5 Steps Businesses Can Adopt To Leverage The Mobile-Cloud Convergence
‘The Third Platform’ as dubbed by IDC, is a new paradigm whereby storage and data processing are migrated from mobile devices to computational clouds, and converged into a unified, symbiotic platform of mobile-cloud.
With increased reliability on mobile devices, cloud storage and services are essential to enhancing the functionalities and capabilities of mobile devices. Together, mobile and cloud provide seamless access to unlimited data, scalability and the ability to collaborate better and manage enterprise data anytime, anywhere.
While the promise of the convergence seems extraordinary, organizations are overwhelmed with the sheer volume of data generated by mobile-cloud channels, latency issues and security concerns that stand in the way. Here is a 5 step process to help businesses adopt a secure and reliable mobile-cloud strategy:
1. Review your IT Strategy
As a first step, business leaders MUST analyze their organizational needs and gaps (business or technological) and devise a plan to manage potential disruptions that may affect their employees, customers or suppliers.
2. Establish an ‘Enterprise Cloud Security’ Foundation
With data flowing into the cloud, it is imperative to assess the security of data, both within the cloud and the mobile device. The security architecture must take into consideration Identity and Access Management (IAM), physical security, and Mobile Device Management (MDM), in addition to network level security.
3. Create Cloud as an Enabler
The cloud is considered the core of the mobile-cloud convergence, since it enables functionalities and capabilities on mobile devices that are otherwise unavailable. For the real benefit to accrue, the cloud environment MUST be set up such that it enables high availability, usability and response time per transaction.
4. Facilitate Rapid Innovation on Mobile
As mobile devices are the front-end of the interaction with the end users/customers, the mobile applications have to be done right. While cloud can play a critical role in designing, developing, deploying and managing mobile applications, a robust Mobile Application Platform (MAP) will help organizations improve their mobile maturity and avoid any negative impact.
5. Monitor and Optimize
The constant evolution of cloud and mobile technologies instill certain complexities into the applications. With higher possibilities, user expectations are also increasing. Tracking these changes and optimizing solutions is critical to staying relevant to the demands of your customer and the industry.
Has your organization leveraged the mobile-cloud convergence? We’d love to hear about the processes/steps you adopted. Also, please feel free to ask us to elaborate on any of the steps covered in this post.
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