Introducing 2Go™ from iNovar, an unusual kind of startup with an exciting solution.
An “unusual kind of startup” because we have done this once before with an earlier solution, addressing a similar market. The original product was rated “#1 in the world” by Gartner in 2012 (before solutions from IBM, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and others) and we were recognized as a “Cool Vendor” in the same year.
With that success in mind, we created an Enterprise Applications Mobility Layer (EnAML) – one that would be even better, even cooler than the original product. Over the past two years, the team have tested, listened to feedback, re-engineered, won awards and received mentoring advice from industry giants – all invaluable in the creation of the current 2Go™ Version 4.
At iNovar, we developed the 2Go™ solution as a response to a problem employers faced while trying to make full use of their BYOD or (bring your own device) strategies. They were looking to gain full working access to many of their important and critical enterprise applications which were key to their organizations such as ERP, CRM, HCM, BI – to name just a few.
This problem still exists today. In a recent study done in the US, they surveyed approximately 2000 companies and found that 85% of those companies had policies in place to enable BYOD. In this same study they then asked the users what they were using their mobile devices for. The response was alarming. Only 25% of the users said that they had even basic access to any of their enterprise applications, outside of email.
We could conclude that the users simply don’t want to have access to these systems on their mobile devices and therefore the large disparity. However, on the contrary, from this study, it was learned that the #1 requested feature by users was for mobile access to their enterprise systems.
With this glaring problem staring everyone in the face, surely this has already been solved? Surely, the large enterprise vendors have already addressed this?
The quick answer is that they haven’t. Although the claim is that they have been working on this for years, the facts show that the users are still left without a comprehensive solution.
So why hasn’t this problem already been solved?
Because it is complex, and in order to solve the problem we need both the experience and background to see all the facets of why others have been unsuccessful in solving it. There are three main challenges:-
- The majority of enterprise systems use technologies that are simply not completely compatible with mobile devices. Flash, Flex, Silverlight, Java and native applications work great on the desktop but not with the devices we carry in our pockets. And whilst HTML5 versions of the applications bring some compatibility, they still lack parity to the systems the users are used to.
- The second challenge lies in knowing just how end users want to leverage and use their mobile devices with their enterprise systems. And then ensuring that the application on the device is developed with that in mind.
- The third and final challenge is that there are many parties in an organization that are affected by the implementation of a mobile solution and in order to be successful, all of their goals need to be considered and addressed in parallel so that a comprehensive solution can meet all their needs. Solving a problem for just one but ignoring the others leads to failure and low user adoption.
- IT want to be assured that the implementation will be quick and simple; yet comprehensive enough to meet the needs across multiple enterprise systems. They want to be able to leverage all of their current 3rd party software and solutions that have been customized for their business.
- Users want the deployment to be straight forward. Ideally one that leverages their existing workflow and current system knowledge. They want parity, in the functionality between what they are able to do on their mobile device and what they are able to accomplish on their desktop/laptop. They don’t want to maintain a mental catalog of features that work in one environment but that don’t work in the other.
- Developers don’t want to rebuild and then maintain duplicate systems. They want to continue to leverage their existing content such as reports and data visualizations regardless of whether they are compatible with mobile systems or not. And they certainly don’t want to build and manage duplicate systems just because of mobility.
- Security want to ensure that vital information is not at risk in the case of the lost or theft of the mobile device.
- Finance is looking for an enhanced return on investment from their existing systems while avoiding the costly proposition of redeveloping or duplicating them.
- Executives are looking for increased efficiency across the organization that can come from mobility but are concerned that it could bring disruption if not managed well.
In order to be successful in enterprise mobility you need experience in all of these areas. At iNovar we have the solution to all of the above challenges and have created a solution to the enterprise mobility challenge and it is called 2Go™.
We have already sold this to large organisations in a variety of countries and would be happy to show you how this could positively impact your organisation too.