Modernizing your mobile strategy for BYOD
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This blog post is contributed by Gregg Smith, a member of the IBM Global Technology Services Workplace Architecture team within the IBM Mobility Center of Competency.
If your organization finds itself stuck with an enterprise mobility strategy that hasn’t kept up with the times or doesn’t embrace the idea of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), all is not lost. With just a few steps, your organization can align their strategy against the ever-changing mobility needs of the modern enterprise.
Step 1: Document your current environmentThe good news is that you may have already documented your current environment. It’s an important step in developing your strategy because you are going to want to compare what you have today to the potential alternatives that you are going to lay out in the next step. Including your current environment in the comparison is important because you may discover that the strategy you have in place today suits your organization just fine. If you are looking for some tools that can be used to help you document your current environment, IBM has a self assessment tool that help you identify where you are today.
Step 2: Define your requirements
Start by developing a set must-haves and nice-to-haves. Be sure to solicit the input of not only your C-suite but also representatives from your business and user communities. Ensure that not only technical requirements get documented. Non-functional requirements like install-by dates and meeting financial objectives are more than acceptable and should be included in your approach.
Once you have gathered all of the must-haves and nice-to-haves get all your stakeholders back together to agree on them and then take the important step: vote. Of course each of your different stakeholders is going to have their own set of opinions of what is important to the organization. Give each of your stakeholders a few votes and let them put their votes toward the nice-to-haves that are most important to them. Once your voting is done you are then left with a list of must-haves and a prioritized list of nice-to-haves that your whole organization can stand behind.
Step 3: Set and score your strategy options
There is probably a short list of less than a dozen strategy options that your company has put on the table for the directions they can go with their mobility strategy. Document each of those options now and begin the process of comparing them to your list of must-haves and nice-to-haves.
When doing the scoring, remember that if one of the strategy options that you have laid out does not meet all of the must-have criteria then that option needs to be ruled out. For example, if one of your requirements is that the strategy must be in place within two months due to an upcoming corporate merger, any of the options that would take more than two months to implement shouldn’t be considered.
To score your nice-to-haves, begin by evaluating each strategy option against each nice-to-have. Example: if option 2 does a superior job of fulfilling a nice-to-haves on wireless networking you can score it a five, but maybe another option just does an okay job, so maybe it would get a three. The final step in scoring is to factor the weight/number of votes each nice-to-have received against how that nice-to-have was scored as performing against the option. The result is a net score for each of your options, with the option that received the highest score being the one that scored best against your nice-to-haves. If the process of doing decision modeling like we explained here seems confusing to you, maybe this sample showing how to use this process to buy a new car will give you a different perspective.
Step 4: Compare the variances and map out your plan
All that is left for your organization to be on their path to a new mobility strategy is to analyze the differences between where you are today and where the decision model from step 3 directed you to go. You can generate a map of the path you are going to take by documenting the high-level activities that you need to complete along the way. As you eventually add more detail into your map, project plans and detailed maps will emerge.
If this process sounds compelling but your organization doesn’t have the time or energy to execute this right now, IBM can help. IBM MobileFirst Mobile Infrastructure Strategy and Planning can accelerate the deployment of a modern mobile strategy for BYOD or next generation devices.
Gregg Smith is a member of the IBM Global Technology Services Workplace Architecture team within the IBM Mobility Center of Competency. He is also an IBM Redbooks thought leader. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @greggasmith.