Strategy Requirements

By Regev Yativ  |  Posted 2010-05-14 Print this article Print


Strategy requirements

Mobile enterprise application strategies need to consider that differences in business processes may be needed to achieve the highest degree of integration, security and transactional integrity. Part of that strategy may involve cloud-based servers and even software as a service (SAAS)-style deployment and consumption of business applications.

Regardless of approach, provisioning of users is a key consideration in any mobile strategy. Is the chosen approach to provisioning sustainable? Do new users require human intervention? How are users validated? What rights do they inherit? Only by a process of detailed business analysis can an organization establish the right procedural and strategic approach.

Many procedures and data structures may simply be "artifacts" left behind by manual processes or past approaches to automation. If that's the case, then the organization needs to ask if this step in the process is really necessary. What business need, accounting requirement or regulatory provision makes this data or process necessary? How can the new possibilities brought about by mobile computing enhance the customer or user experience? What is possible now that was impossible before?

By their very nature, mobile business applications may be enhanced by relevant geospatial data. At the IT level, device location and usage can be tracked and recorded for asset management purposes on a continuous and transparent basis. In ordinary business transactions, the location of a data entry terminal is typically fixed. In mobile applications, the location of the device may be changing all the time, and its current location and proximity to other mobile devices or known fixed locations may be a relevant aspect of a business process.

In a business application involving asset management, for example, the GPS location of the device at the time of data entry may be highly relevant. Midday routing and dispatching adjustments can be enhanced when the location of other mobile devices are known. Existing business applications may have been designed without the proper data structure to track geospatial metadata. Integration requirements should be addressed at a strategic level so that they can also be resolved on a practical level.

Regev Yativ is President and Chief Executive Officer at Magic Software Enterprises (Americas). Regev is responsible for the company's business operations in the Americas (North America, Canada and Latin America). Prior to his appointment in January 2008, Regev served as senior vice president of international sales for Magic Software. In this position, Regev was responsible for Magic's offices and operations in Europe and Japan, and managed the distribution network team in charge of Asia Pacific, Latin America and South Africa. Prior to joining Magic Software, Regev was COO of Agro Marches International S.A Group in Paris, a company specializing in Oracle-based software and eBusiness platforms. There, Regev managed all of its branches worldwide. Regev was also the CEO of G.E.D B.V. (Kardan Group) in Amsterdam, an investments and business development group dealing in software and eBusiness solutions throughout Europe. He was also vice president of sales at the Nasdaq-traded Edusoft, specializing in educational software and Web-based eLearning and assessment platforms. Regev holds a B.A. from Israel's Tel Aviv University. He can be reached at

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