Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP by SAP Press

SAP Press has just published a new book titled Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP that I recommend reading.  It is the best I have read.  I had the honor of being asked to write the Forward for this book along with Sanjay Poonen, SAP President and Corporate Offier, Technology and Innovation Products.

Here is an excerpt:
Enterprise mobility is transformational.  It is not just about a particular mobile device, screen size, operating system or online application store.  It is a new way of conducting business that demands our attention.  Companies will succeed or fail based in large part on their ability to respond to this reality.

Within the pages of this book are detailed many of the most important enterprise mobility trends and technical requirements that are shaping our IT landscapes today.  Nearly all of us easily recognize and appreciate the value and utility of the smartphone and tablet in the consumer space.  Today, the great minds of business and enterprise IT have turned their attentions to contemplating the full range of benefits that mobile technologies can bring to their individual regions, markets, industries and operations. 

This book opens by describing two specific waves of enterprise mobility, extending and creating.  Extending our ERP and other IT investments out to mobile devices is one wave, and creating completely new business processes is another.  Extending our internal IT investments to mobile devices offers important incremental improvements that deliver efficiencies, productivity gains and improved customer interactions to name just a few, however, creating completely new processes that are only possible with mobile technology and real-time communication is the giant leap forward.

What can be done differently in your business if you have real-time visibility to the status and location of your workforce and all of your resources, assets, inventories, supplies, and customer needs?  How can you improve your business performance by using real-time data in the field to drive better and faster decision-making?  How can you beat your competition and improve your business performance by developing real-time unified views of your operation?  What is possible if you have complete situational awareness because you have implemented a network centric operational strategy that provides full visibility and maximizes your ability to make good and fast decisions from anywhere?  The answers to these questions will dictate your company’s future.

This book is the first of its kind.  It is the first book I have ever read that attempts and succeeds in covering the full breadth of the enterprise mobility landscape from mobile business trends to specific technical development strategies within the SAP ecosystem.  I would even go further and endorse this book as required reading for anyone, SAP user or not, that wants to understand the full scope of enterprise quality mobile solutions and how it is possible to transform your business with this knowledge.

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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.