• June 30, 2022

The synergy of cloud and mobile computing

​About 25 years ago two technologies came together to launch a revolution in computing. I am talking of graphical user interfaces and object oriented programming. Both had been around quite a bit longer, but as OO technology was introduced into GUI programming, the complexity of GUI programming was reduced dramatically allowing for the evolution of rich user interfaces at ever lower cost of their development. This was a major contributor to making what is now known as personal computing accessible to non computer specialists.

It appears that we are seeing another such turning point in the emergence of the combination of cloud computing and mobile computing. Cloud computing allows for commodity style access to functionality both for business and private purposes at almost negligible cost to the end user. At the same time mobile devices give us accessibility to these services in our daily lives that wasn’t possible before when we had to sit down at a desk with a computer. So low cost enables provision of entirely new services and mobility provides the ubiquitous access to allow us to make use of these new services.

Examples abound:

  • Mobile phones provide street navigation to the point of threatening the viability of dedicated GPS navigation systems.
  • In Africa people, who a few years ago couldn’t have a bank account because there were no banks where they lived, now do banking via the mobile phone.
  • More news are consumed via mobile devices than by news papers.
  • At Rocket, we are already having several initiatives where cloud and mobile solutions come together.

This is Gartner’s commentary on the evolution of Cloud Computing:

Cloud/client computing models are shifting. In the cloud/client architecture, the client is a rich application running on an Internet-connected device, and the server is a set of application services hosted in an increasingly elastically scalable cloud computing platform. The cloud is the control point and system or record and applications can span multiple client devices. The client environment may be a native application or browser-based; the increasing power of the browser is available to many client devices, mobile and desktop alike. Robust capabilities in many mobile devices, the increased demand on networks, the cost of networks and the need to manage bandwidth use creates incentives, in some cases, to minimize the cloud application computing and storage footprint, and to exploit the intelligence and storage of the client device. However, the increasingly complex demands of mobile users will drive apps to demand increasing amounts of server-side computing and storage capacity.

Mobility is about catering to the needs of the individual within the enterprise. 

Mobility can address several situations:

  • support workers who do not work at desks, but on the move
  • support access to work on demand, e.g. in response to emergencies, or for 24/7 support
  • support changes in work patterns, where individuals do not work regular 8 hour 9 to 5 jobs but instead work flexibly by logging in whenever they are available

The enterprise has an interest in supporting this flexibility but needs frameworks to manage that. This is where cloud computing provides the supporting infrastructure and services through their constant availability and ability to deal with varying demand.

Moving services into the cloud is becoming a relatively straightforward step – but we need to look at this step as a precursor to carve out key functions and moving them onto mobile platforms, where users can access our products when they are not necessarily at their desks but out of their offices. This can be achieved by looking at how customers are using our products and identifying where they may benefit from functions being available in mobile circumstances.

Here are some examples:

  • Rocket Aldon provides access to key functions managing deployments using mobile devices. Deployments are often done out of work hours, i.e. at night or on weekends. This solution means the burden on deployment managers can be eased as they can spend more time at home during an off-hour deployment without losing touch with what is going on.
  • Mobile devices raise the issue of users wanting to have documents available not only on their desktops/laptops but also on the mobile devices. In the past many have gone to cloud services such as DropBox. This raises serious security concerns for the enterprise. Rocket R/Link is a promising direction addressing this issue.

Take Away

If you are wondering what opportunities we have in our product range, consider a few questions:

  • How are our customers using the products?
  • Are users constrained by having to interact with the product in a non-mobile enabled way?
  • Which business functions are candidates for mobilisation?
  • If key functions were made mobile accessible how could that change the way users would work?
  • Apply these same questions to the non-Rocket tools and products that our customers use and look to where we can user our products to enable mobilisation.

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Stephan Meyn 0 Posts

Stephan is a Professional Services Consultant for the Legasuite range. HE enjoys being a polyglot and works with other technologies: cloud computing, text analytics, machine learning, and big data are all part of his activities at Rocket Software.

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