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Mobile insights and myths…

mobile.JPGI’ve posted before that my yardstick for Big Data is the ability to turn data into action – we need to look at these possibilities differently. HP just released a whitepaper about Mobility Insight: 6 myths you can’t afford to ignore that looks at mobility, its implications and how you might want to shift your view of mobility.


There are many myths about how to successfully deploy BYOD and mobile devices in general and this paper looks at a few of these – I put my perspective on the end of the myth as well:

1)      It’s best to wait on deploying a BYOD initiative until security issues are worked out – hopefully everyone realizes that having the security issues worked out is a relative comparison at best. It can’t be about having zero risk.

2)      You can manage BYOD with Mobile Device Management – this is a sledgehammer approach that may eventually run into legal issues in some states/countries.

3)      Our current network is robust enough to handle mobility – it is not just new devices but a new style of IT that is being unleashed. You can’t assume that a network designed/defined a decade ago is up to the task.

4)      We may soon need to convert our desktop applications into mobile apps - the mobile device will turn into the computer people have with them. The interaction needs to be defined for the business process interaction, not just patched together. The existing apps may be able to supply information to the mobile solution, but the user interface will need to be based on the use of the device and the capabilities available.

5)      The mobility revolution requires new methods of IT management – the concepts of IT management are similar, it is just the method of deployment that is different. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater… 

6)      From an IT perspective, the mobility phenomenon is growing faster than our ability to keep up – this is a myth that always makes me laugh. Change is definitely accelerating, but cultures change more slowly than technology. A holistic approach is needed. We don’t always need to chase the “shiny ball” but we do need to understand and support the culture – and it may be possible to shift the stream in a small way if you work hard enough.


Take a look at the HP whitepaper listed above, since it may spark some new perspectives. 

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