By now, people have most likely started to arrive at La Costa Inn, and M6, What’s Next in Mobility,  is ramping up for another successful year. With that said, there is no better time to talk about one of the event’s key topics: enterprise mobility’s intersection across major industries.

It is well known that mobile apps accelerate business processes, liberate enterprise data, and speed up decision making. The benefits of mobile apps to meet business objectives are well known, which is why one half of enterprises have an app store or are considering developing one (1). However, not all mobile apps are created equally – a solution that works for the healthcare industry may not work for manufacturing. While the specific solution type changes from industry to industry, one thing remains constant across the board: mobile apps empower employees, suppliers and customers.

Regardless of the industry, companies are investing in mobile apps because of their ability to empower workers and customers in a transformative way. The proof is in the data.  The Harvard Business Review conducted a survey to find out what is driving mobile investment, and these are the responses received: 54% executives need to access critical business information, 51% workforce becoming increasingly virtual and mobile, and 49% employees and/or customers increasingly demand real-time information. Interestingly, all three of these driving factors are people-oriented. All the way from executives looking to access information from a corporate device to field workers receiving real-time status updates, there is an inherent need for mobile apps. Mobile apps are giving people a fundamental requirement in their industries today – access to information and data when and where they need it.

Ultimately, the benefits and capabilities of mobile apps are not restricted to a single industry. While the software may be different   the type of work, all mobile apps are created to serve the needs of employees and customers. As long as there are people looking to increase productivity and workflows, and find new ways to innovate their processes, mobile apps continue to define and change the landscape of the modern enterprise and its network of individuals.


“How Mobility Is Changing the Enterprise.” Harvard Business Review. 2012.

So let’s get to the good stuff, content!

If you are attending the event, I suggest that you check out the following sessions:

The Future of Mobile Enabling Apps and Services Panel including SAP’s Adam Stein

Moderator: Kevin Benedict

May 15, 2014, 8:20 – 9:10, Poinsettia Ballroom

There are also industry specific sessions that SAP will be part of, these include:

DATE & TIME INDUSTRY& SPEAKER
Wed 5/14 9:45 to 10:10 Energy & Utilities, Vasee Rayan
Wed 5/14  10:15 to 10:40 Manufacturing & Automotive, Paul Boris
Wed 5/14  10:55 to 11:20 Cross Industry, Rick Imber
Thurs 5/15  10:00 to 10:25 Healthcare, Don Hotz
Thurs 5/15  11:10 to 11:35 Financial Services, Don Hotz
Thurs 5/15  2:10 to 2:35  AND 2:35 to 3:00 (2 sessions) Retail, Kevin Warmerdam

For more information  about the event, visit the M6 website.

Now, if you are unable to attend the event, I suggest that you watch the below interview ‘Achieving Rapid Success with a Mobile Center of Excellence’ that I recorded with M6 lead Maribel Lopez and mobile expert Milja Gillespie. Furthermore, you also can access mobile content for each industry here. There are new research reports regarding best practices and customer success stories where you can learn best practices.

And in addition to this post, check out this series of blogs about mobile transforming industries:

Location, Location, Location: The Key to Manufacturing Success

Successfully Identify and Fulfill a Retail Customer’s Unique Needs with Mobile Solutions

Communicating with Consumers in the Utility Industry

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