Forbes recently reported on Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. My take on this is that large organizations have to start App Store-enabling their enterprise applications now in order to accommodate a mobile workforce. App Store-enabling enterprise applications means creating smaller mobile apps that can be operated (and downloaded) independently by employees and customers on their personal devices. In the near future, this will be how employees and customers consume the IT services that they currently access through websites.
Turning enterprise applications into mobile applications will soon become a serious issue for organizations. A number of organizations are struggling with personal mobile devices today, and if the evolution of those devices includes personal clouds (which is likely), that struggle will continue. Hence (with apologies to other older folks like me), BYOPC is not referring to our favorite desktop/laptop, but to the likely emergence of “Bring Your Own Personal Cloud.”
Of course, there is a snag here. Small applications may not be able to carry out all of the needed functions of enterprise applications without access to centrally held data or the ability to store more data than current devices can support. Gartner suggests two trends that are addressing this problem: more data storage on the local device and on more data storage on personal clouds.
So, what does this mean for you and your organization? It means that it’s time to start considering the future and how BYOD and the cloud may affect your mobile workforce. Download our latest white paper, Migrating Enterprise Applications to the Cloud. In it, we discuss the strategic concerns that need to be considered when moving applications into the cloud and outline the characteristics of an application that would make for a good candidate for migration.
As an aside, DCG also offers an “Applications to Apps” service for updating enterprise applications to mobile applications. This service combines several software analytics techniques to review enterprise applications to determine if they are suitable candidates to be turned into mobile applications.