The Impact of Mobility on the Enterprise

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Mobile-First Mindset Needed; No Longer an Afterthought

With these changes, one of the biggest shifts for enterprises is the idea of "mobile-first," meaning developing solutions with mobile in mind from the beginning instead of thinking about it later. This is significant for enterprise IT because it dramatically changes everything from how to design an application and user interface to how to deal with security and set up the corporate infrastructure to support it.

Enterprise IT will need to think about how solutions (both internal and external) are consumed on a mobile platform. They will need to consider the ecosystem of users who need access and where the connections will originate. Enterprises, especially those that are regulated, tend to need containerization of personal and work data and this can add complexity to facilitating both security and the user experience on mobile devices.

Mobility continues to have a profound impact on the enterprise. Smartphones and tablets have quickly become part of the corporate ecosystem. Improvements in wireless and cellular coverage are enabling us to be productive anywhere, anytime. Today's workforce is demanding flexibility to choose to work their own way including choices ranging from which devices they carry to the platform they want to use on their desktop or laptop.

We're seeing industry leaders acknowledge the need for technology flexibility and take action to adapt and move enterprise applications to mobile devices. These trends have had a huge impact in making companies realize the power of mobile and its key role in the new IT enterprise reality. Is your organization taking the right steps to prepare?

In this slideshow, Eric Reed, CTO, GE Capital, has identified mobile trends that are having a significant impact on today's organizations.


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