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5 Questions with AIIM’s Laurence Hart, CIO. Talking Enterprise Apps.

Some CIOs have it tougher then others in my opinion. Imagine being a CIO for an entire organization of IT experts. That cant be easy. I recently chatted it up with Laurence Hart, CIO of AIIM, for a few questions on enterprise apps.   1) In 2013, what will be hotter internal employee facing apps OR external (market) consumer facing apps? The answer is a function of the business and their mobile maturity. For AIIM, 2013 is about staff mobile productivity. We are making sure that our key systems provide needed functionality on mobile devices. Employees do not live at their desk and in a world where “work” is not confined to the traditional 8-hour window, the business cannot stop and wait for someone to get back to their computer. When our key decision makers can access all the information that they need to make decisions, we will have hit the sweet spot. 2) What is the biggest issue in enterprise mobility? While usability is key, I feel we are moving beyond usability being an “issue”. That clearly leaves Security as the largest issue. As a CIO, I don’t worry about what data my staff accesses from their devices (well maybe a little). I worry about what happens when that mobile device is lost or stolen. That is the data that I need to worry about protecting, especially with so many applications saving authentication credentials. Getting Security under control without impacting people’s ability to get things done is my greatest mobile challenge. 3) I’d love to get feedback on Mobile Enterprise Adoption Forumla, before I write my “thesis” on it. What are your thoughts on it? I think the right factors are in there, but it seems to be the Enterprise’s requirements for purchase. Security is vastly important and without it, an Enterprise shouldn’t consider a mobile app for use. It also has almost no positive impact on adoption. People will use mobile apps that make their lives easy with minimal regard for security. People want an application to be secure, but superficial security is good enough for the average user. You make a good point that too much Security will kill the adoption of an application but...

Business Intelligence Mobile Apps. Spoken to by SearchBusinessAnalytics

Mobile Enterprise App News: Jack Vaughan to talk HTMS5 and business intelligence mobile apps Brings up OS and device agnostic code Enterprise Security comes up as always Mentions the rule of: There is always 1 user that doesn’t fit the mold. Amen! Full Link. Teams look to HTML5 for mobile BI development on varied devices While mobile business intelligence (BI) applications show promise, they present a major challenge to development teams that must support a wide array of mobile device types and software versions. The effort can consume too much development time. That is why new-generation HTML5 BI applications are being closely watched by many in the IT industry. Written in JavaScript and supporting increasingly sophisticated graphical capabilities, HTML5 runs in Web browsers, and is somewhat agnostic as to the nature of the device running the browser. That makes it a favored option for development, whether the application is BI related or not.  In the past, we could always control our destiny [but] now we are dealing with the BYOD concept. Michael Hegarty, corporate business strategy, Lipari Foods “HTML5, is the preferred platform for delivering BI apps to mobile devices mostly because it allows you to create a ‘report/dashboard’ once and have it automatically available on any mobile device with an HTML5 compliant browser,” said Boris Evelson, a vice president and application development analyst with Forrester Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based IT research firm. HTML5 applications have advanced caching options that improve mobile device operation. The standard’s Canvas element supports highly visual presentations that can enhance analytics visualizations. The standard’s support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) means that application developers can deliver rich and detailed data views. There are tradeoffs with HTML5 on mobile machines, however, according to experts. Running applications in the browser helps flatten the bumps associated with multi-platform support issues. But since HTML5 apps do not speak directly to the device at hand, they cannot easily tap into native OS capabilities such as GPS, video and audio. Workarounds exist in the form of hybrids that combine HTML5 and native OSes. Other issues include availability and skills. The HTML5 standard has been a very long time in the making, and is still evolving. Advanced JavaScript developers capable of creating applications in the...

Lets talk Enterprise Mobility Challenges from A to Z | Enterprise Mobility Challenges

There are tons of enterprise mobility challenges each enterprise can face day to day. Lets take a second to review some recent Rockstar IT Interviews   and filter out just one enterprise mobility issue. Randy Roberts: The biggest issue today is that most enterprises don’t have a mobile strategy.  They think they are a ‘mobile company’ just because their employees carry smartphones and can be reached at all times.  They may go as far as to take an existing desktop application and shrink it down to a smartphone and call themselves ‘mobile’.   Neither of these cases represent a mobile strategy.  If fact, in most cases this does harm to a company’s mobile aspirations because it doesn’t meet expectations of the executives or the end-users.  Companies must start by defining use cases, objectives, measurements and key internal constituents before they embark on their mobile journey.  This creates an agreed path forward with clear expectations across the company and puts them on a path to truly being a mobile company. So not having a enterprise mobility strategy is a simple mobility challenge that should be avoided at all costs. It takes tons of planning and research to perfect your enterprise mobility strategy but that doesn’t mean avoid it. Top mobile enterprises know the sweet spot on the  line of  no preparedness and planning their enterprise mobile app too much. Finding that fine line is the key to solving the mobile strategy part of this particular mobile enterprise challenge. What are your thoughts? What are your top enterprise mobility challenges that you need help with? The author, Daniel DiMassa, aka the Enterprise Mobility Bad Boy pieced this blog post together in 45 seconds, as he couldn’t stand that the top ranked article for enterprise mobility challenges had the CaPitALizaTioN of his little 8 year old niece’s text message. He will rewrite or sneak a guest blog into this space shortly 🙂...

Enterprise App Store Adoption Tripling! Enterprise Apps Summary

Mobile Enterprise App Summary: ABI research predicts  enterprise app stores to catch on like wild fire BYOD need to consider BYOA Bring Your Own Apps Enterprise applications stores adoption will grow at 30.4% Internal App Markets can let Enterprises do one stop shop managing for thier mobile application portfolio Full Link PRESS RELEASE – July 1, 2013, 10:07 a.m. ET Worldwide Enterprise App Store Adoption Expected to Triple by 2018, According to ABI Research SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 01, 2013– ABI Research predicts the number of large enterprises to adopt enterprise app stores will grow at double-digit rates through 2018. Globally, large enterprise app store adoption will grow at 30.4% YoY with the manufacturing and trade industries commanding the largest share of app deployments. North American and Western European enterprise app store adoption will grow healthily at 20.7% and 21.5%, respectively, but Asia-Pacific will have the most enterprises with enterprise app stores by 2018 growing at 59% YoY. “Mobile Application Management is growing in popularity among enterprises looking to deploy flexible mobile solutions to support Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) initiatives,” commented senior analyst, Jason McNicol. “The problem is finding a scalable solution to deploy enterprise apps without placing additional burdens on IT departments. Enterprise app stores allow enterprises to expand their mobile application portfolio yet control distribution based on role and mobile policy.” Other benefits include enabling a mobile workforce with apps that contain key documents (i.e., PowerPoint presentations, videos, work order forms, etc.), custom app deployment to employees, and app lifecycle management (app deployment, maintenance, and retirement). McNicol continued: “Enterprises supporting BYOD initiatives need to consider Bring-Your-Own-App (BYOA) initiatives as well. Widespread adoption of BYOD has led to an influx of third party apps being used to support business functions (e-mail, calendar, Office docs, document storage etc.). Instead of blacklisting these apps, enterprises are embracing, securing, and deploying third party apps through the enterprise app store. As such, the enterprise app store is a means to support BYOA.” These findings are part of ABI Research’s Enterprise Mobility Applications and Services Research Service (http://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/enterprise-mobility-applica tions-and-services/), which includes Research Reports, Market Data, Insights, and Competitive Assessments. ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global...