Translating enterprise apps to mobile: Three companies’ journeys – Computerworld

Terrific article in Computerworld about what three companies learned in moving to mobile. A few of the lessons resonated with what FotoNotes is hearing from its customers:

Although the primary goal is to make it easier for agents and customers to do business with Chubb rather than its competitors, Ribiero says there’s a secondary issue, too. “Insurance … isn’t really sexy,” he explains. “Throwing mobile at it makes it a little more fun for the employees and those working on the systems.”

These days, mobile’s about porting paper-intensive, sales-oriented and time-sensitive processes to tablets and smartphones. Sometimes a company even develops a mobile app for a business process that hasn’t had a mobile precursor or hasn’t ever been done before, in any format, notes Ian Finley, vice president of research at Gartner.

By 2015, Gartner is projecting, IT organizations will need to reallocate resources as mobile application development projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4-to-1.

Interesting that the article didn’t talk about the benefits of mobile when married with the cloud, particularly when front-end mobile systems are fully integrated with back-end legacy systems seamlessly through standard-based APIs. If you want to know about how that works, please email us — we’re happy to show you.

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Translating enterprise apps to mobile: Three companies’ journeys – Computerworld.