All Systems Are a Go for Mobility Projects
Organizations will aggressively pursue mobility initiatives for the indefinite future, according to a recent survey from the Enterprise Mobility Exchange. The resulting report, "The Global State of Enterprise Mobility: A Look to the Past, Present and Future," reveals that the acquisition and implementation of devices, applications and mobile device management (MDM) are all expected to loom large on IT's to-do list. Limited budgets, however, continue to pose significant challenges, which is why cloud options will also weigh more heavily as a means to cut costs while decreasing time-to-deployment turnaround. Since all of this is still considered relatively "brave new world" territory for most companies, the report encourages IT professionals to take small steps first with pilot projects. "It is vital for enterprises to test ideas, solutions and applications with a smaller user base first on a pilot basis prior to full production and roll-out," according to the report. "With data collected from the pilot, a clear business decision can be made [on whether] a full roll-out should be made or not. It is OK to fail, but if you are going to fail, fail as quickly and cheaply as possible." More than 150 mobile professionals—including IT purchase decision-makers, project managers and solution providers—took part in the research.