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Mobile Challenges for Enterprise Application Delivery

98% of employees access business applications from their mobile device outside the office. Many enterprises were caught off guard by the rapid adoption of mobile. In less than a decade, organizations have moved from locked down BlackBerry devices to the chaotic BYOD free-for-all of today. With this trend, three big enterprise challenges surrounding mobile have emerged: complexity, connectivity, and speed.

Consumers access content from over 11 thousand different devices per day--a number that is set to increase in the coming years. Further compounding this device diversity challenge are the sheer number of mobile browsers available. While there are the "big four" browsers (Chrome, Mobile Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer), there are over 10 browsers that users could access your content from, each with their own version and feature set. When considering the number of browser types multiplied by countless browser versions, the number of options an enterprise needs to consider for mobile application delivery is staggering. Taken as a whole, end-user device fragmentation makes it extremely difficult for enterprises to ensure that applications are delivered, loaded, and rendered consistently across the ever-growing, and increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem.


Another hurdle for enterprise application delivery on mobile is the cellular network itself; mobile networks were simply not designed for performance. As a result, last mile connections suffer from high latency and packet loss which can result in a poor end-user experience.


Due to a lack of parity with landline connections, mobile connections are four times slower than a standard desktop landline. In terms of raw speed, this means that roughly half of mobile users report speeds of less than 4 Mbps. This dramatic lack of cellular network speed can decrease employee productivity and increase consumer frustrations. Additionally, connection speeds vary country to country, so delivering consistent user experiences to a global workforce is a difficult task.


One option for enterprises looking to deliver their applications is a cloud-based application delivery platform, offered by providers like Akamai. Akamai can help deliver enterprise applications faster and more reliably. Akamai offers the largest distributed network with 160,000+ servers embedded in over 1,200 networks in 95 countries around the world.

Content optimization, like dynamic image resizing, is another solution. Dynamic image resizing automatically adjusts the resolution of an image to best match a user's unique situation. For example when a user connects to a slow 3G network on their mobile device, the delivered image will be lower resolution and upscale based upon network connections. On the other hand, desktop users with a landline connection will receive high resolution imagery. In each environment, the customer receives the best quality experience for their connection and device.

In short, mobile is here for the long haul and these solutions can help provide the best possible user experience for your your employees and customers.


For more information on the latest challenges for mobile in the enterprise, check out Akamai's Enterprise in a Mobile World infographic to get up to speed.

To see Akamai's solutions for enterprise application delivery in action, please visit us at Interop 2015.