Welcome!

Microservices Expo Authors: Mehdi Daoudi, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Stackify Blog

Related Topics: Mobile IoT, Java IoT, Microservices Expo, Linux Containers, Agile Computing, @CloudExpo

Mobile IoT: Article

Understanding the Mobility Customer

Why business, user and IT requirements drive mobility

Ben Franklin often said that "by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Not preparing for who your actual enterprise mobility management (EMM) customer is may have dire consequences as mobile devices (both personal and corporate-issued) access more corporate data. Before you can solve the requirements for EMM you have to properly define who the enterprise mobility customer is.

It may seem obvious who the customer is, but the road to EMM success is littered with failed projects (and companies for that matter) that didn't properly define who the EMM customer is. The EMM customer is three parts of any organization...the business itself, the actual users of course and the IT department. Understanding that you have to address requirements for each part is important and cannot be understated. Focusing on only one or two parts of an organization will prove costly.

Why? Why focus on these three parts of the organization? Well, it's first important to understand their requirements.

Business
The business is looking for something far different from EMM than users and IT. The business needs to address compliance, privacy standards, data loss prevention, time-to-value, workforce productivity, employee satisfaction, reduce CAPEX/OPEX and choose a future proof-solution that will provide the best ROI at the lowest TCO among many other things. For example, a healthcare or government organization may need to address mandated security requirements and privacy standards based on their risk posture and/or tolerance. On the other hand a sales organization may look to improving workforce productivity and agility while securing corporate intellectual property. Every organization wants an EMM solution that enables them be agile, flexible and truly mobile. In addition, the need to address data loss prevention due to both sanctioned and unsanctioned bring-your-own device (BYOD) and bring-your-own apps (BYOA) has become paramount. Organizations are being bombarded with employees using consumer applications, especially content management solutions, to be more productive. And, even more importantly, organizations want to implement a solution that has long-term viability...a comprehensive solution that is delivered from a vendor with staying power.

Users
The user (often overlooked) has completely redefined the way IT services are delivered. If you think about IT, it was once assumed that everyone would work in an office, use a corporate-issued PC and be attached to a wired network. The reality is that today's users are mobile, wireless, using cloud services, personal devices and mobile-apps. Users want device choice, and many now prefer to use iOS and Android devices. In some cases users possess many different types of devices depending on what they're trying to address while mobile both inside and outside of the office. I myself carry a HP Windows 7 laptop, Samsung Windows 8.1 tablet, Apple iPad, Samsung Note 10.1 tablet and Apple 5S iPhone. If I'm editing a Visio or Excel document, then I lean towards using my Windows devices. When I'm traveling both inside and outside the office, I grab my Apple iPad or my Samsung Note depending on specific tasks. And last but not least I am always using my phone at various times of the day to accomplish both personal and work-related tasks. This makes productivity apps that provide a native device experience essential. Most users want to use apps that mimic the functionality and ease of use that consumer apps offer. And, more importantly they want to use their own device and get access to all their corporate apps and data. They don't care if the app is Windows, web, SaaS, intranet or mobile... they want access and just expect it to work from any device. In a nutshell, users want performance, personalization and functionality.

IT
IT wants a solution that gives them complete control over corporate data with the ability to monitor and manage the data and the devices they're on with a simplified process. The solution has to be enterprise grade and address the broadest set of EMM use cases. It has to be flexible enough to address device management, app management, content management, mobile device support, mobile collaboration and even more. Solution that offer the ability to deploy on-premise, in a secure public cloud or both is key. Many IT departments are looking to address business continuity and disaster recovery concerns as many organizations have SLAs that require 100% uptime and access to corporate data. The next hurricane or snowstorm that comes along shouldn't automatically mean a loss in workforce productivity. Complex, multi-product solutions from multiple vendors with different SLAs can be a nightmare...as someone that began his career in IT, I can tell you there is nothing worse than having an outage and sitting on a call with multiple vendors and everyone is pointing fingers at each other...you just want "one throat to choke" and your issue resolved.

What next?
If you're looking to implement an EMM solution, it's important to do your due diligence. Implementing an EMM solution is both a team effort and a contact sport. It is important you get real engagement from key stakeholders and, of course, even ask the employees themselves. Reach out to non-typical stakeholders such as Legal, HR and even lines-of-businesses such as Sales as these stakeholders may have more influence over a possible EMM program than you think. After you put together your key stakeholders, it's important to remember the main issues that will affect your stakeholders' decision making process, and that includes, but is not limited to, strategy, funding and in-house skills. This is where it's important that you help them to rationalize and align key business drivers with those issues. One thing for certain is that "one size doesn't fit all".

Just remember, "by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

More Stories By Christopher Campbell

Christopher Campbell is a leading expert in social media branding and marketing. He is a senior marketing manager for a multi-billion dollar technology company and a social media marketing advisor and consultant for SMB to mid-market organizations when he’s not doing pro-bono work for nonprofits. Christopher’s focus includes program development for driving customer enablement, awareness, engagement, thought leadership and conversion. He holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Miami and a Project Management Certification from Cornell University.

