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Make Enterprise Mobility a Priority

Mike Miranda writes about enterprise software and
covers products offered by software companies like
Rocket software
about topics such as Terminal
emulation,  Enterprise Mobility and more.

There
are all kinds of ways you could decide to improve how your company does
business. These days, you’re limited only by your imagination and, of course,
your budget, though even that doesn’t have to be the constraint it once was.
Thanks to globalization, there isn’t a corner of this globe you couldn’t mine
for new customers. The Internet has certainly helped with this too, making it
possible to bring on new clients, find new vendors and work with new business
partners without ever changing your infrastructure or even spending a dime.
However, while these are all possibilities, few, if any, of your options will
stack up to the need for enterprise mobility.

What
Is Enterprise Mobility?

To put
it simply, enterprise mobility is just the act of adding a mobile app to your
company’s repertoire. This could mean all kinds of things, though. You might
want an app strictly for operations occurring inside your company. Obviously, a
lot of companies use applications for client-facing purposes. Whatever the
case, every organization should be making enterprise mobility a priority.
Allowing customers and/or employees to connect with you no matter where they
are is just too important to ignore. In fact, making this mistake could be
amongst the costliest that are possible, because it will give your competitors
a straight shot to overtaking you.
Just
understanding that enterprise mobility is vital isn’t enough though, any more
than at one time knowing you needed a website was a solution. You have to
actually go through the process of creating an app or maybe even more than one.
To do this, you could use a third party or you could look for a platform that
would put you in control. Not only is the latter going to be more affordable,
chances are it will produce the result you need too.

Enterprise
Mobility Software Couldn’t Be Easier

For
those of us who haven’t written a line of code in our entire lives, thinking
about taking on our company’s enterprise mobility needs can be intimidating, to
say the least. As we’ve covered, this is an important job, perhaps the most
important you could ever carry out. The last thing you’d want to do is screw
this up or simply waste time trying to learn the ropes of app creation.
Fortunately,
you’re not alone. You definitely aren’t the first person whose company needed
an app yet had no idea how to make one. That’s why you’ll find so many
platforms these days that make it easy to create one, no matter how little you
know about it.
That
might sound too good to be true, but look at a CMS like WordPress. Not so long
ago, if you wanted to create a website, you needed to know HTML. Now, though, a
quality CMS allows you to basically drag and drop your way into the perfect
online presence.
The
same type of approach is now available for app creation. No matter what you’re
looking at creating for your organization, there’s software that can help.

Meet
Your Deadline

No
matter what your reason is for investing in enterprise mobility, you’re going
to have a deadline. Maybe it won’t be the most aggressive one, but you
obviously don’t want to go for years on end without the finished result.
For
one thing, if getting your app made is this low on your list of priorities, you
may want to consider if there isn’t something else you should be doing. There
might be some other type of app you should be investing in.
In
any case, it’s also important to appreciate that your first attempt will
probably need a modification or two. The sooner you can get your application
out of the oven, the sooner you can start testing and refining it. Of course,
the ultimate test will be putting it on the market so your customers and/or
employees can begin going to town on it. No matter how hard you work on your
app, these two groups are always going to be the best at finding where you
could improve.
The
point is that you want an enterprise mobility platform that isn’t going to get
between you and creating the app you have in mind. Expediency is always
important, but this is especially true when trying to create an application for
your company.

Flawless
Integration

Another
hugely important area to concentrate on when looking for enterprise mobility
software is integration. Your app is going to have to work right alongside
other enterprise platforms your company relies on. If integration leaves
something to be desired, it will only be a matter of time before your app falls
short of your needs. It could also make your organization look bad in front of
your customers.
Without
the ability to integrate your company’s business logic and data, your
application most likely won’t be able to function for internal reasons. What
you’ll probably find is that, at best, it just creates more work for you and
your staff. It will also shortchange any of your clients or business partners
who would benefit from accessing these internal portions of your company.
Keep
in mind that a platform incapable of integration doesn’t mean you can’t build
an app that takes advantage of your current digital infrastructure. However, it
might as well mean this because you or your developer is going to have a huge
challenge ahead in trying to handle integration manually.
To
get the level of integration you want, look for an agile API gateway that will
be able to access your company’s host systems, as well as any mobile
applications you may already have. Again, this is vital to the performance of
your app.
Then,
you have to make sure the title you decide on consists of components designed
around development and runtime requirements. It should have REST APIs that can
support platform web services and any functionality you may demand.
Message
content is something your application must be able to address with ease. In
some instances, this could mean having to assess and transform this type of
material. Granular services will most likely need to be processed as composite
versions. Messages and other types of data have to be mapped and delivered on
demand as well.

Security
Is a Must

No
matter what we’re talking about, if it has an online component to it, security
absolutely must be a priority. This is definitely the case with enterprise
mobility. It’s not hard to understand why when you think about it.
First,
any sort of online presence your company oversees is going to become a target.
That’s not fun to think about, but it should also go without saying.
Second,
mobile apps bring with them a special form of vulnerability. You have to have
security measures that can lock down essential data on any device your app gets
used on. Otherwise, you’ve gone to all that trouble to produce a custom app
that is only going to make life much harder on your organization.
Fortunately,
these days, encryption is more prevalent than ever. Most enterprise mobility
platforms will come with it. Still, it’s a good idea to understand that
encryption for every communication that gets sent from and to your app on any
type of device is an absolute must.
Another
really good security measure is role-based controls for access to the app. This
will function much like a logbook, letting you know who has accessed your app
and when. If someone does cause problems using your app, you’ll know who it was
and can easily deny them access in the future.
Speaking
of which, the app you create is one that you’ll most likely have to revoke from
someone someday. It might be because you laid the person off or it could be
because someone is abusing it somehow. In either case, you must be able to
revoke the access and erase any application data on their device immediately.

Application
Management

Finally,
we can’t forget about application management. You want an enterprise mobility
platform that will make it easy to manage your app, especially after it’s been
released into the wild, so to speak. As we mentioned earlier, some of your best
testing is only going to happen once you allow employees and customers to use
your app. When that starts occurring, it’s going to be very helpful if you can
monitor the results and make changes either on your current app or the next
version.
Nowadays,
good application management means an enterprise mobility title that provides
you ongoing feedback about when your app is being used, by whom, on what kind
of device and from where, amongst other things. Otherwise, you’ll be greatly
limited in your ability to make improvements in the future.
Proper
management will also make it easy to remove access whenever necessary. For
reasons we already covered, we can’t say enough how important this kind of
functionality is.

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