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Analyzing the guidelines of enterprise mobility

Analyzing the guidelines of enterprise mobility

During many mobile conferences, presentations, and discussions I have stumbled upon a assortment of “Rules For Enterprise Mobility”. These rules cover topics like selecting mobility tools, kinds of users and applications, mobility needs and much more. Let us begin with three rules of three:

Rule of Three

Gartner created the saying “the rule of three” to assist convey if this best is sensible to utilize a MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platform). The concept is you should think about a MEAP for those who have the following needs:

  • 3 x mobile applications
  • 3 x device types
  • 3 x back end systems
Of course a platform helps with these by providing security, integration, and write-once deploy-many tools that you may have to develop yourself if you go it alone. So that’s a rule number 1.

Three Mobile Groups
Coincidentally there are three user groups that we typically identify as the target of mobile applications:

  • B2E (Business to Employee/Enterprise)
  • B2B (Business to Business)
  • B2C (Business to Consumer)

Business to Employee/Enterprise applications are those which are used by employees of ones own company. Business to Business are used by partners or subcontractors and Business to Consumer are used by the general masses. Ok this is not really a rule per say but it’s still mobility and involves the number 3.

Three Application Types
Thirdly there are 3 commonly recognised mobile application types:

  • Web
  • Native
  • Hybrid
Each of these application types have their place and various pros and cons (for example portability, performance, learning curve, cost) which I’ve discussed in my previous blogs. I don’t know if that’s now 9 or 27 rules or if it makes sense to try to or correlate them further. It would be great if there was one rule to bind them all but Tolkien didn’t write enterprise mobility.

Four C’s 
In the blog by Christopher Koch the concept of the four C’s is discussed to explain the scope of a mobility platform:

  • Create
  • Consume
  • Connect
  • Control

As Christopher explains a mobility platform for enterprise that covers each of these areas will add value to business and IT. Suggest you have a look at the Gartner quadrants for some good information on the various mobile platforms.

Seven Steps
The 7 Steps for an Enterprise Mobility Strategy are covered nicely in Spider 21’s Weblog these are:

  • Mobility Roadmap
  • User Workflow Analysis
  • Mobile Platform Selection
  • Device/OS Selection
  • Back-end integration
  • Mobile app development
  • Change Management.

Really worth a read to educate yourself regarding all these important topics.

More Figures?

I really hope this feature of rules works as a good reference for Enterprise Mobility and would like to hear a few recommendations for additional rules to incorporateOrrevise the content. If you’re searching for more information on topics like Mobile Phone Selection, Advantages of Mobility, or Mobile Testing then please stick to the links or go through all of the articles about this blog.

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