This year’s Architecture Week business and technology roadshow promises to demonstrate just how crucial are well-planned and implemented mobile solutions to enterprise strategies now and into the future. The theme this time, Experience Digital Innovation, will highlight the importance of a coherent, end-to-end mobile strategy to support digital transformation.

Enterprises are increasingly under pressure to meet demands from employees, partners and customers for a growing range of mobile apps and services that will provide greater flexibility and enhance productivity and collaboration. Mobility is no longer an optional strategy; it is an imperative.

Reflecting that fact, new research from analyst company IDC predicts steep growth in enterprise spending on mobility over the next few years. IDC forecasts that spend on network consulting and integration services to support enterprise mobility will grow at a CAGR of 16.3%, to reach $5.0 billion worldwide by 2017. []

Yet enterprises need to think carefully about how they approach mobile strategies if they are to avoid costly mistakes, improve business processes and meet stakeholders’ expectations. While organizations are understandably keen to harness the business creativity and flexibility that mobility can bring, they also face challenges when it comes to widescale deployment and management on a continuous basis. Few enterprises have the skills and resources to integrate new and innovative mobile applications and devices with existing systems at a pace that meets demands and safeguards access to valuable data and services.

The fact is that mobile requirements are unique to every business, and each will embark on a different journey. The first step towards defining a complete mobile strategy is to put in place a dedicated mobile steering group of business and technology stakeholders to set both short- and long-term goals and objectives that are aligned with your company’s specific business needs. And over time you need to be able to adapt your mobile strategy to constant changes in technology and business requirements if you are going to secure a solid return on investment.

Many enterprises have already started on their mobile journey, but are not able to evaluate how far they have gone or what are the next steps towards success. Capgemini’s Enterprise Mobility Benchmark (EMB) Tool can assess your current mobile status by evaluating your responses to a series of key benchmarking questions. EMB focuses on six critical areas: the ground rules (Policies); what you want to achieve (Objectives); the scope of your mobile infrastructure and strategy (Scope); which technologies to use (Technology); how to manage them (Management); and how to track your progress over time (Measurement).

Those six factors are central to ensuring that enterprises are able to take control of their mobile strategy and meet the mobility needs of their employees and customers now and in the future. Indeed, some companies are already reaping the benefits across a range of sectors—Capgemini has tracked 14 industries and evaluated them for mobile maturity. Some examples can be found in a series of case studies that Capgemini will showcase at Architecture Week.

To find out more, register for Architecture Week, which takes place at local events in a number of countries from September 30th to October 4th. Capgemini’s Mobile Solutions experts, as well as our partners and customers, will gather together to share expertise, knowledge and best practices that will help you to achieve your mobile objectives and Experience Digital Innovation.