Kony CTO forecasts how HTML5 and the “bring your own device” trend will impact mobile deployments in 2012.
Kony Solutions, a mobile platform provider, has released its list of key mobile market developments for 2012 from Chief Technology Officer Sriram Ramanathan. Working with the nation's largest brands, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, 2wo of the three largest U.S. banks, and three of the top five U.S. airlines, Ramanathan has a street-level view of how IT organizations are deploying mobile technology.
Tapping into his experience developing both business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-employee (B2E) mobile applications, Ramanathan predicts that organizations adopting a “mobile first” mindset and taking advantage of HTML5 will be the ones to maintain their competitive advantage and succeed in today’s increasingly mobile-savvy market. Additionally, Ramanathan concurs with widespread 3rd party forecasts that Business-to-Employee deployments will take off this year as organizations make mobile a more strategic part of their IT infrastructure. Five key mobile market trends companies should prepare for now include:
1. The Rise of Mixed Mode Apps
Not all apps are created equal. To take advantage of the benefits of HTML5, along with the ever-expanding capabilities of mobile devices, organizations will rely on mixed mode apps that combine HTML5 features like enhanced animations and transitions, along with the performance-oriented abilities of native apps to achieve the best individual user experience across phones, tablets, kiosks and desktops.
2. HTML5 Goes Mainstream, Pushes the Boundaries of Handset Capabilities
There are more than 9,000 mobile devices on the market and new devices are entering the market at a ferocious pace. ABI Research projects that 44 billion apps will be downloaded by 2016--it’s clear consumers are expecting to have a high-quality and feature-rich app for just about everything. Even though HTML5 isn’t expected to be ratified until 2017, support for this evolving standard is on everyone’s roadmap, and developers and IT departments are hustling to incorporate this functionality to meet consumer demand.
4. The Mobile Workforce: How HTML5 And BYOD Come Together
In the age of the mobile workforce, today’s employees bring their own devices to work and expect more than a cookie-cutter enterprise application. Organizations will be hard-pressed to find an executive who does not expect feature-rich data, location awareness, and visualization tools when surveying company analytics on-the-go via their mobile devices. And as more organizations implement B2E mobile solutions, we will increasingly see HTML5 as a key enabler of these offerings.
5. The Enterprise Is Evolving: Organizations Restructure To Adapt
As BYOD evolves, organizations will restructure the roles of IT departments. This change will manifest itself in the role of a Mobile CIO and the build-out of new Mobile Centers of Excellence, charged with assigning application policies, regulating internal practices and ensuring solutions are optimized to take full advantage of the mobile channel. No longer will teams look first to the Web Development department – instead, expect mobile to lead the charge on business strategy.
“HTML5 functionality is exploding, revolutionizing consumer expectations of mobile apps, and at the same time, BYOD is compelling IT organizations to adapt quickly,” said Sriram Ramanathan, CTO of Kony. “We’ve heard of ‘consumerization of IT’ but what we’re really working with is the mobilization of the entire workforce, from sales to HR to C-level executives. I predict that organizations in 2012 will feel greater pressure to develop engaging mobile enterprise apps with the agility and adaptability to meet current demand and prepare for future advancements.”
Ramanathan has more than 20 years of experience at leading companies in telecommunications, wireless and mobile technology. Most recently Ramanathan was an IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Master Inventor, and CTO of wireless, mobile and communications for IBM Global Business Services. Ramanathan has filed for more than 85 patents in the mobile, wireless, digital media and smart grid domains.