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Lessons Learned from Early Mobile Implementations - The Dos and Don'ts

by Antoine Cadot-Wood

November 3, 2011

Day 1 at the SAPinsider mobility seminar also included a great session session delivered by Adolf Allesch entitled "Making a Compelling Case for Mobility." Or, as I would have titled it, "How to Sell Mobility to Your Boss and Colleagues and Deliver on Everything You Promised." Adolf ended an incredibly informative session with a list of lessons from early adopters: the dos and the don'ts. Some of dos included:

- Hold a contest to identify new app opportunities
- Have a Mobile Center of Excellence, with a sponsor
- Use a visual modelling tool (Adolf demo'd iRise, which is very cool, but there are many others)
- Confine BYOD to a narrow set of devices and base configurations
- Define a basket of mobile objects you can leverage
- Globalize your apps; scale helps drive ROI (for example, translate your apps into as many languages as your company uses)

The don'ts were an equally long list, and included some of the following:

- Picking the wrong user group for pilots or scaled rollouts
- Being the first to try new technologies or vendor platform (no need to let others learn about a bad product from your terrible experience)
- Selecting the wrong mobile device
- Planning a tight project plan with no learning curve
- Leaving security to the end
- Unknown policies and inability to govern them

Coming up in today's sessions: selecting mobile devices, mobilizing dashboards, and much, much more!

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