Although the global enterprise mobility market is predicted to rake in more than $140 billion a year by 2020, many CIOs are still reluctant to invest. Out of 300 surveyed CIOs, 87% believe that mobilizing business apps will benefit their employees. In addition, the BYOD market is predicted to increase to $181 billion by 2017.
Despite these numbers, many CIOs perceive mobilizing enterprise applications to be costly and time-consuming. 66% of the surveyed cite complexity as a reason not to invest in a mobile strategy and 72% believe that it’s too expensive to integrate mobile innovations into already existing technology. Consequently, only 14% of surveyed companies are using mobile solutions to enhance their business processes.
Some, however, argue that this lack of action is caused by lack of vision and fear of change. Let’s examine cost, time and complexity in order to clarify some misconceptions.
The traditional approach to building native mobile enterprise applications is costly. Because native development is slow and complicated, it requires a team of engineers with in-depth knowledge of different platforms. Another option is to use a cloud-based platform which will allow enterprises to integrate their already existing applications into mobile devices. In addition to lower costs, another benefit of using such platforms is the ability to integrate and customize web applications into any mobile devise regardless of the operating system. So cross-platform compatibility that cloud platforms offer saves a lot of money.
Using cloud-based platforms gives employees the opportunity to use applications of their choice, one they already feel comfortable with and know how to use. This BYOA (Bring Your Own App) trend could cut the training process and potentially save enterprises plenty of time that would have otherwise been used to teach staff members how to use new apps. In addition, a cloud-based platform allows employees to transfer an app from the web to the device of their choice in real time and start using it immediately.
This is a major area of concern to CIOs and IT administrators as they ponder access anytime, anywhere, any device. This means that enterprise data and workflow will have to move to the cloud. This is of concern to most enterprises that have long standing policy of not allowing corporate data and applications on any asset other than company owned. Although virtualization has meant physical independence of data centers, the actual location of data outside of enterprises is still an unacceptable phenomenon. Enterprise IT has to come around to acceptance that data and workflow will be secure over the cloud. This means taking incremental steps such as private, hybrid, and public cloud.
Once enterprise IT can get over these hurdles, their expectations for speed and higher order experience on newer devices will become paramount. This is where a cloud-based mobile applications platform delivering speed, next-generation experience and reduced cost becomes attractive.