This week the mobile enterprise makes a case for business intelligence.
9 Reasons Why Smartphones Will Prevail in the Enterprise
Think smartphones in the enterprise is just a fad? Think again. More and more companies are integrating mobile computing-focused strategies. Yet for those who remain unconvinced, Susan Nunziata, editor-in-chief of CIO Insight compiled a slideshow outlining 9 Reasons Smartphones Will Take Over Business Computing.
She cites obvious factors of convenience (of not having to lug heavy laptops around), as well as its appeal to a youthful demographic and that smartphones have become a part of our 21st century lifestyles. In fact, many of her reasons will hardly sway a steadfast CIO from suddenly adopting smartphone technology, but they are indicative of a trend that encourages companies to integrate willingly, before it’s too late.
While these may be valid reasons why the smartphone may permeate the enterprise, they are not the same reasons why smartphones will be adopted and supported by IT departments. Those reasons rely on cost and time savings, not to mention seamless integration and decreased security risks.
Mobile Security for US $3/month
In an effort to help security-minded companies and individuals alike embrace smartphones, CyberSynchs hopes that its new mobile security application will allay fears. For US $3, the mobile application with a web-based component, work to make sure that your data doesn't disappear using what it calls a "data synchronization system" that is made up of three parts: mobile, web-based and desktop (optional).
Available for users on Android, BlackBerry OS, Java J2ME, Java FX, Symbian and Windows Mobile platforms, users can choose specific information to sync to CyberSynch's servers. After an initial sync, you can access all of the data that has been synced by pointing any computer's Web browser to cybersynchs.com.
Currently in Beta, naturally there are still a few kinks to work out. CyberSynchs is free for 7 days; after that it costs $3 a month.
Focusing Business Intelligence on Solving Problems, Not Creating Them
All this talk about how smartphones and mobile technology are infiltrating the enterprise may be just wishful thinking. In a recent column, Ann All, contributing blogger for IT Business Edge, questions the mobile business intelligence of companies to promote the use of mobile computing within the enterprise.
Even though mobile devices have strengthened computing power, memory and storage, while adding larger and easier-to-read displays, All isn’t so sure that any of these new features have persuaded knowledge workers to access their data from a mobile interface or device. Knowledge workers, as it turns out, have little need to access real-time data on the go.
Instead, All suggests, business leaders would be better off focusing their efforts on a demographic whose jobs require access to information on the go -- workers already on the ground and whose jobs require real-time information. Instead of making it so workers can access sales reports, alerts based on real-time data, like shipping notifications or order status, will prove to be more valuable, for instance.
By creating strategies that aim to simplify the way workers work, companies are behooved to create more targeted applications directed at solving specific needs.