In This Issue

James Hogan, former CEO of SView, and mobile industry veteran, discusses how mobile devices are changing the business landscape for both consumers and enterprises.   full article
This quarter the STRe Solutions team provides tips on working with contingent recruiters.
Candidate Tip #115  Hiring Manager Tip #115    full article
Two active executive searches underway.   full article
From video to chat, and more.   full article


Consumer Mobile Apps are Driving Changes to the Enterprise
By: James Hogan, former CEO of SView, and mobile industry veteran

At the end of 2010, worldwide mobile subscribers reached over 5 billion, nearly 74% of the world's population. While smart phones and tablets are still in the minority of the mobile devices in use today worldwide, these products are changing both consumers' and enterprises' views of what can be accomplished with a mobile device. This rapid shift in mobile drives three trends that will forever change the business landscape.

It's C2B, Not B2C
First, mobile-device and operating-system fragmentation is likely to continue unabated. Unlike Windows in the PC world, no single mobile OS will gain dominance within the next three years. Currently there are at least ten active mobile operating systems, with the major variants that include Android, Blackberry, iOS, Symbian, J2ME and Windows Mobile. While the number of operating systems will shrink over time, enterprises will be forced to manage multiple platforms, as well as a variety of constantly proliferating device types.

Second, employees are bringing their own devices into the workplace today. InformationWeek reported last fall that over 30% of the employees are using personal mobile devices in the office. The use of personal devices makes employees happier and more productive as workdays lengthen and encroach on personal time. As a result, IT organizations must revise mobile policies and deploy a set of management and security tools to support multiple platforms.

Consumer applications are built from the ground up to be mobile, and employees expect business apps to be the same. Extending desktop applications to smart phones and tablets is a retrofit and the results are less than ideal. Mobile application strategies are not about the device, nor are they about the app itself. Successful mobile initiatives focus on leveraging the benefits of mobility to improve business processes, create competitive advantage, touch a customer when they're ready to transact and enhance customer satisfaction. Mobile device users will expect the same two to three click results on business apps as they get on their consumer apps.

Prescription for Success in the Mobilized World
  1. IT organizations need to align with line-of-business leaders and delineate the business processes that provide the greatest returns post-mobilization, the applications associated with those processes, and how the apps will function when disconnected from a network. For example, will a mobile app improve cash flow, accelerate sales, or improve customer satisfaction?
  2. Businesses next need to decide whether to build native or mobile Web applications. This is a complicated decision and most companies will need a combination of both. Native applications are specific to a particular mobile device and only run on that platform. Mobile web applications on the other hand are designed to run on a Browser and can therefore run on any web enabled mobile device. There are significant differences in time-to-market and each should be considered carefully.
  3. Before choosing an approach, enterprises should consider the pros and cons of each. Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms offer pre-built applications in areas such as field service and sales automation and typically include security and management. Mobile Development Frameworks offer an open platform that typically requires less-expensive, more readily available developers. Both product types deliver cross-platform support.
  4. Last, companies will need to update their Enterprise Mobility Management tools. These tools will enable organizations to manage increasingly complex mobile deployments.

2011 IS the year when more business is being conducted over mobile devices. Businesses need to recognize that C2B trends are pervasive and roll out plans that take advantage of the trends to compete in the fast-paced, mobilized market place.

About the author: James Hogan is the former CEO of SView, a provider of cloud-based services that enable enterprises to develop, integrate, deliver and manage mobile applications. Information about James can be found at He can be reached at

Candidates and Hiring Managers: Maximize Your Experience with Recruiters

Our highest priority at STRe Solutions is building long-term relationships with both client hiring managers and candidates, even those job seekers that we cannot place. The Recruiter Relations section of our newsletter offers ongoing tips to help you maximize your experience with a recruiter, regardless of whether you're seeking top talent to seamlessly join your team or searching for your next ideal position.

This quarter's focus is about the "rules of engagement" when working with Contingent recruiters. As the job market heats up it is important for both hiring managers and candidates to remember some basics that will help improve their results when working with a contingent recruiter.

Candidate Tip #115

Managing your relationship with Contingent Recruiters

As a candidate it is important to understand first of all that Contingent recruiters are paid by their client companies, so that is where they are most focused. However, a placement cannot be made without a candidate so that is where you come in. The key rule of engagement is to honor the first recruiter who calls you about an opportunity. Having multiple recruiters represent you to the same company will often result in your resume being eliminated so as to avoid any fee issues. So...keep track of the opportunities that you are called about, and where you may have submitted a resume on your own (a topic for another time) or where you have already been referred by your network.

And.. when you call a recruiter to ask about your job search, ask them what you can do to help. Candidates who are helpful stay 'top of mind' and are often the first ones called when a new opportunity comes in. Keep in touch periodically with your Contingent recruiters and you will be on top of their list when the right new job order comes along.

Hiring Manager Tip #115

Working with Contingent Recruiters

Your first priority is hiring the best talent you can for your organization. Now that you are ready to utilize external recruiting resources it is important to understand how Contingent recruiters operate and how to get their attention. Since a Contingent recruiter only gets paid when they complete a placement, they can pick and choose which jobs to work, and you, of course, want them to work on your job!

The biggest mistake you can make is to call your job out to every recruiter you know. This causes a flurry of activity initially and when a recruiter discovers that a candidate has already been called by several other firms, they will often drop your job order like a hot potato. In addition, a good recruiter will want to ask you about the company, your organization, career progression for this position, etc. you really want to go through this a dozen times?

To be efficient and make sure you get your position filled, select one or two contingent recruiters and tell them they are exclusive, or one of just a few working on this order. And...tell them what you expect in terms of communication and candidate flow. Most recruiters welcome hiring managers who "engage" with them as a business partner.

STRe Retained Search

The following two executive searches are currently underway:
  • VP, Global Supply Chain, South Bay
  • Corporate Controller, Renewable Energy Financing Start-up, San Francisco
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