Enterprise Software Key Driver of Mobile Transformation




Legacy organizations need to go mobile: it’s that simple. The ROI found in the way of higher worker efficiency and productivity rates proves the point, but any form of digital transformation is a harrowing undertaking. So what’s a key driver in making the move?

It comes down to the current enterprise software and how well it functions in the mobile arena, according to a new survey released by ISF. The ability to have agile software programs accessible by mobile users – regardless of device type or OS – is the key driver in a company’s mobile transformation, the survey showed.

Just 31% of respondents said they could regularly access enterprise software using a mobile device, and only 17% said all of their enterprise’s legacy applications could be used through a touch screen device such as a tablet or smartphone.

“Mobile is the most obvious manifestation of digital transformation,” said IFS CTO Rick Veague in a statement. “It is not the only one or most important one. But when people use enterprise software from a mobile device, it indicates that the system is the lifeblood of the business. Your employees can connect into those core processes and participate even if they are not sitting at their desk. If you cannot do this, you will struggle with anything in digital transformation.”

But where mobile is leading, enterprises are finding themselves in the dubious position of being laggards.

In an Enterprise Mobility Exchange survey fielded on mobile applications, IT executives from all industries shared how far behind they truly are when it comes moving legacy systems through the digital transformation process.

The survey showed 46% of respondents said modernizing legacy systems or mobile app development were their top priorities in 2017, but the disconnect between want and ability was wide. Eighty-seven percent of respondents still need to mobilize three or more workflows, but say time and budget are among the top challenges in doing so.

While the enterprise app market is expected to double in value between 2015 and 2024, companies aren’t able to keep up with the needs of their users. Adrian Leow, a principal research analyst with Gartner, said the need for enterprise apps will “grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations’ capacity to deliver them,” by the end of 2017.

Enterprise mobility is growing whether IT departments or boardrooms are ready or not. As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, 61% of workers say they conduct business outside the office at least part of the time, and utilized – on average – three or more devices for work activities.

While data shows startups and young companies – those 10 years or newer – are launching in the digital space and are inherently mobile, legacy companies need to bolster their digital transformation strategies and establish their identities in the mobile space before they fall behind completely.

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