09 Nov Roadblocks to a “Mobile-First” Strategy

An agile mobile interface enables enterprises to improve access to information, increase efficiency, enhance employee productivity and lower operational cost (for details and statistics, download our infographic).  In fact, 82% of respondents in a recent Forrester research report agree that mobile is the face of digital transformation.

Despite the fact that enterprises look to mobile as an integral part of digital transformation, surprisingly many still treat it as a road map item rather than a priority.  Only a few organizations across industries have adopted a true “mobile-first” strategy.  According to a press release in June from Gartner, more than a quarter of enterprises globally have not “built, customized or virtualized any mobile apps in the last 12 months”.  Gartner’s study further found that enterprise spending on mobile app development has remained low, accounting for just 10% of overall application development budgets.

What then are the impediments to adopting mobile initiatives?  Before embarking on a transformative journey through mobility, three main roadblocks must be proactively addressed:

Legacy Systems

All organizations are burdened with legacy technology.  Yet digital transformation requires that businesses be unconstrained by IT decisions of the past and embrace change to stay competitive.  How then should companies balance the need to preserve existing enterprise assets with the impetus to move forward quickly?  A solid strategy is needed and financial resources must be allocated for the proper tools to help establish complex connections quickly and easily.

There are two main strategies to deal with legacy systems:  rip and replace or modernize.  Rip and replace is exactly what the name implies – replacing the old with a new one that is more functional and modern.  However, this is a costly and risky undertaking that organizations may not necessarily need.  Enterprises have also invested a bulk of time and money in customizing the old system which now has to be reduplicated, requiring additional staff and causing business disruptions.

Modernizing, on the other hand, is described by Gartner as an effort to “retain and extend the value of the legacy investment through migration to new platform”.  It is less cost prohibitive and offers benefits to both businesses and customers.  Rather than starting from scratch, modernization offers companies the option to use their existing infrastructure and build something new.  This results in an increase in productivity and a decrease in waste, allowing organizations to focus instead on meeting the user’s expectations and demands.

With decades of technical expertise, Kaonsoft understands the challenges of integrating older systems woven tightly into the fabric of business processes into new applications.  The Kaonsoft Enterprise Mobility Platform (KEMP™) is equipped with engines to help bridge the gap between the old and the new.  A myriad of adapters and connectors found in the modular structure of KEMP™ can readily extend into the enterprise IT construct and be utilized to address the diverse use case requirements.


Talent shortages and internal skills gaps have created a roadblock to transformation through mobile development and led to increasingly massive development backlogs.  In a 2016 worldwide survey of business and IT leaders, Gartner found that enterprises are balancing expanding backlogs against a desire to innovate with mobile.  Per OutSystems, 88% of leaders rate mobile functionality as a requirement or very important.  However, 37% face talent shortages and 76% have app development times of at least three months.

Ranked the second hardest technology job to fill by Indeed, sourcing in-house mobile developers with adequate knowledge of the multiple operating systems and spectrum of devices is an obstacle that is difficult to overlook.

Arming your team with the best tools and partnering with an organization with intimate familiarity of mobility will accelerate the process of transformation.  The Kaonsoft Enterprise Mobility Platform (KEMP™) was designed from the ground up with developers in mind.   The open-source, cross platform technologies such as HTML5 in a user-friendly environment ensure that continuous improvements are implemented without any proprietary constraints or artificial barriers.  Furthermore, Kaonsoft is a premier partner with Xamarin, a Microsoft company, forming a strategic alliance to maximize coding efficiency and shortening the deployment process for cross-platform apps.


Securing sensitive data has become significantly more challenging in recent years as threats of targeted attacks and data breaches have become more commonplace.  As cited in Symantec’s State of Mobility Survey, the estimated cost of a mobile break is around $429,000 for an enterprise and $126,000 for a small business.  As more and more devices connect to an organization’s internal network and especially for companies adopting BYOD programs, it is vital to safeguard sensitive, mission critical data with enhanced security layers.

Kaonsoft understands the importance of implementing appropriate mobile security measures and has expanded its integration partnership with mobile application and security management software vendor SyncDog.  Together with the fortification of the SyncDog Secure.Systems™ containerized application data at the device level, KEMP™ will enable organizations to rapidly build and deploy mobile solutions to stimulate enterprise growth while protecting the integrity of the company data.

Don’t lag behind and risk losing market shares to mobile-first disruptors.  Create new sources of value through a digital partnership with Kaonsoft.  We have been helping organizations across industries realize the power of mobility for a competitive advantage.  Take a look at some of our industry solutions here.