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Solving the puzzle of enterprise mobility

Solving the puzzle of enterprise mobility
Solving the puzzle of enterprise mobility strategy

To take your organization on the journey of executing an enterprise mobility strategy is like solving a jigsaw puzzle. Just like solving a puzzle, there are many different approaches you can take to implementing a mobile strategy. There is one method, however, that we all consider the best and most efficient, and this approach will get you to your goal the fastest.

Humor me while we walk through the four steps we all follow to solve jigsaw puzzles and I explain how you can use those same guidelines to build and execute a mobile strategy for your organization.

Step 1: Decide how you are going to proceed.

It usually only takes a second or less for our brains to decide on what approach we are going to take at sifting through the box full of pieces sitting in front of us. We might start with one approach to solve the problem and then switch to another if that one doesn’t seem like it is working.

When working on your enterprise mobility you want to clearly lay out and document your strategy for governing and implementing mobility at your company, because this is going to be a big effort involving many individuals in your organization. Having a shared vision will ensure that your entire team is working toward the same goals.

An IBM and IDC study based on interviews with 361 IT executives in seven counties, called “Putting mobile first: Best practices of mobile technology leaders,” found that leading organizations are more than five times as likely to be planning enhancements to mobile infrastructure. Using tools like roadmaps and assessments, leading IT organizations are building business cases and are actively engaged in the design and development of the rapidly evolving mobile infrastructure.

Step 2: Lay a framework.

When working on a puzzle one of the easiest ways to start is to find all of the corners and edges. By laying down this frame, you will have the starting point you need in place to then fill in the rest of the pieces.

Deploying mobility for your organization works in much the same way. Leading organizations from the IBM/IDC study are 2.5 times as likely to have a secure and established mobile infrastructure in place, which greatly assists and speeds their organization’s mobility programs.

Step 3: Organize and categorize your next steps.

Sorting and categorizing puzzle pieces with similar colors or ones that obviously fit into the pieces along the frame is next. This will enable you to work on the remaining areas of the puzzle in chunks rather than one small piece at a time.

When you are developing applications for your organization, taking this same approach can accelerate application development time and reduce waste. By grouping your applications, you will be able to establish the ones that are your priorities and require the most out of your mobile teams.

As a part of the IBM/IDC study, for example, mobile technology leaders are leading (by six times) other organizations in deploying and managing mobile applications and mobile application platforms. They determine what kind of applications can get them the most benefit, and they are seeing results—42 percent state that mobile has helped increase and improve customer interaction.

Step 4: Get a friend to help.

There are obvious advantages to having a second set of hands and eyes to help you align the remaining pieces to finish your puzzle.

Just like with the puzzle, a strategic partner with expertise can review, guide and assist with implementation to make your mobility programs happen faster. Mobile technology leaders also agree that partners can help, since 71 percent of those leaders in the IBM/IDC study strongly believe in the importance of a single external provider being able to deliver the full range of mobile infrastructure services needed to implement enterprise mobility programs.

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