Weekly Enterprise Mobility Wrap-Up: May 25-29
► 9 most important announcements at Google I/O 2015
Google I/O took place this past week. Although targeted at developers, there were many announcements that will be beneficial to both consumers and the enterprise. For the consumer, Android Pay and offline Google maps look promising, and the announcement that Google Photos will allow for unlimited storage was met with rousing applause from attendees. More on the business side, Google is looking to beef up security by offering Smart Lock passwords manager plus a secure communications channel targeted at the enterprise. Developers were also given a preview of Android M, the follow up OS to Android Lollipop. Ok, Google!
► Got A Mobile Strategy? You're Probably Doing It Wrong
In this terrific piece, Matt Asay takes the concept of a “mobile first” strategy and turns it on its head. Although many companies have made strides towards defining their mobile policy, the grim news is that rarely is it done thoroughly and with great consideration for end user experience. Oftentimes it’s not much beyond turning your website into a mobile version.
Basically you must first determine what you’d like the overall experience to be, then from there you can decide how mobile will help you reach that goal. This may mean not putting mobile first overall.
► 20 Expert Tips on Integrating Mobile and Cloud Strategies
Often a mobile strategy also entails a cloud strategy as well; they are symbiotic parts of a system that delivers meaningful content. The extensive list presented here could be considered the groundwork for defining a mobile strategy in general, and inevitably some factors like managing APIs, people, and data security are all touched on as part of it.
► 4 ways to keep enterprise content management systems relevant
Enterprise content management (ECM) systems aren’t going anywhere, but in the era of mobile devices they’ll undoubtedly need to be adapted somehow. Although this article doesn’t mention the rise in MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) as a method of accessing legacy data, it's interesting that in addition to what is normally stored, modern ECM systems should also contain contextual data like preferences and geo-location in order to make information more meaningful to people accessing it from mobile devices.
► Can 'mobile backend as a service' lift the burden of complexity, security, and deployment?