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MMMM #16: 5 Keys to Mobile Hardware Modernization Success

MMMM #16: 5 Keys to Mobile Hardware Modernization Success

Today, Justin outlines the 5 keys to mobile modernization success. In upcoming MMMMs, Justin will dig deeper into these points, so stay tuned!

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Video transcript:

Hey everybody. Today I'm going to kick off a short series called The Five Keys to Successful Hardware Modernization. What I'm specifically referring to is the large number of companies that have legacy mobile deployments, many of them on rugged mobile computers from commercial manufacturers who are finding themselves in need of modernizing that hardware. That's creating the need in many cases to also have to modernize the software side as well.

So, there are dozens or perhaps hundreds of variables that can lead to the success of a hardware refresh like this. But I think there are five that are critically important that we really need to be thinking about. And so for today, I'm going to go through that outline of those five key steps and then subsequently I'll come back with other videos that go into each of these five categories in a little bit more detail.

The first important key to success is replacing the existing functionality first. There's a tendency when we're looking at a new solution design to encapsulate a lot of new capabilities into the first solution. My recommendation is focused first on replacing the existing functionality. We'll talk about why in some of those later videos that I talked about.

The next thing is add instrumentation from day one. So, when we think about how the application is going to be deployed, we need to be thinking right out of the gate in terms of end user analytics, application performance analytics. We'll talk a little bit more about why that's important later on as well.

The next thing would be to encourage an innovation mindset. We know that there's going to be a lot of new ideas that are coming to the table anytime we're opening up the discussion to new solution design. That's something that we want to encourage. So, we need to be getting feedback from all the appropriate stakeholders. We've got some ideas on how we can do that both informally and very formally through a process. But it needs to start with having an innovation mindset from day one.

The next step, number four, is to be able to prioritize those new enhancement ideas. When you do create an innovation mindset, you're going to have a lot of new ideas coming in the process. And that's exactly what we want to have. But we also need to have a mechanism, a process through which we can prioritize those innovative ideas and really distill it down to which ideas make sense for the business for now. We've got some processes that we can talk through about the prioritization of those ideas, and we can actually do a whole separate video just on that piece, which will be coming after this.

Then the last thing is to establish a cadence. In order to have successful implementations, we have to be thinking about an ongoing life cycle management. That includes all of the steps that I just talked about, but having a regular cadence through which we're able to repeat those steps, integrate the next phase of enhancements, have a release for the users, begin to get more innovation again, prioritize those ideas, implementing them into the next release, and continue indefinitely. So, establishing that cadence right out of the gate is incredibly important to make sure that everybody's on the same page in the organization, and is able to embrace the change that's coming down the pipe.

A quick summary here of the five keys to success. The first is replace the existing functionality first. Second is add instrumentation, be thinking of analytics from day one. The third is encourage an innovation mindset so that everybody in the organization is contributing to the great ideas that will come down the road. Prioritize those enhancements. Have a mechanism right out of the gate to prioritize. And the fifth and final one is establish the cadence for how this life cycle is going to be managed over time.

In the coming weeks, we'll dive into each of these five areas in a little bit more detail. In the meantime, I appreciate your listening. Thanks for the time, and we'll see you again next week.

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