BYOD and mobile enablement for a smarter workforce
Rispna Jain 060000F0A4 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  ibm_worklight byod smarter_workforce cics mobile
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There was a time when only a few employees in an organization had mobile access to their work email, calendar or collaboration applications. These were usually executives who spent the majority of their time away from the office or sales personnel who often worked at client locations.
With the outburst of smartphones and tablets in today’s fast-paced life, all of us want to change the way we work. All of us want to have the flexibility and ease to access work-related information on our personal mobile devices so that we can be more efficient and have a smarter work-life balance. More and more enterprises in the world are now trying to cater to this growing need.
This need has evolved into the concept of bring your own device (BYOD). This allows and encourages employees to use their personal mobile devices as well as notebook PCs to access enterprise data and systems.
You may have some questions about BYOD, so consider the following:
Why should I invest in providing this flexibility to my employees?
What are the things to consider before adopting BYOD?
The second factor to consider is the cost. This includes the cost of developing the applications, providing support and providing devices if employees start expecting that the company should pay for the device.
What new opportunities does BYOD enablement create for a business?
A retail company may be using a Customer Information Control System (CICS) application on a mainframe for managing the logistics and stock process in its distribution centers (DC). An order management system requires stock to be picked, packed and made ready for distribution by end-of-the-day truck collection. Managers use this information to optimally allocate staff. A manager must cross the floor throughout the day to ensure appropriate progress and return back to the console to make any updates. Providing these employees a way to accomplish this on their mobile devices is a great way to save time and increase efficiency.
You may think that it is challenging to take an existing CICS application and make it available to multiple mobile devices in the form of a consumable mobile app. In this scenario, IBM Worklight on Linux on z can help deliver the mobile application capability with minimum changes to the CICS system.
IBM Worklight not only provides a platform for development of mobile applications but also provides application testing, management and security. IBM also offers a complete portfolio of IBM MobileFirst products that can enable you to transform to a mobile enterprise.
Let’s go back to the warehouse management system example and look at some ROI calculations for a retail company. Please note this is only an example calculation.*
Think about this! What are some of the opportunities in your organization where you can leverage mobile applications and create a smarter workforce?
What other questions do you have about BYOD and becoming a mobile enterprise? Have you seen its benefits? Let me know your thoughts here or on Twitter @Rispna.
*My thanks to Richard Gamblin for sharing the ROI data.