There is disagreement about the exact birth years, span and name for our most connected generation – but there’s plenty of speculation about how this digital generation will impact technology, business operations and the economy.
As CIOs make the leap to mobile-centric workplaces, there’s a lot of variables to consider, especially about the kinds of applications needed to bring production-level productivity to tablet tapping workers. But once the key apps are ironed out and deployed, what about all the other apps in-between? It may be time for an enterprise app store.
CIOs approaching a cloud strategy may want to consider something a little more than the most practical SaaS solution. Cloud software needs to provide flexibility and scalability, offering functionality for both mobile and non-PC devices. All-encompassing software services like these open the door for flexible business strategies while improving worker productivity. The best part is, it’s not any more difficult to find and deploy these solutions — it just takes common sense.
Most CIOs likely view consumerization of IT with a sense of trepidation. Tablets beget security issues, smartphones beget data loss and most user devices are completely different from one another — it could be a nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be.
Gartner has predicted that by next year, one-third of all business intelligence functionality will be consumed through a mobile device. This makes sense when you consider the types of business intelligence tools now accessible to everyone. Dashboards and other visualization features, for instance, help shape data into more pleasing and useful formats.
When talking mobility, it’s easy to focus on device management strategies and corporate device policies. These elements, while necessary, do not help build a real productive mobile workforce, though – they only provide the infrastructure. But a clever CIO can turn standard bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy into a productivity powerhouse. How? There’s an app for that.
Social media’s relevance in the every-day business world is growing at a fast pace. Love it or hate it, quick online interactions wrought from social media have some of the most lasting impacts on customer loyalty and business reputation.
There’s been plenty of speculation on the death of e-mail. There are plenty of people and business still using it, and there are plenty of technologists out there working to modernize it and integrate it with collaborative and social solutions.