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Why do companies fear enterprise mobility adoption?

Mobility's the future of the enterprise, but going from old to new ways for IT becomes more complex every day. Organizations must embrace going mobile so business can move forward.

Newton's third law of physics states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The same can be said for progress and innovation.

The problem is that in the IT industry, change is the only thing that is constant. For years, experts have been talking about how companies need to adopt mobility, yet there are still many organizations that simply aren't there. Why do companies fear going mobile?

Keeping up with enterprise mobility

Going mobile requires being highly effective at change management on a constant basis.

Enterprise mobility adoption requires being highly effective at change management on a constant basis. The problem is that many organizations are pretty terrible at it. It is important to remember that IT is a people business, not a technology business. Many IT workers cut their teeth on mainframe, heavyweight ERP systems and waterfall development. Mobile turns all of those concepts on their heads. It's distributed, lightweight and agile, which many IT professionals see as a threat to their way of doing things -- and potentially their job security.

Reconstructing the technological landscape

Architecturally, enterprise mobility adoption is not an easy thing to do. The older and larger the organization, the more legacy architecture it has. Plus, mobile does not work well without cloud -- be it private, public or hybrid. This presents a tremendous re-architecture effort, because IT must build a mobile-first architecture very differently than it would to support an on-premises ERP system, for instance. Reliability gives way to agility and scalability, and heavily perfected coding gives way to rapid change and a focus on app-ification. IT also cannot forget about security, which is why many highly regulated industries stayed away from mobile for a long time. Thankfully, these industries are starting to join the party. If it sounds complicated now, just wait until internet of things starts knocking at the door.

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User-centric ideology is key

Mobile strategies for business are about the user, not the system. When IT tries to take legacy desktop applications and transplant them into mobile, it's almost guaranteed to result in a debacle. To effectively take an organization mobile, step out of the coding back room and find out what users would like to see and how they plan to really use an application or device. UX is the backbone of mobile, and if users aren't the first thing an organization thinks about, then it's sunk.

Mobile is hard. Mobile is fast. Mobile is different. The best companies are embracing enterprise mobility adoption. It's time for everyone to do the same.

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This was last published in January 2017

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