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Planning for Mobile Business in 2013 – New Year’s Mobility Resolutions

SAP_1000px.jpgIf 2012 has taught us anything about business mobility, it is that both the depth and breadth mobility adoption is on the rise, and the pace of change is increasing. A few data points help illustrate these trends:
  • By 2014, there will be more than 70 billion mobile app downloads from app stores every year. That’s almost 10 app downloads for every man, woman, and child on earth, every year. And that number is rising.
  • By 2014, most businesses and organizations will deliver mobile apps through private app stores.
  • By 2016, tablets will outnumber PCs by a ratio of 4:1.
  • 60 percent of mobile enterprises are anticipating significant IT budget increases to pay for mobility initiatives.
  • By 2015, 90 percent of large companies will be using cloud computing.
  • 83 percent of mobile app developers plan to use cloud based services by 2014.

When it comes to information technology that supports core business activity, mobility is moving to centre stage. Businesses are growing increasingly dependent on mobile business processes, big data, and the instant availability of mobile business intelligence.

What should businesses be thinking about now as they plan for their mobility future? Here are some New Year’s mobility resolutions that should be on everyone’s list for 2013:

1. Be prepared for employees who are bringing new generations of devices into the workplace

Your mobile application platform should support the broadest selection of devices and device operating systems possible. Nobody can predict what new devices will deliver next year’s mobility advantage.

2. Scale and adapt to changing user needs by using a flexible mobile application development platform

In a world of emerging technologies and changing business needs, mobile applications need to be changeable.This means the mobile application development platform should support cross-platform frameworks and languages that are easy to use and that minimize time-to-value. As the demands on mobile process change and new capabilities become possible, application agility is the key to competitive advantage.

3. Use cloud based mobility platform services to get the most out of your app development and deployment dollars

Cloud based services eliminate the need for up-front expenditures of time and money in order to have true enterprise-grade application development and management capabilities. They are also instantly scalable. Once again, speed and agility are key to success in coming years.

4. Deliver secure, enterprise-grade apps that provide genuine business value

Mobile apps are valuable when the functionality they provide is tactical in nature and immediately useful to those who need it. This means well designed user interfaces, easy to understand, interactive analytics, and highly secure access to core business data.

Pursuing these mobility strategy fundamentals will put you in a good position to get the most out of your mobility strategy in 2013.

We have created the infographic to the right as a visual aid for you to use in your strategy planning for next year: be prepared, spend wisely, stay nimble and make it real.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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  • While you prepare to maximize your return from enterprise mobility .. it is also must for the leadership teams to have clearly identified business case for enterprise mobility initiative.

    One of the key elements will be to understand the impact of enterprise mobility solution in more broader perspective with far reaching business impact.

    In 2013 i believe that mobility initiatives owners will start looking at solutions that can enable empowered employees, transparent corporate governance and responsive supply chain to meet customer demands

    And I am hopeful that the debate will move from technology to business as more and more options will emerge and standardisation will happen



    • Thanks for the comment, Kumar.

      I agree with you and encourage business owners to look at solutions that will reach across their ecosystem with the potential to impact all stakeholders.

      Looking forward to a year of more standardization and innovation!