Plan – it’s a word that strikes fear in the hearts and minds of corporate evangelists eager to prove the value of mobile. With images of missed deadlines and burgeoning budgets swirling in their heads, the all-important planning process is often shelved in favor of a much-needed mobile project’s immediate rollout.
Seduced by the versatile functionality of mobile devices and the promise of improved productivity, many enterprises jump head-first into mobile pilots without committing to a long-term enterprise mobile strategy, architecture and management platform. Then, as a pilot project successfully concludes, enterprise leaders are left with a pivotal question: How do we take mobile enterprise-wide?
It would be easier to answer that pivotal question if the enterprise had taken the time to craft a mobile blueprint for the enterprise before rolling out the first device. A mobile blueprint not only helps the enterprise reach a consensus about its current needs and the technologies required to satisfy those needs, but it also provides a strategic framework to scale by leveraging emerging mobile capabilities and technologies. Updating the blueprint as new projects are initiated helps keep the enterprise’s mobile strategy on track and on budget.
Few people recognize how important selecting the right mobile architecture and platform can be to their overall success.
The good news is that even if you’ve completed several mobile projects without a blueprint, it’s not too late to take a more strategic approach to mobile.