Mobility well strategized and implemented has enormous potential to transform the Digital Enterprise. It is common to find even large organisations in the utilities and Telco sectors without a clear strategy or with a piece-meal approach limited by annual budget cycles or pure technology drivers.
This paper draws on 35 years of Enterprise Mobility experience that started in 1982 writing least-squares adjustment programs in Assembler for a ‘Electronic Field Book’. It had a Sinclair Z80 processor, a LCD display with 2 lines of 40 characters each, 88KB memory and no map display. It was shock resistant and water-proof.
In 1996 we built “ITworx” designed to run on Win3.1 with 8Mb of memory. It was pen aware, had a seamless map base and scale dependent display, a Street Gazetteer, it would read and write CAD files, had an MS-Access data store, interfaces to Smallworld GIS, Intergraph, MapInfo and SAP R/3 Batch Input (equipment, functional location, notification, work order) – we sold it exactly once as it was technology- and not business-driven, and far too advanced to ignite the imagination of business decision makers.
Fast forward to today (2017) where at least 78% of CISCO surveyed Enterprises agree that “Mobility Is a Strategic Imperative for Our Organization’s Success” while the number of handheld or personal mobile-ready devices now exceeds the world’s population with an additional 2 billion machine-to-machine connections (IoT) – such as GPS systems in cars – in operation.
Based on 22 years of SAP/GIS/CIS/DMS/OMS Enterprise Integration experience in global utilities and Telcos this paper presents a 100% biased view of what is important in Enterprise Mobility – using LatLonGO® an Award-winning SAP Certified ERP Mobility Solution as exemplar for typical utility use cases, as well as its Telco specific companion product cableScout Mobile for a different set of use cases.
Over the following weeks we will publish the following articles:
In Order of Importance:
- Business Outcomes over Technology Drivers – Chicken & Egg
- User Interface – Simplicity by Design
- Offline capability – the IoT you have, when you haven’t got an IoT
- Any to any – do not limit yourself or your Enterprise
- Hardware considerations – they do not matter (anymore)
If you cannot wait, you can download the entire paper from here .