According to the Pew Internet Project, over a third of American adults own a smartphone (http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Smartphones.aspx). Not only is this trend dramatically affecting the way we communicate, consume information and shop, but it is also rapidly changing the way we work.
Employees are no longer just using their internal, company IT-controlled computers to access work email and data, instead they are using iPhones, Androids, tablets and a wide array of other smart devices—devices that utilize external mobile networks and sit outside of a company’s firewall. Chances are you support your employees using their personal devices to check important company information, such as receiving email, sharing schedules, performing approvals. Allowing them to do so raises many concerns, including : reliable access to company applications such as email, usage of approved internal applications needed to support job functions, and personal and corporate security. An ideal mobile device management solution should offer control over all of these areas as well as protection for the enterprise.
A well-thought mobile strategy will also consider the right platform for developing applications – one that offers the ability to connect and integrate with other software, web services and API’s. The platform will allow the company to create and build its own mobile business objects or applications, and have a community of 3rd party providers who also develop on this platform. Finally, the selected platform should make it easy for all users to consume the mobile information, meaning a company can build an application once and it will automatically be fitted and deployed to heterogeneous smartphone devices, saving the company excessive development time up front and support time over the long term. Furthermore, the platform must be future-proof, allowing for even devices introduced in the future access to applications.
The SAP Sybase mobile offerings delivers all four C’s of a successful mobile solution (connect, create, consume, and control). The Afaria Mobile Device Management Solution provides control over information and devices. . In addition, the Sybase Unwired Platform provides connection to any backend software, , web services and external API’s, providing the flexibility of creating customized applications and the ease for users of all devices to consume mobile info.
With all four C’s working together, a company can deliver company information l and customized applications in a secure way to all of its employees on various devices, regardless of who owns them.