Enterprise Mobility: Unwiring ROI Complexity in a Wireless World
A Simplified Mathematical Model for Making Quick ROI Computations
May. 26, 2005 08:00 AM
The convergence of wireless communication technologies and the miniaturization of electronics have together created a great technological opportunity for enterprises to extend their boundaries out of their office buildings.
On one hand the media is rife with scenarios suggesting how providing mobile employees with real time connectivity to enterprise applications, outside the workplace could save businesses thousands of dollars.
On the other hand, there is exploding diversity of ever-morphing handheld devices and peripherals and costs associated with security, devices, training, support, extending applications on to mobile devices, networks and recurring costs of air-time connectivity.
CIOs, technical managers or solution architects need to quickly work-out ball park ROI estimates in different scenarios and present go, no-go or investigate-further recommendations to decision-making bodies.
In this paper we present a simplified mathematical model which we have found useful in making quick ROI computations in the Enterprise Mobility Space.
Computing Returns due to increased productivity...
... And due to reduced Cross-Functional Latency
Box 1 arrives at the mathematical model for computing productivity gains and diagram 1 illustrates the same.
DIAGRAM 1: ILLUSTRATION OF MODEL FOR COMPUTING PRODUCTIVITY GAINS
Representing Returns due to increased Business Resilience
Soda bottlers effectively minimize out-of-stock situations with their mobility solution strategies, thus retaining retailers and customers. Timeliness or immediacy can be associated with a gain in dollars.
Box 2 arrives at the mathematical model for representing immediacy gains and diagram 2 illustrates the same.
DIAGRAM 2: ILLUSTRATION OF MODEL FOR REPRESENTING IMMEDIACY GAINS
Investments in Enterprise Mobility Solutions.
But there are Risks ....
... Constraints ...
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