Beyond Mobile: Architecting the Future
Ten years ago, on-the-go email was limited to BlackBerry users and the fax machine was still a critical piece of business hardware. Today, employees – across all levels and responsibilities – are using smartphones and mobile devices to access their work remotely, and beyond the firewall. Change happens fast. And the widespread adoption of mobile devices has fundamentally altered the demands for enterprise architecture.
The rise of mobile presents a radically new model for work. Data is no longer tethered to a single location and employees now expect access to the applications and information they need to get work done – from any device, anywhere. In order to meet this new demand, enterprises must adapt their technologies and strategies. The reality is we're living and working in a hybrid world. To ensure that company data is being accessed and managed in a secure way, IT needs to build and adopt infrastructure solutions that reflects a location and device independent model.
Of course, there are solutions out there now that will address some of the immediate stresses presented by mobile. However, looking past the actual devices – the mobile revolution is actually about device and location independence. In another ten years the modern enterprise will look very different from what it does today. Mobile actually represents an opportunity to revamp your architecture/ infrastructure toward a model that is flexible, scalable and able to accommodate any new changes in technology. .
Today, companies of all kinds are being challenged to think beyond just mobile and implement strategies that not only support mobile device use, but are also device independent. How can businesses ensure their users are connected to the information they need independent of device, time and place? What can organizations do to get the pieces in place for the future? By thinking ahead now, companies can actually leverage device diversity as an opportunity to revamp out-of-date business models to further growth and innovation.