‘Disruption Is OK’: Day 1 At The Enterprise Mobility Exchange
What is enterprise mobility, and what is the scope of mobile transformation?
That was the underlying theme of Day One at the Enterprise Mobility Transformation Exchange held in San Diego on Thursday, Nov. 9. The event opened with an address from Ross Croasdell, Managing Director for Streamline, who posed those questions to the audience.
“Your security perimeter is no longer the firewall, it’s the user,” Croasdell said. “To that point, how do you rethink and revisit the new technologies and adapt them to mobile, and adapt them well? Also, what’s the impact of Enterprise Mobility on your organization’s culture?”
The day’s first presentation dove right into a growing form of enterprise mobility and how it’s transforming the agriculture industry.
Chris Hewitt, Center of Excellence Leader at DuPont, shared a use case on how his team created an Internet of Things platform to enhance the use of bailing equipment to clear downed cornfields, which are then turned into ethanol.
See related: How Are Mobile Networks, IoT Transforming The Field?
Before diving into what the IoT platform delivered for DuPont, Hewitt explained how it came to be.
“Make sure you listen beyond the request,” Hewitt explained. DuPont was looking to help create stronger cellular connectivity, and the team realized there was more to it – and that connectivity was just the tip of the iceberg.
“You also need to know that disruption is OK,” Hewitt said. During the implementation of a new technology, people and process will have to make changes, but in the end, will make for a stronger business taking advantage of the latest innovations.
Thanks to the implementation of sensors that allowed tractors to connect with bailing equipment, DuPont was able to capture a wealth of data not know before. In the end, Hewitt said the IoT platform created a return on investment in the range of $0.70 created on every dollar spent.
Hewitt later took part in an executive panel on the topic of Uniting Mobile, Innovation & The Business, joined by IT Architect of Boeing, Brian Laughlin, and Divyang Bhatt, Director of the Mobile Center of Excellence at Quintiles IMS.
Croasdell moderated the panel and asked what was the importance of having a mobile-focused team to oversee the transformation of the enterprise.
“I think it needs to be there for the sake of having a kind of clearinghouse to figure out the mobile situation and work on it exclusively,” Laughlin said, especially in an enterprise such as Boeing with 160,000 employees worldwide.
Bhatt echoed those sentiments, saying a Mobile Center of Excellence helps in having a single point of contact, and as a decision maker in that particular space, helps to save time and cost when creating partnership with solution providers.
“I don’t want to just have a buyer seller relationship,” Hewitt said. “I want to have a partnership. It’s great for us and for them.”
A rule of thumb when it comes to any business model, Hewitt said, is a three-pronged approach: Is it generating revenue; is it stimulating collaboration; and does it boost productivity?
Laughlin summed up the conversation nicely, speaking metaphorically about the need for technological innovation.
“Nobody who ever bought a drill, actually wanted the drill,” he said. “The needed a hole.” The drill, Laughlin explained, was a means to the end, the way mobile transformation has become the engine that steers the enterprise ship.