Moving a mobility project from a purely tactical deployment to a strategic one is a big challenge faced by today’s IT project managers. Tactics are one thing, but translating these into an actionable Mobile IT strategy that achieves the project goals is another.
So where are your peers going wrong, and how can you avoid making the same mistakes?
Why do many organisations struggle?
In our experience, a common mistake is placing too much focus on the product. It is easy to perceive the product as the sole focus of your project, especially when you are tasked with managing its installation, configuration, and ongoing administration.
But it is the policies surrounding the use of the product, and the people the product enables, that will make it a secure and successful vehicle for business transformation. Why? Because if you don’t get the buy-in and acceptance from the end users, however good the technology is, the project will stall and sometimes even fail.
...it is the policies surrounding the use of the product, and the people the product enables, that will make it a secure and successful vehicle for business transformation
We always advise our customers to not just think about the products (although these are an essential component) but also the processes, policies, and people that need to be considered along the mobility journey.
How to move a mobility project from a purely tactical deployment to a strategic one
Our advice, having developed over 200 secure mobility projects to date, is:
- Identify where you are in your project right now. It's almost inevitable that organisations at some point enter the quagmire stage, which risks stalling the project. Acknowledge and address the unvoiced expectations of the business.
- Agree and document your mobility strategy involving all lines of business. This will give your organisation a greater understanding of the shared and agreed plans, goals and outcomes.
- Understand the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of your mobility project. Organisations can often focus on the acquisition cost of devices. What musn’t be overlooked is the ongoing operational and personnel costs of devices throughout their operational lifetime.
Recognise this Mobile IT challenge? Join the conversation
If you are considering (or re-considering) a Mobile IT project and you’d like to discuss your challenges, hear how your peers are overcoming them, and network with a like-minded group of IT professionals managing mobility projects, then you should attend our next free Mobile IT User Forum event in London.
Join us for interactive discussions, customer use cases, and vendor roadmaps. We’ll speak about the products, policies, processes, and people core to executing a mobile IT project efficiently and successfully.
The next event is in March. We’d love to see you there and help you move your Mobile IT project from tactical to strategic.
Register now and take your Mobile IT project to the next level!