Insights from the Enterprise Mobility Exchange Event, Las Vegas

Mobility_Desktop.jpgThis week I’m attending an Enterprise Mobility Exchange (EME) event in Las Vegas that invites a select group of senior level IT professionals into an environment to share ideas with and gain insight from a handful of sponsors consisting of IT vendors. Among this crowd are some fascinating leaders who have accelerated their mobility journey to include augmented reality, while others still wrestle with the ‘corporate versus personal’ experience.

This event 100% confirms the complexity of mobility and the broad list of considerations impacting the business results. Being here, I’ve also concluded that mobility trends around application development, security, and device management are still in their infancy. A few of the fascinating things I have witnessed are:

  • There is a significant gap between organizations that have paved a mobility strategy in their companies, and those that are fumbling with device policies, application UX, written business polices, and security knowledge.
  • Augmented reality is not only super cool, but has the opportunity to radically improve business process and employee satisfaction. The Boeing Google Glass demo continues to be a great demonstration of the technology, providing a glimpse into what is possible.
  • Organizational structure is still forming around mobility. Most companies I’ve spoken with have a plan in place to modify the organization to match the company’s mobility strategy, but few have implemented new organizational charts. On the IT vendor side, this makes for a difficult task when trying to identify the decision makers, influencers, and budget holders.
  • New devices and digital business processes are going to continue to operate in a sea of change, making things extremely complex for IT pros. Those who understand business applications, accounting, and employee tasks will quickly succeed in their careers.

Mobility is difficult, but everyone I spoke with is excited about the challenge and opportunity in front of them. On numerous occasions, I’ve heard that people are often the gating factor. Age of employee and role certainly play into the overall satisfaction and mobility opportunity, as does the impact a senior-level business person who embraces mobility can have on an entire organization.

Being at this event, I’m excited about the opportunities I have seen. As challenging as the road ahead may appear for some of the folks in attendance, they are all excited about the impact mobility can make in the future, and how their ideas and innovation will help drive their companies forward, while creating a new means of end-user satisfaction.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility