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How did that information get here?

How did that information get here?

 

When people think of mobile applications, one of the first things to come to mind is “What does the information look like on my mobile device?”  They just want the information.  How it gets to their device is less important to them.  However, when it comes to the timeliness, cost, security and integrity of information essential for their business processes, application integration is a critical factor.

 

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To better understand mobility application integration, consider the following six key aspects:

1. Business processes:  Is the business process that creates or uses the information automated, possibly via the orchestration features of an enterprise service bus?  If so, consider the timing of the mobility integration.  The information must be shared at the correct point in the process.  The more automated the business process, the easier the integration between the back-end applications and the mobile device.

2. Applications: Does the application interface need to be able to be accessed by multiple device types?  Are the applications providing the information proprietary or third-party owned?  If so, they need to provide support for integration technologies, such as service gateways.

3. Technology: What standards are used by the mobile and back-end applications?  Considerations include virtualization, capacity, openness and extendibility.

4. Data integrity:  How is data from disparate data sources addressed by the mobile application?  How is the potential for data loss addressed when the mobile device loses connectivity?  Is there on-device data security?

5. Security enforcement: How are security threats addressed by the integration solution?  Considerations include network permissions, authentication and authorization as well as the security of the mobile device itself.  Is single sign-on included in the solution?

6. Financial tracking:  What tracking is in place to track the split between personal and business usage?  How is the usage recorded and analyzed across mobile devices?

In my related video entitled, “Do we have a connector for that?” I am joined by my HP colleagues, Ivan Lomelli and Eitan Katz, to discuss integrating systems of record to systems of engagement.  We raise some interesting points related to mobility application integration.

You may have identified other key integration considerations for mobility.  Which do you think are most important to your implementation?

Follow us on future blogs as part of the Knowledge Matters program for mobility.  We will talk about key mobility topics such as the relationship between business opportunities and integration, mobile workers and devices… and many others.

 

Previous blogs by Carleen Christner:

Cloud Integration: Vapor or Reality?

Mapping your Journey with the HP Cloud Maturity Model

 

About the author:

 

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Master Business Consultant and Distinguished SE with 37+ years of business and IT experience, specializing in Applications Transformation to Cloud, Applications Modernization, Service-Oriented Architecture and Applications Integration

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Master Business Consultant and Distinguished SE with 35+ years of IT experience, specializing in SOA and Integration.


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