The mobile workforce is growing at an exponential pace, and with this growth comes a number of advantages and concerns for businesses that must support an ever-expanding list of devices. Enterprise mobility programs can make this intimidating task much more manageable, enabling adopters to realize the many benefits of mobile.
The world today is a decidedly technology-focused place. In every hand is a device, and every company must decide how their organization will manage factors like the Internet of Things (IoT), field workers, and telecommuting. Applications are increasingly cloud-based or available in as-a-service models. Failing to evolve to use these powerful new products and services constrains a company to the point of competitive disadvantage.
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Workers who can access company systems on the go are more willing to work after normal business hours and are generally more accessible and engaged in their jobs. Field workers are able to get work done without being in the office, making the solution perfect for checking off tasks between customer appointments.
Having the ability to connect easily to company assets strengthens the sales force. It’s no surprise that revenue multiplies as a result. Leadership decisions can be more accurate and informed as real-time information is easily available. Companies are able to accomplish more and see improved results with these valuable tools.
Enterprise mobility programs are flexible and adaptable to different approaches at the organization’s discretion. Bring your own device (BYOD), choose your own device (CYOD), or assignment of a company-selected device are a few common options.
The BYOD option is generally the most cost effective mobility model since the company does not have to purchase the hardware or data plans. It is also the most difficult to manage in terms of security since so many different device types may require connectivity to the company network. Additionally, the line between company-owned data and employee-owned hardware is blurry. This option is highly preferred by employees, however, and often results in productivity gains as they are able to use familiar devices and accomplish tasks more efficiently.
The next best thing to BYOD is CYOD, which allows an employee to select a preferred device from a smaller list of options. This provides greater control and manageability of the device, and either the employee or the company can be financially responsible for the hardware and data plans. Assignment of a specific company-selected device places the burden of acquisition and provisioning of the device on the company, but also provides the greatest level of control.
As with all technology, there are benefits and risks involved in adoption. Security is the topmost concern where mobile devices are involved. Mobile device management tools have come a long way, and enterprise mobility management (EMM) software simplifies this responsibility. These applications facilitate provisioning, visibility, and control over a device no matter what hardware model is used. Anti-virus, firewalls, VPN tools, and other smart configuration tactics in EMM programs will protect company assets while effectively supporting mobile users. Lost or stolen devices can be remotely cleaned and deactivated so they no longer pose a threat to sensitive data and systems.
In 2017, the industry will show more favor to enterprise mobility programs for optimizing productivity and accessibility. In turn, adopters will see improved growth and employee engagement. For more information on intelligently implementing EMM in the organization, contact Coda Global today.