Enterprise Mobility : Ecosystem and Landscape

In our previous blog in the blog series Enterprise Mobility, we have discussed its evolution and the need for it. In this blog, we will discuss enterprise mobility ecosystem and a little about its landscape.

An enterprise can be of small, mid or large size. Earlier, only large enterprises were considered to embrace well-defined catalysts in their execution cycle, due to cost and infrastructure overheads. However, over time, thought process and enterprise objectives have been evolved, and now business software systems are also used by SMEs (small-medium sized-enterprises), though the primary reasons might be a competition, customer satisfaction, popularity of smart devices, or cost-effective technology. Mobility offerings as a part of business roots have given innovative direction for effective and efficient execution at an enterprise’s workplace.

Enterprise mobility ecosystem (EM ecosystem) is an aura of the enterprise in the light of mobiles. It helps to identify the surrounding entities and atmosphere actors for mobile insights. Knowledge of the EM ecosystem is the first step for the reckoning of any mobile solution. The EM ecosystem can be classified into three levels broadly and they are enterprise domain, business core system, and mobile interface.

  • Enterprise Domain: It plays an important role in any software solution. The outer ellipse of the diagram represents the enterprise domain. Each domain possesses their own challenges, demands, and key ingredients. Solutions designs, offerings, and features should be aligned with the needs and challenges of the domain. It’s feasible to leverage ready-to-deploy-and-use domain-specific solutions, services, and products offered by different vendors.
  • Business Core System: Business units and technology backbones are the building blocks to fabricate any mobile solution or application at the enterprise.
  • Mobile Interface: It is the final outcome of the solution, which is used by desired users though it is required to process a complete cycle of execution to construct a mobile interface. These mobile applications can be on diverse popular devices and platforms (Android, iOS, WP, or BlackBerry) as per enterprise user’s device environment.

Enterprise Mobility Landscape:

Enterprise Mobility landscape shows paradigms in EM ecosystem. It considers all the generic widely used components and entities. Broadly it can be classified as needs and enablers. Needs are those entities which are required to be considered while designing enterprise mobility solutions. And enablers are additional enhancements or catalysts for mobility solutions.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management(CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Field Service Management (FSM), Enterprise Social Platform (ESP), Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Business Intelligence (BI) tools are the needs of the enterprise, which are the mobile extension of enterprise systems, which are an imperative foundation of enterprise mobility solutions.

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Enablers are versatile tools, technologies, and frameworks which are used as enablers or catalysts to build enterprise mobility solutions. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), cross-platform mobile app development tool, Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP), Sync platforms, Mobile test automation tools, Mobile Device Management (MDM)/ Mobile Application Management (MAM), Enterprise App Store (EAS), Push notification gateways, Purpose-built devices, Mobile data protection/service tools act as catalyst to build enterprise mobility solutions.

In our next blog, in the same series “Enterprise Mobility,” we will introduce enterprise systems and several units present in it.