In what seems like the blink of an eye, personal mobile devices have gone from being unwelcome at work – to be indispensable. In fact, some companies not only now welcome them, but require them. Gartner predicts that half of employers worldwide will have mandatory BYOD by the end of 2016.
For IT professionals, this trend brings with it the prospect of watching over a growing array of personal mobile devices without intruding on employee privacy – and of worrying about potential new attack surfaces that arise with every new business app or public cloud service mobile workers are clamoring to use.
It’s all part of a larger phenomenon in which mobility informs every aspect of business today. And whether devices are employee-owned or company-issued, IT will always be challenged to identify which ones best keep employees productive and data safe, and how to ensure efficient management of a fleet of mobile devices.
THE CHALLENGES OF TRUE MOBILITY
How to get real work done. The primary thing a mobile workforce needs is, of course, mobility. Employees must be able to pack up and take off with a device that isn’t too heavy or too fragile to carry around all day. And in order to truly work anywhere, anytime, they shouldn’t have to worry about competing for a cafe table or airport seat that’s in easy reach of an outlet.
Mobile workers also need tools that actively empower productivity and collaboration. That means seamless access to online colleagues and network data as well as to their preferred business apps and cloud-based services – along with the processing power to use these tools for real work.
KEEP EVERYTHING RUNNING – AND SAFE
While employees need to be as productive and collaborative as possible, IT professionals are tasked with staying sensitive to employee concerns while at the same time keeping company data secure and managing a diverse fleet of devices. It falls to IT teams to provide access to the apps and services employees want to use, to spot and lock down vulnerabilities in those tools, and to manage expectations and frustrations if this means changes to familiar workflows. It’s also on IT to provision, manage, and maintain the hardware and software used throughout the organization.
If that sounds like a lot, it is. This is why it helps immeasurably to have devices that are easy to manage, well supported by vendors and compatible with the latest mobility management software
Mobility is rapidly becoming the new normal for the workplace, turning powerful new devices into today’s workstations. By working with an IT solutions provider to find the right technology for their organizations, IT professionals can bridge the gap between innovation and security – providing employees the mobility and performance they need to thrive.
To learn more about PCM’s mobility capabilities, and our preferred partners, download our white paper: Wield the Tools to Power – and Protect – a Mobile Workforce
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