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Planning for Enterprise Mobility and Beyond


Planning for Mobility and Beyond

The mobile revolution has forever altered how we live, work, and play. We depend on our smartphones to communicate, find information, and be productive at will. Most companies have already adopted a mobility strategy to improve a host of business outcomes, transforming their people, processes, and technologies to suit a mobile-first world. Mobile's maturity ushers in a new set of concerns for enterprise companies.  Here’s why.

In 2016, an estimated 62.9 % of the world population already owned a mobile phone. Moreover, the number of mobile phone users globally is expected to pass five billion by 2019, according to Statista. Businesses can no longer ignore mobile or the fact that a growing number of people prefer to use their own mobile devices in the workplace. For companies to be most productive and create more revenue opportunities, consultants, employees, suppliers, and other partners require secure and uninterrupted access to company assets and systems. Leading companies have solved the BYOD conundrum by providing custom mobile applications with a focus on securing data. Unfortunately, additional threats remain such as trouble at the device level. Proper security measures are paramount with your sensitive data. A cloud option is a viable one, assuming protections are superior. At the app level, data at rest and in transition should be carefully considered. Encryption, single sign-on, and dual authentication are all feasible, but all should be implemented based on OWASP principles.

Hybrid or native, extreme care must be taken to ensure you develop the right apps with the features that users care about most. Apps that go unused are a waste of time and money. Native apps are built for a particular operating system such as iOS and Android using the platform's language, tools, and SDK. Hybrid apps are web-based and contained in a native web design. There are many considerations in determining which apps are best for your company. There are pros and cons in both, but native apps tend to provide a more enhanced user experience. Hybrid apps are typically quicker to develop and easier to manage.

By the time you factor in multiple operating systems, integrations, and never-ending application updates, unless you have a sizable IT department, this endeavour may seem out of reach. Enterprise mobility has never been more attainable than it is right now. When you're ready, let's talk strategy.

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