Strategic Technology: Mobile Apps and Applications

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The proliferation of technological advances since the emergence of mobile apps is changing how public managers manages. Managers enjoy the flexibility of modern technology, which allows mangers to be mobile instead of confined to an office thanks to mobile apps. Mobile apps are a smaller and more targeted computer program designed to operate on a smartphone, tablet, or any mobile device with user-friendly interfaces instead of traditional applications that are large and comprehensive. Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company argues, “apps will continue to grow while applications will begin to shrink” increasing the flow of knowledge management (Gartner, 2013). Managers with the aid of mobile apps have real time access to information increasing efficiency, however the emergence of mobile apps are met with such barriers as training staff, security risks, and limited functionality. Knowledge management increases the necessity of mobile apps in “identifying and leveraging the collective knowledge in an organization to help the organization compete” as well as to ensure high standards of data integrity and data protection (Alavi & Leidner, 113, 2001). Knowledge management “focus is on knowledge flow and the process of creation, sharing, distributing knowledge, and organized access to and retrieval of content” emphasizing the importance of mobile apps in todays organizations (Alavi & Leidner, 111, 2001). As a result, there is more effective and efficient communication. Managers can engage employees with group messaging apps, access to time card management, the ability to edit and/or create word documents, real-time results of data, and the list is continuously building as more organization adapt ... ... middle of paper ... ...gh a new source at a time when people spend more time on mobile devices than behind a desk increasing productivity. It is about the innovation and the persistence to do more as technology allows. The advantages outweigh security risks and limited functionality. At some point, mobile apps will become the dominant platform of choice for accessing information. However, until then we will enjoy the flexibility of modern technology. Works Cited Alavi, Maryam, and Dorothy E. Leidner. “Review: Knowledge Management and Knowledge Management Systems: Conceptual Foundations and Research Issues.” MIS Quarterly, 2001, 107–36. Kerner, Sean Michael. “HP: Mobile Apps Aren’t Secure, Allow Access to Private Data.” eWeek, November 18, 2013, 8–8. “Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014.” Accessed May 26, 2014. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2603623.
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