Do you know where it is?
Has it been moving around to other networks behind your back?
All kidding aside, questions such as these bring up good points about the state of your mobile enterprise. How well do you have it under control? As the benefits associated with mobility continue to expand business potential, challenges associated with managing this movement are also on the rise. And, it’s up to IT to figure it all out.
But, with proper research into your mobile environment, and leveraging a step-by-step approach, you can create the vision to manage your workforce’s increased demand for mobile, while simultaneously addressing issues of security and device and application management.
The e-book, Enterprise Mobility for Dummies, looks at how IT organizations can manage and leverage mobile solutions to ensure the company is productive and secure.
Managing mobility in the enterprise
Chances are, the mobile enterprise is already an organic, living force in your business, whether it’s regulated or not. In fact, the International Data Corporation predicts the mobile workforce will reach 1.3 billion people by 2015.
This rapidly growing number puts IT to the challenge of figuring out how to keep employees happy, while maintaining corporate stability and efficiency.
You don’t have to look too far for the blueprint, as the consumer market has laid the groundwork. Comfortable with their personal devices, employees now expect a similar level of functionality and user friendliness in the office. One of the simplest ways to provide this is to accept a wide range of mobile devices into the corporation. From there, you have the ability to segment your workforce by device type and mobile needs, enabling you to better cater the mobile experience to the individual user.
Seems like keeping track of different segmented groups within the organization would begin to complicate the process, right? Though it sounds daunting, mobility management systems are available that help automate much of the manual labor associated with device management, including tracking mobile devices, updating device configuration, and managing ownership records and data security.
Mobility improves worker productivity and efficiency by giving your employees the tools to function no matter where they are or what device they are using. With quicker access to insights, they get to enjoy the productivity and efficiency that come with being road warriors, while your customers get to experience more personalized service and offerings.
So, the question begs: With all of these new devices and sources of information now available, how can you keep your network secure? IT can prepare your company by boosting security; however, cell phones forgotten in taxicabs, laptops left in hotel lobbies, and device theft is inevitable. The good news? Solutions are available that enable you to remotely lock, encrypt, and even destroy sensitive data if a security breach or mobile device theft occurs.
Finding the right mobile fit
Mobilizing the workplace used to mean redundantly stacking mobile devices within servers each time a new device was added, leading to an application deployment and support nightmare as multiple versions of the same app had to be developed. But those days are gone, and solutions today are able to develop versatile mobile apps for countless devices on a single platform. A platform strategy, such as a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP), enables organizations to plan and adapt to mobile changes as they happen with tools that can be managed from a single console over a number of different devices.
Mobility is no longer simply a buzzword; it is now critical to successful business operations. Give your employees the personal experience they crave, while giving yourself a little peace of mind knowing your data is safe and secure.
Download the e-book Enterprise Mobility for Dummies to learn more about managing mobility in the modern enterprise.