Apps, Mobility & the Enterprise: could be over early

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I returned to Barcelona in early March. The planed highlight of this trip was dinner at Casa Calvet. By chance, I attended the Barcelona vs. Bayer Leverkusen football/soccer match where Messi scored, and seemingly routinely, five goals in Barce’s 7-1 victory in the Championship Series.

Just prior to this trip to what has become one of my three or four favorite cities, I met with eight IT executives to discuss the adoption of mobile apps within their enterprises. Even though nearly each of the roundtable participants used some type of Apple device, either iPad or iPhone, few could imagine the widespread value of apps within their businesses.

All but one CIO declared that Android devices would not be allowed within their networks due to their vulnerability if not this operating system’s predisposition to malware of many sorts.

Apps to busy, over-extended, frequently diminished CIO are access points to back-end systems. They are rightly concerned about security and inaccurate about the nature and value of apps. Apps are about simplicity and should offer access to specific information immediately. Apps are not mini web sites nor just another access point for connecting to complex data bases. I think that our day-long discussion made progress on these points, yet I am not sure that the average enterprise will be able to move fast enough to keep within sight of where the market and the consumers of those one billion downloads from iTunes are going. Sort of like guarding Messi.

Casa Calvet was an industrial design of Gaudi and functioned as a textile factory including the management offices pictured here.