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Café Innovation – Enterprise Mobility at Tech Ed 2010

I was going to write a post referencing Matt Damon as I received a lot of encouraging feedback on the last one that carried a mention of Julia Roberts! But perhaps, another time! I am ecstatic about the response we got from the SAP ecosystem last week on an Enterprise Mobility Webinar (featuring Kevin Benedict – SAP Mentor (Mobility), Ahmed El Adl – Solution Architect/Advisor (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Sam Lakkundi – mobility architect (Sybase, an SAP company)) that was hosted by the SAP Premier Customer Network. There were almost 200 attendees and their feedback subsequent to the webcast was very encouraging as well.

Reflecting on this event, and the tremendous response it received, tells us that Enterprise mobility is on everyone’s minds. This is further borne out by several analysts and experts in the field. For example, in June 2010, Information Week (Global CIO: 10 Reasons CIOs Will Get Fired This Year by Bob Evans) listed the top 10 reasons that will likely get CIOs fired this year. “Failure to embrace mobility” was the number 2 reason! In a recent survey done by Forrester (Tim Sheedy with Sharyn Leaver, Brandy Worthington, “Insights for CIOs: Make Mobility Standard Business Practice” (Sep. 2010)), it was found that about 48% of the organizations interviewed were going to invest in mobilizing applications in 2010, with another 37% keenly interested as well. That’s a whopping 85% of those interviewed who are very interested in this topic!

If you are an attendee at SAP Tech Ed this year, focus on learning more on this topic. This in no way diminishes the importance of other SAP topics (e.g., In-Memory computing, HANA, etc.). However, if you have thought about Enterprise Mobility in recent days, then it is important to learn where SAP is headed with Enterprise Mobility because this will eventually have an impact on your business processes as well. At the Las Vegas conference alone there are over fifty hours dedicated to just this topic.

Enterprise Mobility is no longer an “add-on” to your landscape – it must become a fundamental consideration. For organizations looking to drive additional benefit from their technology investments this is an important factor. For business process experts engaged in supporting and driving these efforts, this is an important area to become knowledgeable in.

If anyone attending Tech Ed in Las Vegas is desirous of a deeper conversation on this I will be happy to engage with them on this subject. Follow me on Twitter: @puneetsuppal

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