4 Considerations Before Spending on Enterprise Mobility

The enterprise mobile consultants at Innovative Architects discuss several action items you must think about when updating your business technology for mobile

On October 5, 2015, IDG Enterprise released a study showing that companies are continuing to put funds toward developing mobile apps and other forms of enterprise mobility in order to march their business into the future. The survey found that nearly 70 percent of IT managers and CIOs feel that “mobility” is vital to succeeding in business—enough so to set aside upwards of a fifth of their budgets on it.
How much is your organization spending on enterprise mobility?
If your IT department is planning to a significant portion of its budget on mobility, first you’ll want to ensure they’re doing it the right way by following best practices for funding and developing mobile apps.
Here are four things to consider when incorporating mobility into your business:

Consideration #1: Show Executives the Importance of Mobile Apps

Chances are, the executives of your company already know about the importance of mobility; however, you’ll still need to explain to them the specific ways in which mobility will affect your individual business and industry. You can achieve this by presenting your CEO and execs with a sound business case in which you lay out the benefits your business will achieve by investing in enterprise mobility.
As you show the benefits that “mobile moments” can bring to your business, make sure you use wording that your audience will understand. Specifically, discuss with the CFO the effect(s) that the mobile app could have for your company’s bottom-line. Additionally, your head of HR will want to hear about the time-saving aspects that a mobile app can provide.

Consideration #2: Consider Your Options

If a basic mobile app doesn’t fully work for your business, consider a hybrid approach. This could be an app that blends HTML5 type web tech with a native device platform. In fact, around 25 percent of people surveyed in a Progress Software study indicated native app development is an area of interest for their company. Interest in HTML5 is on the rise as well.

Consideration #3: Ensure Your Infrastructure Will Support Mobility

You can seriously strain your company’s bandwidth by piling on a ton of mobile devices at once. This could lead to your apps losing performance, which could considerably lower productivity. To curb this potential problem, you should ensure that your IT department is able to keeps tabs on the amount of bandwidth consumed, make sure traffic is flowing as it should, and step in (and make changes) when needed.

Consideration #4: Keep Your User in Mind

Failure to know what your user needs, wants and expects out of your app will lead to a frustrated intended user and an app that likely goes unused—not to mention all of the wasted time and money that went into its creation. In an effort to make sure that you develop an app that people will want to use, discuss the details of the app thoroughly with your clients prior to the design stage.

Get Started

Incorporating mobility into your business through the development of a mobile app can be a beneficial endeavor for both you and your customer base. If you’re interest in incorporating mobility into your business, but need some help along the way, contact the enterprise mobility experts at Innovative Architects to get started today.
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