enterprise mobility cios need to know

A couple of quick points to make sure we’re all on the same page to start this article…

1. The mobile market is revolutionizing the enterprise as we know it, so CIOs better start embracing it.

2. Companies missing the enterprise mobility bus are being left behind, and may never have a chance to regain ground gained by their competitors.

The transformation is happening so fast that eWeek recently posted an article on enterprise mobility and what CIOs need to consider.

If you think about it, enterprise mobility really started when BlackBerry was the device of choice for email and some apps that IT departments controlled. From that point on, it was almost as if enterprise mobility shot out of a cannon.

“Some enterprises may have a handful of apps, typically for field services that are made available on mobile devices while others do not have mobile apps at all,” the article says. “This is changing fast as enterprises aim to empower employees with multiple mobile apps and private app stores.”

And it doesn’t end with employees either. Companies also want to use enterprise mobility to reach out to clients with captivating and customized mobile apps.

With all of this comes the importance of securely managing and giving employees access to these enterprise apps via their personal or company supplied mobile tablets.

That all being said, the article from eWeek spelled out 10 important things CIOs need to know about enterprise mobility. These 10 points are based on input from Hewlett-Packard.

Without further adieu, here’s an abbreviated version of their list:

  1. Mobile apps keep arriving, and the appetite for mobile apps is insatiable
  2. The traditional security response for IT is secure, protect and lock down
  3. Mobile apps should be designed for the user experience, thus investing in design and UX principles are important
  4. IT should take a layered security approach to app design, keeping them nimble and responsive yet trustworthy
  5. Mobile apps often need frequent updates, and rethinking releases can add value
  6. Quality should not suffer due to rushing an app to market
  7. Keeping a user-first approach to help build apps is required
  8. The enterprise must plan for the future, and embrace marketplace change
  9. The CIO should act as chief innovation officer rather than objecting innovation
  10. Enterprise mobility demands a no compromise approach