Through our ongoing Chapter Dinner and Presentations, the Atlanta Chapter of the AITP strives to provide fresh and informative educational experiences that can help our members make better informed decisions in their jobs. Last month, our speakers provided attendees with strategic level perspectives for two constantly evolving areas within the IT mobility space: application development and enterprise mobility deployment.
Our first speaker, Akshay Shrivastava, Director of Mobile and Connected Devices at Turner Broadcasting provided some building blocks of mobile strategy. He described methods for connecting mobile strategy with broader business strategies and choices for product development.
Shrivastava emphasized that, “on the continuum of cost of development and richness of user experience, you have more than two choices. You have multiple options to choose from and each has implications from a business standpoint”. He is a strong proponent of using HTML 5 to build cost effective cross platform web applications. “I think we are at a point now where in the next two to three years HTML 5 will be the de facto standard for mobile development. It is cost efficient, it is a standard, and I think will pick up a lot of steam in the next couple of years,” he said. “The key for businesses is that they have a strategy that accommodates both mobile web and app,” said Shrivastava. “The huge span of mobile screen sizes now means that responsive design is becoming a way to keep down costs of building for lots of different platforms, and delivering a single-minded user experiences across multiple devices/screens.”
Our second speaker, George Mashini of Cataval Inc. spoke about how to capture audiences within your own organization and put them to work in more efficient ways. His presentation focused on the challenges IT professionals will face in planning and implementing enterprise mobility. He shared his experiences and “the ups and downs of deploying a lot of mobile devices in a lot of hands”.
“We’ve seen mobile really be a driver for increasing productivity and achieving better customer service - better ability to answer questions,” said Mashini. He recommended using a process approach to ensure user adoption. “If users have to go from system to system, they are not likely to accept it, “he says. His presentation highlighted new ways of using cloud, SaaS, and multi-channeling to introduce mobility to existing systems. “The executing challenge is that the data for the business process is actually locked into different silos that have been built over the last 20 years,” he said. “The promise of the cloud is to build new apps that you don’t have to babysit,” said Mashini. “The key, “he said, “is that you can’t short cut security. MDM was your first layer. But as you open up the business process with ERP and CRM systems, you have to start thinking about your back end security and hacking.”