From being too expensive to being insecure due to BYOD policies, Enterprise Mobility suffers common set of misconception that particularly prevent startups and SMEs from adopting Enterprise Mobility and enjoying the benefits from mobile first go-to-market strategy. Since the past 6+ years, Mobiloitte has catered to the need of mobility of both Fortune and mid-size enterprises as well. The experience has made us penetrate and understand the challenges that arise and blessed us with the conviction that Enterprise Mobility is not only beneficial but also accessible for the two types of structures almost without exception. Let’s shatter the most common misconceptions that prevent SMEs from transforming into competitive mobile first structures.
Enterprise Mobility is only for Fortune companies
This is one of the most cited concerns from our prospects and the reason we have decided to elaborate it first. There is a particular paradox whenever it comes to Enterprise Mobility and that is its perceived complexity and robustness. Everything that is perceived as cumbersome is perceived as expensive at the same time.
This is like a dejavu from the time ERP systems initially appeared which also looked like complex systems with it’s plethora of new buzzwords and technology terms and practically deterred startups and SMEs from ever considering an ERP (nice work marketers). You can compare the initial situation with today’s when thanks to the Cloud and pay as you grow model. ERPs such as B1, Microsoft Dynamics etc has become affordable for almost every organization.
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Enterprise Mobility features the same roadmap but unlike ERP circumstances needed for its adaptation and penetration are already here and mature. Our Enterprise mobility clients took the road gradually and scaled over time.
One of our best and most respected examples is of course Sandisk for whom Mobiloitte has so far designed, developed, deployed and maintaining an entire Enterprise app store consisting of 30+ apps for their employees across the globe. Sandisk adopted Enterprise mobility gradually, starting from Employee search app which instantly connected over 5000+ distributed offices and employees of Sandisk across the globe.
Sandisk’s employees have gladly accepted the new way of connecting because it was simple, intuitive and did not get in the way of conducting other tasks on their smartphone. That was the reason why Sandisk proceeded with Mobiloitte in developing more apps for the mobile sales force, HR department, customer portal etc.
Enterprise Mobility is costly
This concern is directly related with the former elaboration. With the advent of off-shore development centers the cost of developing mobile apps and Enterprise app stores has significantly dropped. Enterprise Mobility is not one size fits all solution and that make it budget friendly due to flexible deployment of feature sets. You can start your mobile first transformation gradually starting with your most pragmatic departments and processes and measure how the same demonstrate improved performance.
This altogether means that SMEs can adopt lean Enterprise Mobility strategy and gradually transform to mobile first organizations improving process by process and unlocking benefits initially thought to be available only for Fortune companies.
Enterprise Mobility is insecure due to BYOD policies.
We have already shared rich insights on the various tiers of security you can adopt to ensure security and protection of sensitive corporate data accessed via personal smartphones.
Expert knowledge in security and performance during load peaks remain our primary area of expertise is what sets apart our mobile app development center from the rest. Your enterprise apps come with default Enterprise grade security which includes AES 256 bit encryption, digital authentication certificates, immediate quarantine, remote locking and wiping in case of phone lost or theft, MDM (Mobile Device Management) geo locking and choice of implementing MAM (Mobile Application Management) and containerization which isolates corporate apps and data from personal apps and data in BYOD environments.
Enterprise Mobility takes time to implement
This may partially hold truth only for Fortune enterprises which adhere to compulsory policies of checking and further tweaking the source code after the same is received from our development center. Our milestone based pricing model ensures that you get your mobile projects installed in predetermined milestones and deadlines We understand the importance of rolling out the first MVP (Minimal Viable Product) to get user feedback and embrace changes accordingly. Irrespective of whether the end users are your consumers or your employees, a solution can only be successful when the users embrace it. Mobiloitte is an End-to-end Enterprise mobility provider and that means that Startups and MSEs enjoy full front end development and backend integration service and solution ready to be deployed once delivered.
Enterprise Mobility is difficult to Manager and Upgrade
Managing a large mobile deployment on a device-by-device basis can be an administrative nightmare. Ideally the same systems management suites used on the internal wired network can be extended to the mobile environment, permitting those devices to be managed “over the air.” Mobiloitte takes care of load balancing and ensures that patches and upgrades are applied after-hours, or at other times when users aren’t actively using or logged onto their devices, to avoid impacting productivity. “Bandwidth-aware” capabilities ensure that systems management proceeds not just at an appropriate time, but over a connection with appropriate speed.
As wireless network capacity expands and mobile devices become more powerful, enterprises are able to bring full application access directly to mobile workers in the field. Those workers roam across multiple networks, use multiple connection types and encounter coverage gaps, all while expecting the same reliable, continuously available access to network resources that they experience in the office.
The topic is far from ending here. We would like to invite an open discussion which will further reiterate why Enterprise Mobility is not only a reality but also inevitable for SMEs if they are serious in pursuing growth and competitiveness in their niche. Please share your thoughts in comments.