Enterprise apps – progress so far


Following my post yesterday, there’s been a fair bit of debate on LinkedIn, on other networks and in the funny old place we call the real world. A couple of reflections…

First off, there does seem to be a feeling amongst many that we are seeing the colliding of worlds at the moment – the consumerized world of smart devices crashing into (or even eating) the enterprise world of Big Systems. I’m spending a fair bit of time talking with people who see this as a broader trend of a new world of work, and that’s undoubtedly influencing my perspective. Are we on the cusp of a bigger change in organisations than just a shift of device platforms? Only time will tell…

The second is that where there are examples of new form devices being used to deliver new types of apps into organisations, they tend to be to access information, not to transact. I was talking only this afternoon with a chap from a major financial institution who told me of how his organisation was using apps to push out real-time management information. Mobility for this sort of application seems a no-brainer (and also might make information-based decision making more of a reality than the MIS platforms of old).

It’s also struck me the one of the big poster children for the use of tablets in organisations has been to replace not existing business systems, but the legacy of paper. Pilots using tablets to replace briefcases full of flight information. That’s a great thing – but maybe where the future of enterprise apps lies in the short term is in delivering tech into areas where it hasn’t been before…