KICKSTART:

IT STRATEGY FOR MOBILE

Take the steps necessary to prepare IT for the mobile enterprise arena.

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The mobile enterprise poses significant new challenges for an organization not only in terms of standards and methodologies, but also in terms of skills, competencies, tools, IT processes, and change management. Our IT Strategy Kickstart first assesses your current readiness and maturity state to ascertain how IT should adapt to embrace these challenges.

Then we provide a prioritized, phased plan to close any existing gaps, along with a Mobile Roadmap to get you going. These guides ensure your IT team has the tools, processes, controls and talents to build and support a thriving mobile strategy moving forward.

OUR APPROACH

The IT Strategy Kickstart follows three key steps:
IT Strategy for Mobile Approach
1

Direction Setting

First, we develop a thorough understanding of your organization’s goals with mobile and review any previous or existing mobile-related initiatives. We document mobile use cases from key stakeholders before focusing our analysis on the relevant actors, data and mobility requirements, high-level functionality and security standards.

2

Assessment, Risk Analysis, and Standards

This step assesses your current IT maturity and identifies areas needing improvement. We conduct a comprehensive risk analysis of all proposed mobile use cases and review existing policies and procedures in support of the mobile infrastructure.

Maturity Assessment: Leveraging the Mobile Maturity Framework (Mobile Ranking and Mobile Report Card), this assessment provides a maturity ranking and identifies those areas requiring special attention.

Risk Analysis: For each use case brought forward by the business, we develop an understanding for the associated corporate data assets and the potential impact of a security compromise. Then we categorize the potential risks relevant to each use-case on a security scale ranging from “Untrusted” to “Restricted.” Based on this profile, we devise custom strategies to mitigate risk moving forward.

Mobile Standards: Mobile adoption policies, procedures, vendors and standards vary for each organization. Knowing the pros and cons of each approach can be overwhelming. To help you along, we lay out your best options every step of the way.

3

Roadmap and Next Steps

We conclude with the generation of actionable steps presented in an IT Strategy Roadmap. This Roadmap ranks tactics by weighing business value against readiness and cost and outlines phases in which the Mobile Roadmap should unfold.

It’s Actionable: Lastly, an Executive Readout summarizes our findings, recommendations, timelines and next steps. Our phased plan details recommended activities along with timeline, resources and costs to form a highly actionable strategy.

Not one size fits all!

Every step of this methodology has been carefully crafted and includes a well-defined set of exercises. We take into account our client’s unique needs and tailor this methodology to best accommodate each specific engagement.

WHAT YOU’LL GET

Upon completion of this Kickstart you’ll take away the following artifacts:

USE CASE VALUE AND RISK MATRIX

Through facilitated sessions across business teams, Propelics lays the foundation for your IT strategy in a Use Case and Risk Matrix. By prioritizing corporate business drivers and associating each mobile use case, the team quickly gains an understanding for the client’s business direction.

Further, this matrix enables us to build repeatable use case classifications—a critical element of any successful mobile strategy. Lastly, to ensure security, we perform a data loss analysis to measure the risks associated with each use case.

MOBILE MATURITY ASSESSMENT REPORT CARD

The Mobile Maturity Assessment Report Card enables the Propelics team to develop a solid understanding of IT’s current mobile capabilities and is instrumental to building a successful IT strategy. Propelics provides recommendations across 100+ IT mobile maturity areas, including app delivery, web services & integration, network & security, business & technical policy, MDM/MAM and end-user support.

Lastly, the assessment outcome is measured against our index of Fortune 100 IT maturity results. Your team receives a benchmark score and analysis instrumental to measuring your mobile readiness against companies of similar size and market.

POLICY CHARACTERISTICS FRAMEWORK

The Policy Characteristics Framework establishes a definition of standards and helps determine the IT security requirements, device capabilities and required functional areas necessary to enable the defined mobile use cases. These standards outline business and technical policies based on our risk classification, as well as provide end-user support models.

Typically, perspectives abound regarding what capabilities are available—from network security and human resources to legal and regulatory teams. Defining these standards and balancing the needs of these groups with the business creates a blueprint of repeatable solutions for IT, thus fixing the most common IT mobile-readiness issue: re-litigating each mobile use case for security and policy needs.

PRIORITIZED AND PHASED IT STRATEGY FOR MOBILE ROADMAP

The Propelics team creates a Prioritized and Phased Mobile Readiness Roadmap of the IT projects and tactics necessary to achieve success. Our IT Readiness Roadmap will help your team build an infrastructure for mobile—covering everything from app ideation, design and development to distribution, security and support.

Propelics categorizes projects as “immediate,” “short-to-long term” or “future endeavor” based on business use cases, IT mobile maturity, policy characteristics and standards creation processes. Similarly, each project and tactic is prioritized by its alignment to business needs, IT organization readiness, and cost, ensuring the end result is a realistic, obtainable and successful roadmap.

The Propelics team created 100% consensus by imparting a clear understanding of the core value of mobile and how it could deliver the most business value to the company. So selecting which activities would take priority was always a unanimous, cross-divisional decision.”

Sharon Moseley, CIO, Kinecta Federal Credit Union