Manage Your Devices, Manage Your Business Success!
Mobility is a given for business today and employees expect to be able to access information and collaborate on the move. This is driving the emergence of a new model for business technology, one where mobile is the default state of working, and where applications flow seamlessly across integrated and intelligent communication networks to deliver anything to anyone on any device, quickly, securely, and reliably. This is mobile as defined not by corporate procurement departments, or the IT team, but by employees and the business. This is mobile coming from the consumer world into the enterprise, and challenging the accepted rules of how business IT should work.
This leaves businesses with a fundamental problem, how can they manage increasing numbers of sophisticated mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets within the corporate IT infrastructure, without compromising network functionality, security, and reliability. How effectively they address this challenge, and manage their mobile estate is increasingly critical for their current and future business success.
At the heart of any drive to get the best from mobile is a device management strategy. This should start with an in-depth overview of corporate objectives, business drivers and any specific pain points. This will help to identify potential benefits, based on the types of devices involved, the business processes in which current and future devices are involved and the security, governance and cost of ownership implications of corporate devices versus ‘bring your own’. It must also encompass an analysis of the impact of the mobilization of people and processes on the business, including its corporate culture. It’s actually a simple checklist to follow but if you miss out on any one area, the impact can be tremendous.
So what is the checklist? Here’s our view:
- Analyze and document current device security and management procedures and cost
- Define requirements to constrain or permit access and transport of corporate data
- Analyze and document drivers to mobilize the most appropriate of your business processes
- Determine impacts on end-users, such as the implications of device wipe and other security features.
- Investigate billing and security implications of bring your own device
- Determine impact of non-standard device use on policy and technology infrastructure
- Evaluate technologies and vendors to meet your requirements
All of this taken into consideration will enable the development of a mobility strategy that will really add value to a business. The end game is a strategy that fits within your capital and operating budget objectives and meets your company’s time-to-market and business goals while addressing implementation risks. Then mobility becomes a business enabler, and a key driver for your future business success.
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