Posted by Indusa Admin on September 27, 2016 4:50 am
People love their smart devices. And they love being able to use them at work from remote locations. The 2015 IDG Enterprise Building the Mobile Enterprise Survey says that 64% of enterprises are making mobility a critical or high priority on their technology agendas today.
Having a strong mobility strategy may be one the best ways to empower your workforce. But the journey can be tricky if you don’t identify and manage potential barriers to having a mobilized workforce. Let’s have a look at those barriers:
While the decision of mobilizing your workforce is admirable, understanding end user needs ahead of time will make the transition much smoother. Having a mobility strategy that is not centered around employee needs is futile; an unhappy workforce will not only lead to low adoption rates and substandard performance, but also a poor return on your mobility investment. Your employees are the main reason your business needs to go mobile; select devices your employees are comfortable with, and deploy applications that will help them do their tasks better.
Barrier #2: Application Functionality
If your workforce does not have confidence in your app’s ability to perform tasks efficiently, mobility adoption will be faced with a lot of resistance. When selecting enterprise applications for your workforce, make sure they are familiar, comfortable, and intuitive. If you’re planning to port your desktop applications to mobile devices, check how mobile-ready they are. Customize them and if required, develop custom, in-house applications. Make sure the mobile platform reflects your current work processes and streamlines every step of the process.
Barrier #3: Countless Form Factors
Enterprise applications that offer seamless interface across form factors are the ones that are most favored. By deploying applications that are easy to use regardless of the device, from desktops and phones to tablets and beyond, you will not only benefit from improved employee performance, but also positive returns from your customers. You wouldn’t want to screw up an important client meeting due to a poorly developed application, would you?
Barrier #4: Security
The huge influx of devices into the workplace can introduce a range of management and security concerns within the enterprise. As critical business data resides in several thousand mobile devices, and is accessible to employees over unsecure networks, it brings with it a whole set of security challenges. According to Forbes, in North America, taking a more strategic approach to security has increased from 25% in 2014 to 35% today. With an effective Mobile Application Management (MAM) policy in place, you can incorporate key features as user authentication across all your mobile channels. Next, any application that you adopt or build must be secured to prevent data leakage when used on personal devices.
Barrier #5: BYOD
As organizations all over the world are embracing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, it presents several challenges for enterprise mobility. Consumer devices span across several operating systems, and they rarely come with the necessary enterprise-grade security features. This will cause your IT department to face a range of difficulties managing personal devices that are being used for work related tasks. When BYOD was making a dramatic entrance with enterprises a few years ago, Mobile Device Management (MDM) seemed an effective counterbalance to the security concerns posed by the influx of new devices. A strong MDM policy can ease this pain point; it will not only nurture the diverse BYOD environment but also boost the productivity of work that is being carried out from these devices.
Have a Holistic View
Developing a truly comprehensive and security-conscious mobility strategy should be the top priority for every organization. By taking a holistic view of user needs, and being aware of barriers, you can develop enterprise apps with a focus on the factors that truly improve usability, adoption, and effectiveness. Keep the right considerations in mind, and you will see a complete transformation in the way work gets done.
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About the Author – Neha Kumar
Neha Kumar is a digital media evangelist and marketing professional. She overlooks Indusa’s content management, social media, online events, email marketing, blogs, digital campaigns, lead generation and inside sales activities on a broader scale.
Contibuting Author: Malavika Nityanandam