data after the loss of individual mobile devices. The management of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in corporate environments is a crucial part of a mobile strategy. Without an efficient mobile device management, the effort involved with managing the devices increases and so does the risk of security breaches.of necessary interfaces to existing backend systems cant be neglected even in mobile applications. In addition, a mobility platform enables companies to create and manage mobile applications directly.8 9. Enterprise Mobility How the mobile world drives businessSome companies will ask why to use internal enterprise app stores instead of the public ones? Well, most consumer apps are distributed through known app stores like Googles Play Store or Apples App Store. But it can be difficult to fulfill the terms and policies for getting an approval for enterprise applications. Another point is that many companies wont share their intellectual property and want to lower the risk of security gaps. Due to these facts, enterprise app stores (EAS) are used for the deployment of business apps to the employees. By 2017, 25 % of enterprises will have an enterprise app store (Gartner, 2013b). There is an important factor coming with it: for any successful EAS it should be preconditioned, that a dramatic increase in the app features is available to internal stakeholders. If not, the additional value of an enterprise app store is definitely missing. In light of the mobilization of devices, companies need to reassess their existing security infrastructure. Which data is stored on mobile devices and how can this data be protected from unauthorized access in case of loss or theft? These questions have to be answered with mobile guidelines and policies. Mobile security is an important aspect of an enterpriseBy 2017, 25 % of enterprises will have an enterprise app store. (Gartner, 2013b)mobility platform and devices have to be centrally managed. With a mobile enterprise application platform, enterprises can offer applications for their processes and a cross-platform approach that allows using mobile apps on all operating systems and devices, including native apps, hybrid apps and web apps based on HTML5. As we see, a MEAP has many different characteristics. To avoid misdirected investments in the beginning and incorporate all parties involved in the mobile processes, some important provisions have to be part of a mobile strategy. Therefore, the following chapter describes three reasons why enterprises need a mobile strategy.9 10. Enterprise Mobility How the mobile world drives businessThree reasons why enterprises need a mobile strategyEnterprise mobility enables new dimensions of IT alignment. In order to develop an integrated mobility strategy, a few aspects have to be considered. Initially, the competitive environment of each client has to be analyzed to identify the market potentials and possible action points for mobilization. This approach ensures a long-term planning and investments protection. Great improvement opportunities consist in the mobilization of workflows and new channels for the companys employees, and most importantly, the customers. This requires analyses and processes to be redesigned in terms of enterprise mobility. All these tasks should be performed in compliance with involved people, technologies and processes. If you ask enterprise mobility leaders for the main driver behind the investments in mobile technology, they answer as shown in figure 4.Streamling operationsDelivering best-in-breed customer serviceImproving workforce productivity20%13% 13%Generating additional revenue for the businessImproving performance and productivity8% 8% OtherFigure 4: Drivers behind mobile IT investmentsAs a result of current trends and innovations, enterprise mobility cant be disregarded anymore. In order to meet the previous mentioned challenges, a company-wide mobile strategy is the right start for mobile-oriented projects and investments. The following three reasons demonstrate why enterprises need a mobile strategy.10 11. Enterprise Mobility How the mobile world drives business0103BYOD is the mobile reality in enterprise As described in the first chapter, over 60% of companies consider that BYOD is unavoidable by the end of 2013. Many customers useMobile projects need coordination02Enterprise mobility is more than we have an appMany enterprises manage multiple mobile projects at the same time. The collaboration of different organizational departments with the IT department as well as involvedtheir smartphones in businessIn the beginning of mobile initiati-employees is very difficult. Theenvironments and want to bene-ves, enterprises often developedproblem solving and troubleshoo-fit from the advantages of theirand deployed one single mobileting over several project teams andhi...

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