3 Essential Elements To Connect For Tomorrow’s Adaptive Enterprise


Can you teach an old dog new tricks? The familiar adage says you can’t, but I’m inclined to disagree. Just as I’ve seen an eleven year-old Labrador learn to rollover, I’ve watched IT departments emerge from decades of the same computing models to adopt new technologies.

These changes might not come easily, but they are necessary in today’s environment. In many companies, employees without IT-sanctioned mobile devices bring their personal smartphones and tablets to work anyway. More and more workers – particularly younger hires that have grown up with powerful devices in hand – also demand access to mobile applications to help them perform tasks more efficiently.

For IT departments that want to remain relevant in the coming years, the time to embrace mobilization and virtualization is now. The coming together of powerful mobile computing end-points, fast internet-standard wireless networks and the availability of cloud-based infrastructure platforms and software has created an incredible opportunity for business to re-engineer their operations.

The re-engineering is around real-time principles which allow companies to reduce the time from intent to action. Depending on their specific needs, companies can go about developing the framework for a mobile and virtual business in a variety of ways. However, to truly create a real-time, adaptive enterprise, all three core elements that comprise an enterprise must be connected.

  • People – Linking people through mobile devices, applications and cloud computing leads to seamless collaboration, which in turn spurs productivity and innovation. Companies that enable employees to work on-the-go, with access to the tools they need through the mobile cloud, can truly optimize their communication.
  • Processes – To operate smarter and faster, businesses need to automate their processes with applications. They can improve and streamline workflows by bringing mobile apps into the cloud, allowing for large-scale deployments to their workforces and external suppliers, vendors and partners.
  • Assets – Already popular in certain industries, networking assets through machine-to-machine communications will play a significant role in building virtualized business. When all of a company’s physical assets – trucks, printers, shipping containers, product tags, air conditioning systems – are connected, it’s easy to keep track of inventories, perform remote management and monitor and optimize asset utilization.

Through linkages between people, process and assets, businesses can sense, analyze and respond to almost any situation in a shorter time period than ever before. The mobile cloud serves as a backbone for all of these applications – a flexible, scalable method for delivering data to everyone in the company’s value chain.

In my next post, I’ll talk about the management and policy frameworks that can allow companies to efficiently and securely support the move to a mobilized and virtualized operation.

What steps has your business taken to bring different aspects of your operations into the cloud? Please leave your suggestions and questions below. We look forward to hearing from you.
Abhi Ingle Big Data and Advanced Solutions Senior Vice President AT&T About Abhi