@MicroservicesExpo Stories
We have already established the importance of APIs in today’s digital world (read about it here). With APIs playing such an important role in keeping us connected, it’s necessary to maintain the API’s performance as well as availability. There are multiple aspects to consider when monitoring APIs, from integration to performance issues, therefore a general monitoring strategy that only accounts for up-time is not ideal.
Enterprise architects are increasingly adopting multi-cloud strategies as they seek to utilize existing data center assets, leverage the advantages of cloud computing and avoid cloud vendor lock-in. This requires a globally aware traffic management strategy that can monitor infrastructure health across data centers and end-user experience globally, while responding to control changes and system specification at the speed of today’s DevOps teams. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Gray, Chie...
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Mike Johnston, an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io, discussed how to use Kubernetes to set up a SaaS infrastructure for your business. Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace. H...
All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the work...
When you focus on a journey from up-close, you look at your own technical and cultural history and how you changed it for the benefit of the customer. This was our starting point: too many integration issues, 13 SWP days and very long cycles. It was evident that in this fast-paced industry we could no longer afford this reality. We needed something that would take us beyond reducing the development lifecycles, CI and Agile methodologies. We made a fundamental difference, even changed our culture...
As many know, the first generation of Cloud Management Platform (CMP) solutions were designed for managing virtual infrastructure (IaaS) and traditional applications. But that’s no longer enough to satisfy evolving and complex business requirements. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, Embotics CTO, will explore how next-generation CMPs ensure organizations can manage cloud-native and microservice-based application architectures, while also facilitating agile DevOps methodology. He wi...
Docker is sweeping across startups and enterprises alike, changing the way we build and ship applications. It's the most prominent and widely known software container platform, and it's particularly useful for eliminating common challenges when collaborating on code (like the "it works on my machine" phenomenon that most devs know all too well). With Docker, you can run and manage apps side-by-side - in isolated containers - resulting in better compute density. It's something that many developer...
Most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes a lot of work to become a reality. Even when you do get your application componentized enough and packaged properly, there are still challenges for DevOps teams to making the shift to continuous delivery and achieving that reduction in cost ...
These days, change is the only constant. In order to adapt and thrive in an ever-advancing and sometimes chaotic workforce, companies must leverage intelligent tools to streamline operations. While we're only at the dawn of machine intelligence, using a workflow manager will benefit your company in both the short and long term. Think: reduced errors, improved efficiency and more empowered employees-and that's just the start. Here are five other reasons workflow automation is leading a revolution...
As today's digital disruptions bounce and smash their way through conventional technologies and conventional wisdom alike, predicting their path is a multifaceted challenge. So many areas of technology advance on Moore's Law-like exponential curves that divining the future is fraught with danger. Such is the problem with artificial intelligence (AI), and its related concepts, including cognitive computing, machine learning, and deep learning.
We have Continuous Integration and we have Continuous Deployment, but what’s continuous across all of what we do is people. Even when tasks are automated, someone wrote the automation. So, Jayne Groll evangelizes about Continuous Everyone. Jayne is the CEO of the DevOps Institute and the author of Agile Service Management Guide. She talked about Continuous Everyone at the 2016 All Day DevOps conference. She describes it as "about people, culture, and collaboration mapped into your value streams....
There are several reasons why businesses migrate their operations to the cloud. Scalability and price are among the most important factors determining this transition. Unlike legacy systems, cloud based businesses can scale on demand. The database and applications in the cloud are not rendered simply from one server located in your headquarters, but is instead distributed across several servers across the world. Such CDNs also bring about greater control in times of uncertainty. A database hack ...
“Why didn’t testing catch this” must become “How did this make it to testing?” Traditional quality teams are the crutch and excuse keeping organizations from making the necessary investment in people, process, and technology to accelerate test automation. Just like societies that did not build waterways because the labor to keep carrying the water was so cheap, we have created disincentives to automate. In her session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Anne Hungate, President of Daring System...
API Security is complex! Vendors like Forum Systems, IBM, CA and Axway have invested almost 2 decades of engineering effort and significant capital in building API Security stacks to lockdown APIs. The API Security stack diagram shown below is a building block for rapidly locking down APIs. The four fundamental pillars of API Security - SSL, Identity, Content Validation and deployment architecture - are discussed in detail below.
Did you know that you can develop for mainframes in Java? Or that the testing and deployment can be automated across mobile to mainframe? In his session and demo at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Dana Boudreau, a Senior Director at CA Technologies, will discuss how increasingly teams are developing with agile methodologies, using modern development environments, and automating testing and deployments, mobile to mainframe.
As DevOps methodologies expand their reach across the enterprise, organizations face the daunting challenge of adapting related cloud strategies to ensure optimal alignment, from managing complexity to ensuring proper governance. How can culture, automation, legacy apps and even budget be reexamined to enable this ongoing shift within the modern software factory?
While some vendors scramble to create and sell you a fancy solution for monitoring your spanking new Amazon Lambdas, hear how you can do it on the cheap using just built-in Java APIs yourself. By exploiting a little-known fact that Lambdas aren’t exactly single-threaded, you can effectively identify hot spots in your serverless code. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Dave Martin, Product owner at CA Technologies, will give a live demonstration and code walkthrough, showing how ...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is ...
We define Hybrid IT as a management approach in which organizations create a workload-centric and value-driven integrated technology stack that may include legacy infrastructure, web-scale architectures, private cloud implementations along with public cloud platforms ranging from Infrastructure-as-a-Service to Software-as-a-Service.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, CTO of Embotics, discussed how automation can provide the dynamic management required to cost-effectively deliver microservices and container solutions at scale. He also discussed how flexible automation is the key to effectively bridging and seamlessly coordinating both IT and developer needs for component orchestration across disparate clouds – an increasingly important requirement at today’s multi-cloud enterprise.