Application transformation in a mobile, cloud-based world

By Karin Kelley

Even though the shift to a mobile and cloud-friendly IT environment is still in its early stages, enterprises will undoubtedly benefit from smart mobile application transformation initiatives. After all, according to Forbes, “Cloud is at the core of enabling new service innovation.”

How can mobile application transformation take enterprises to the next level?

User productivity and satisfaction

Whether they’re at home, on the road or in a remote office, users want to be able to easily access their mobile enterprise applications and data on multiple devices. By making this possible, enterprises can allow their workers to be more productive and ensure that their customers are as happy as possible. The devices in users’ hands are becoming increasingly powerful and intelligent, which means that users not only have instant access to their applications and data but also have new ways to collaborate and communicate in real time. Intuitive consumer-style app marketplaces make it easier for users to find the applications they need.

Cognitive capabilities

Innovative cognitive technologies such as speech recognition, language translation and location- and context-aware software and services can automatically customize the user experience to fit individual needs. Language translation, for instance, can enable global teams to work more easily across borders. In addition, context- and location-based capabilities can help users who are on the road make better-informed choices to get the job done. These capabilities also give enterprises more security controls over which users can access different types of data from various places on the network.

Data analytics

A key component of any application transformation initiative is the use of big data analytics, which helps enterprises make more informed decisions about the overall business, while also providing insight into the way in which people are actually using applications. More devices generate more data, and enterprises need to find ways to harness this data explosion and use the information produced in an effective manner. Without intelligent insight into this information, it is essentially useless to the organization.

In the end, application transformation strategies should be tailored to specific users and roles. Mobility is here to stay, and if mobile applications are executed in a smart way, they can give enterprises and users alike the flexibility, scalability and individualized, granular control over their IT operations. After all, this is what is expected in today’s mobile world.

To learn more, register for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and attend IBM’s breakout session, “New Way to Work, Part 1.”

Written By

Karin Kelley

Independent Analyst & Writer

Karin is an independent industry analyst and writer, with over 10 years experience in information technology. She focuses on cloud infrastructure, hosted applications and services, end user computing and related systems management software and services. She spent nearly eight years…

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