Today’s era can be best described as the era for breakthrough in innovation and entrepreneurship and yet there are many entrepreneurs that still rely on desktop computers, old school business systems and paper-based processes. According to Forrester, many businesses will invest billions of dollars on digital transformation initiatives for this year.
While it is still too early to confirm the predictions of Forrester, a portion of digital transformation spending will go towards mobile enterprise app development and deployment. Employees who will make use of the mobile enterprise app will achieve improved agility with better alignment with their team and will become more customer-oriented and focused.
Mobile app workflows are not standalone apps because many of the enterprise mobile app platforms can provide highly advanced back-end services that can support complex workflows across multiple applications and data sources. The biggest driving factors for the implementation of enterprise mobile apps are to be able to transform how teams work, to enhance flexibility and to improve workflow and collaboration.
Employees usually have their own devices but when the device is integrated with data sources and apps, they will have the ability to smoothly transition from one workflow to another without any interruptions. Because of the cohesive movements, IT teams have to balance the need for agility with enhanced security.
IT teams must be able to determine the different scenarios where employees can be allowed to access the apps and data sources. The IT team can impose restrictive access according to location or mobile device that is not secure without the need to eliminate the app from use. This becomes a win-win situation for any stakeholder.
Since mobile apps will become smarter, they can be seamlessly integrated with existing data systems so that existing workflows can be improved and users will be able to make more informed decisions.
Simulation is very important when you want to change the workflow and you want to evaluate the changes before it is implemented. Workflow simulation to benefit your business can address long term strategic questions before the process goes into large scale operation. When done realistically, workflow simulation can help an organization in determining superfluous steps.