#CIOChat

Mobile-first mentality driving SMB mobile computing business processes

Mobile computing capabilities are becoming more impressive with software updates -- and the effects on business processes are felt strongly in smaller organizations. In SearchCIO-Midmarket.com's

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first mobility-themed tweet jam Wednesday, April 10, we asked our editors, news writers, readers and IT experts to weigh in on this mobile-first revolution under the Twitter hashtag, #CIOChat. Our first recap from this mobile app tweet jam revealed the cost-saving appeal of application development outsourcing and the need for app security within businesses of any size. With these topics out of the way, we asked our editors and followers:

When employees start to adopt mobile technologies as their primary computing devices, what is the effect of a mobile-first mentality on SMB business processes? One tweet jam participant had this to say:

Today's mobile phones and tablets have the technological capabilities of your average PC or laptop computer. In addition to basic computing tasks, mobile computing devices make calls, edit video, play music, share photos, talk back to you, act as personal shoppers and provide hours of gaming entertainment with the addition of mobile apps. With all this power in the palm of your hand, is there a need for PCs?

Tweet jam participants might not be ready to fully commit to mobile computing in the business setting, but what should IT teams focus on when it comes to application development: mobile first or mobile only?

Seems the general consensus when it comes to mobile computing development is that while mobile only is not realistic for businesses at this point in time, mobile first could emerge as a likely business process priority. All this talk inspired SearchCIO-Midmarket.com managing editor Rachel Lebeaux to ask:

Financial planning institutions and Amish bakeries might be in the horse-and-buggy phase of mobile computing affecting business processes, but that hasn't slowed other organizations in adopting this rapidly evolving technology trend. Mobile computers allow individuals to carry a great deal of the information they need for their work or personal lives with them at all times in their pockets and purses. But we had to wonder: Are there downsides to this level of access?

You heard it from our tweet jammers: Mobile computing's benefits generally outweigh the aggravations associated with the way in which mobility alters business processes. Do you agree with the ideas presented in our Twitter conversation? Are your business processes changing as a result of mobile computing? Take our poll and sound off in the comment section below. 

Read more about what SearchCIO-Midmarket tweet jam participants had to say about mobile computing by searching for the full conversation under the #CIOChat hashtag on Twitter. Follow @CIOMidmarket on Twitter to be notified about upcoming tweet jam conversations.

This was first published in April 2013

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