We have watched very attentively over the past four years as hundreds/thousands of enterprise apps have been developed for tablets and other smart devices. Heck, we offer one of those enterprise apps, EZ FORMS. So, we feel like we have a pretty good grip on what is going on in the market and what the potential impact is of using those apps to make business processes more effective and efficient. We have also observed an extraordinarily slow adoption rate in almost every industry in which we are involved.
Dan Burrus, a noted writer and tech futurist, surveyed over 700 companies over the past several years, asking them if they have developed any mobile apps internally to help them with such things as supply chain management, logistics, purchasing, maintenance, service, or sales support. Only 4% said "yes,".
So, we have to ask the obvious question, “What are you waiting for?”
A second question he asked was, "Do you think that at least half the businesses in your industry will have their own mobile apps for functions like that within the next two years?" The response was amazing: 100% responded that half of the businesses in their industry would. But, recent surveys and empirical data suggest that adoption is not picking up nearly that fast. Tablet sales are actually in decline in the short term and usage of enterprise apps are not exactly “hockey sticking”.
So, again, we have to ask, “What are you waiting for?
For those enterprises that have jumped on board, congratulations (sound of light applause) as you have a better chance than most of preparing yourself for success in the years ahead.
Mobile apps designed by businesses for their internal use and competitive advantage are forecasted to explode over the next two years. Is your enterprise among the vanguard in your industry that is embracing mobile to improve and even reinvent traditional administrative and operating processes that are still locked in the 20th century?
Adopting/embracing mobile apps that can transform business processes is manifesting as a “hard trend” in the business world, meaning that it is GOING to happen, not might happen. Enterprises will be implementing mobile apps customized for their company for various functions. The soft trend is whether your company will be one of them.
And, despite the recent decline in the rate of tablet sales, the number of smart mobile devices in all sizes of companies has obviously exploded in the last couple of years. Concurrently, the cost of decision support capabilities is declining at the same time as the capability of mobile and cloud technologies are expanding.
Hey, we know change is difficult after years of sitting in front of desktop/laptop computers has made you value your Aeron chair and your wireless mouse. Been there.
But, there is a new sheriff in town and you have only a short time to continue to violate the laws of nature, to become the quick rather than the dead.
There are some industries that have created significant success stories using enterprise mobile apps. Retail and restaurants are several of the obvious ones. But every industry can experience real reinvention once they step back and view the technology underlying many of their critical processes with an objective gaze.
And no one has to go it alone. You don’t have to staff up to build mobile apps unique to your processes because the very best commercial apps are designed with flexibility and agility that allow you to make them yours.