Henry Mintzberg, a Canadian academic specializing in business management, once said, “Strategy is a pattern in a stream of decisions.” When it comes to making business decisions, having a strategy ensures that you’re not taking random actions – you’ve got a goal in mind and a plan will bring you closer to it.
When it comes to implementing mobile technologies at your company, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Over the years, there are four distinct methods of deploying mobile solutions in the enterprise that have emerged: BYOD, CYOD, COPE, and CLEO.
Download this whitepaper to learn what BYOD, CYOD, COPE, and CLEO mean, what are the benefits and challenges with each approach, and what are the best practices that other Life Sciences companies employ with managing mobility.
Companies without a risk management strategy are vulnerable to disaster, where problems that were foreseeable deal a blow to profitability and even the organization’s existence. Proper risk management programs can help a company save time and money during internal and external audits. For companies regulated by governing bodies, risk management might be a required component of doing business by protecting things like public health records, financial statements, and consumer data.
In developing a risk management strategy, a company should follow a three-step process. The process kickoffs with working meetings that analyze business risks to discover the ones that pertain to the way the company does business. Once these risks have been identified, the company must try to quantify them by probability and extent of damage. Lastly, the company must develop a plan to manage and protect against each viable risk as well as developing a plan to mitigate consequences if the potential harm occurs.
A risk management initiative begins with an intensive look at a company because each organization is different. As important as risk management is to the success of the company, a program that is overly burdensome can negatively and needlessly hurt the bottom line. If a company is having trouble knowing what risks to focus on, they can reach out to professional consultants to guide them in the process. These consultants can help an organization create risk assessment groups of key stakeholders and business process owners.
Once these risk assessment groups have identified the specific risks to a company, they create a matrix of the probability of each risk combined with the impact on the business if the risk occurs. The higher the score, the more resources must be allocated to avoid and mitigate the risk. For example, risks that are likely to occur and would have extreme consequences if they did get the most attention. Conversely, low level risks that would inflict very little harm can be put on the back burner.
By assigning each risk to a business process owner, a company can assign responsibility to individuals, ensuring they get the attention they need. Without personal ownership, the risk can be forgotten and sneak up on a business. It is these business process owners who have the expertise needed to define an effective risk management strategy, ensuring that a mitigation plan remains relevant.
Getting through an ERP implementation successfully can be a definite challenge. Add mobile ERP to the mix and you are opening your team up to an entirely new set of challenges. But people want mobile and ERP to work together. Recent studies show that:
So what do you need to consider before your company takes its ERP solution mobile?
When you ask retailers how important unified commerce is to them, 85 percent say that it is their top priority. When you ask them how they plan to implement a unified commerce strategy the hemming and hawing starts. Business leaders understand that moving from siloed applications and datasets towards a unified platform across all of their channels is important, but they are having trouble selecting the right solution to tackle this challenge because they run into some common hurdles. Yet as with any hurdle, if you take the right approach they won’t impede your progress towards the finish line.
Depending upon whom you ask, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement is either amazing or awful. Employees will tell you it gives them unprecedented freedom to work how and where they work. IT professionals will complain that the proliferation of devices is not only difficult to manage, but they represent an enormous security risk. To reduce management headaches as well as the potential for threats, companies have begun to implement policies which allow employees to use mobile devices at work while giving their employers a measure of control over the situation. One such policy is COPE.