The mobile enterprise is coming, even if business leaders remain cagey about it. One way or another, end users will find ways to employ their powerful mobile devices in the workplace. This means it is in CIOs' best interests to ride this wave rather than denying its power. Embracing this new approach can add a number of benefits, including freeing workers from the constraining in-office routine. With the ability to deploy powerful software like business intelligence and analytics to workers through their ubiquitous tablets and smartphones, leaders can open their operations up to employees in any geographic location and those who prefer to work from home, incorporating these staff members into their efficient infrastructures.
BYOD viewed as powerful
A recent Vanson Bourne report sponsored by Cisco and BT delved into the way IT workers feel about using their own devices in the workplace. In short, they have intense interest in bring-your-own-device approaches, with 84 percent of managers stating that adopting such processes would grant them an edge in their respective industries. The respondents also suggested what their companies need to become more effective in their use of worker-provided mobile endpoints.
There are several requirements that, if fulfilled, could lead to an improved mobile landscape. Respondents remained divided as to what their firms need to invest in to become better – 33 percent stated that more cloud is needed, 32 percent suggested that programs specially designed to suit smart devices will help, and the same percentage advocated for more support programs. Each company is likely to have different areas to improve to ensure productivity gains.
BI on the go
BYOD means more phones and tablets in use for enterprise functions, and a plethora of new potential business intelligence endpoints. Mobile BI, at its best, boils down the dashboard experience to make it legible and powerful on a small screen. Aberdeen recently polled companies with mobile BI programs to determine which approaches lead to efficiency and which are comparatively unimportant. The research organization split its subjects into leader and follower categories.
The Aberdeen study found, for example, that leaders were far more likely to have customized dashboards based on the job functions of individual users. Similarly, the better users were secure in the quality of their data – leaders were roughly three times as likely as followers to have a consistency and synchronization plan. In these ways, mobile BI is very much like the desktop version – attention to detail and careful project planning are still of paramount importance.