Can You Handle the Truth about Enterprise Mobility and Big Data?
Enterprise mobility offers many productivity improvements and efficiency gains
By: Kevin Benedict
Mar. 1, 2012 05:30 AM
Enterprise mobility is not just about extending your office cubicle to the nearby Starbucks. Nor is it just doing your same job, in the same manner from a remote location. It is about doing a job in a different and better way. A way that permits you to be at the point of action, the point of need, and the point where you can have the biggest positive impact on your bottom line without breaking your lines of communication or denying you access to critical information and team members.
It is about providing real-time business analytics to decision makers, so they can make the best data-driven decisions, no matter their physical location. By data-driven decisions, I mean decisions that are based on the analysis of large volumes of data that is related to your issue or subject. How do you measure the value of "good" decisions? I reported in a previous article that Professor Erik Brynjolfsson, from MIT's Sloan School of Management had discovered that "Data-driven decision making achieved productivity gains that were 5 to 6 percent higher than other factors could explain." Those are significant gains for multi-billion dollar organizations.
In the Enterprise Mobility 2011 survey that I conducted and reported on in October of 2011, only 40% of respondents reported having a strategic enterprise mobility plan, although 80% reported that enterprise mobility was "very important" to "critical" for their companies future success. This tells me that both the business and the IT organizations need to get together and really understand the possibilities that are available with enterprise mobility and document a strategy. It doesn't seem like many organizations truly understand it yet.
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