3 Keys to a Successful Mobile Deployment

3keysThe latest issue of Field Technologies magazine is out and within it, Sarah Howland provides a concise overview of simple steps that can be taken to ensure a successful mobile deployment.

  1. Define Clear Goals for Your Mobile Solution – Rushing into technology selection before you have clearly defined objectives for the solution may save time on the front end, but ultimately will end in failure. Taking time to think through the current challenges of the existing process and what you are looking for in a new solution is critical. But stopping here is not enough. You could call it shoe shopping for a growing teen-age boy. Sure, it fits today – but give it a month. Too often companies invest in a technology solution that fits today’s process, but what will that process look like in 1 year, 5 years, 7 years? Is there other workflows that should be considered? Will a upfront investment in a new process actually enable your company to be more successful as a result? 
  2. Do Your Due Diligence in Technology Selection – It is understandable why some companies want to rush through the evaluation and selection process simply because the options can be so numerous, but you’ll be doing yourself a disservice. There are many wrong reasons to land on a specific technology solution (cheapest, most expensive, household name, never heard of them, etc) versus it being the best fit to clearly defined goals you have already defined (the right reason). Don’t rush this process. Stick to selecting the solution that best addresses the goals you’ve outlined.
  3. Don’t Ignore the Need for Change Management – Regardless if this is your first mobile solution, or upgrading from a current process, it is still a change. Anytime you are introducing change into the organization and asking your team to do a familiar process in a different way, you will need to manage this change. Without this oversight, even the best solution (see #1), will end up being a flop.
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