The Unwired Enterprise: Building The Company of Tomorrow, Today
Right Here. Right Now.
It took almost two decades for personal computers to be transformed from techie toy to ubiquitous corporate asset. Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are on a similar though much faster path, quickly supplanting the PC as the tool of choice for business workers. Worldwide sales of smartphones are expected to pass PC sales by 2012, according to Morgan Stanley.1 Meanwhile, Gartner expects 55 million tablets to be shipped in 2011, and 103 million in 2012.
Along with device ubiquity is another change: the democratization of business intelligence. Once restricted to reports for upper managers that were out-of-date before they were even delivered, advanced self-service analytics is now spreading to a broad swath of workers.
Mobile devices are key — running the right apps, they enable workers to gain real-time access to business intelligence from anywhere. That empowers employees, collapses processes and accelerates the pace of decision making.
For companies that aren’t ready, this change can easily turn into a crisis. Companies unprepared for the onslaught of worker-imported devices will find themselves constantly dealing with management and security headaches. So will organizations that deploy mobile apps to fulfill current needs, without a view for the future.
By contrast, a model Unwired Enterprise has the foundation to respond in an agile fashion to new business trends and employee needs, while minimizing IT’s work and costs. After making this transformative jump, Unwired Enterprises will find themselves leapfrogging the many competitors stuck in the old ways of doing things.