In order to mobilize the enterprise, what apps and data need to be mobilized? Lets look at the classes of applications and data within an enterprise today:
- Web applications
- Windows client-server applications
- Documents repositories, e.g., CIFS, OpenText, iManage, and others
- Hybrid applications
- Native applications
Web applications are the most common kinds of applications inside an enterprise. Over the last decade the vast majority of applications in the enterprise have been web applications. These include packaged applications like SAP and many custom line of business applications. We estimate that nearly 70% of existing enterprise applications are web based.
Many of the most important line of business applications in an enterprise are Windows client-server applications. Estimates state that nearly 25% of existing enterprise applications are Windows client-server.
Even though cloud-based repositories, like Box and ShareFile, have attracted a lot of attention in the past few years, the overwhelming volume of enterprise data is stored in a network file share (CIFS), or OpenText, or iManage.
As IT starts writing new applications, they will have to choose between writing mobile web, or hybrid or native applications. A native application is an iOS or Android application. Because of the complexity and cost of writing native applications for each one of the operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows OS, and MacOS) Gartner has forecast that 95% of enterprise applications will be hybrid or mobile web. A hybrid applicaiton is written using HTML technologies.
A workspace exists to access to all these kinds of applications and data. That is the key to a mobile-first enterprise.