Is 'mobility' a separate subject any more?
As the 'Cloud Guy' I'm getting called into more and more discussions with customers where the topic of conversation has started from 'mobility' and rapidly morphed into 'application transformation'. I've seen this in businesses as small as a sole trader up to organisations with millions of employees.
The drivers seem to be:
- smartphone penetration - especially amongst the economically active age groups
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - wether formal company policy or not
- a shift from competing on quality (being 'best') to time (being 'first and good enough') - Facebook famously has 'Done is better than perfect' as it's development motto and Google has had a 'permanent beta' approach.
But...taking an existing application and trying to transform it carries significant risk and is usually associated with long timescales. Most of my customers are opting for a two-tier approach:
- stabilise their core application set
- adopt new ways of deploying and managing new applications, often using Cloud infrastructure and services as components of the new deployment.
So...the 'mobility' requirement should really be considered a part of a wider 'new ways of working' project by enterprises and not as standalone subject. I've linked to a paper put together by our friends at Orange UK for the public sector, but applicable to all business. As the linked document states: we need to move from discussion about 'where' we work to 'how' we work.
Do you think of mobility as a seperate subject, or is it just part of the application landsdscape?
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April 12, 2012I'd go further.
Mobile = anywhere. That includes sitting at your desk. I don't have a cable, just wifi. Same at home. In the study or in the lounge. Mobile means no cables, and wherever you are there is a network that can connect you.
Mobile = multiple fat (laptop) and thin clients, no cables. In a couple of years laptops will be a lot thinner and feel more like tablets. Mac air has only solid state disk and wireless connections. Its OS (Lion) incorporates many ease-of-use features from the mobile IOS. Convergence is nigh.
Time to take this to heart. Assume your devices are thin. You can add on features for laptops if you really need to, but if you think thin the data ends up in the centre where it can be protected, secured and easily shared, and the device footprint is simplified, so even managing laptops becomes easier and cheaper. As the balance shifts more and more to "mobile" you are already doing it right...
March 20, 2012Mobility should be viewed as an extension of the application landscape. The applications and data mobile users need access to hasn't changed, the change is the way users are consuming data and which applications they need to access to obtain this data. It is always key to remember the context in which the user intends to consume when deciding on a mobility strategy and it will most likely lead to a re-design of business processes.