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Seamless Integration: Unlocking the Potential of Business Mobility.

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Mobility, in its most basic sense, is pretty easy to pull off. Take computing power, stick it into a mobile form factor, make sure it has wireless connectivity, and set it loose. True business mobility, on the other hand, is rather more elusive.

What is true business mobility, exactly? It’s mobility built for business, sure, but it’s also mobility that actually helps employees be more productive and more effective. It’s mobility free of kludgy apps, hardware limitations and the other barriers that can frustrate some employees and send others off in search of workarounds.

The key to true business mobility isn’t hardware, or software, or management, or infrastructure or security. It’s all of these things, working together to deliver a seamlessly integrated experience that lets employees focus on their work instead of figuring out how to do their work.

Seamless integration encompasses just about every aspect of the mobile ecosystem, but it’s definitely not one-size-fits-all. Various industries, roles and use cases each have their own unique considerations. Seamless integration for the nursing staff at a hospital shouldn’t be the same for a mobile salesforce at a software company or for engineers on the factory floor.

Still, there are some common integration points that can be explored:

  • Platform: Each major mobile platform – iOS, Android™ and Windows® – has its own strengths and limitations including security, app development, deep-level OS integration, and even user familiarity. Windows 8.1 (and soon, Windows 10), for example, delivers a unified experience across desktop, laptop and tablet screens, and streamlines app development and integration with corporate systems.
  • Software: Applications and app development are critical to a successful business mobility solution, and can make or break any attempt at seamless integration. Third party and internally-developed apps need to be functional, intuitive, and integrated with the rest of the business’ systems.
  • Hardware: These days, so much attention is focused on software and UI that hardware often becomes a second thought…but hardware is equally critical to seamless integration. It has to match the task at hand. A tablet that can’t read credit cards is going to be handicapped in a retail setting, while a tablet intended for a field environment is going to need to be ruggedized to withstand the elements or the occasional drop.
  • Infrastructure: What’s behind the device is just as important as what’s on the device (or even more so). IT infrastructure, from device, app and data deployment and management to security and even in-house app development are critical to developing and delivering a seamlessly integrated experience to users.

Above all, seamless integration needs to be, well, seamless. Murky processes and additional steps only disengage users. An intuitive mobility solution, on the other hand, can arm your people with the right tools and information to drive your business forward in a meaningful way.

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