Mobility Trends in the Workplace Extend Beyond BYOD

by Jennifer Clark on June 27, 2016 · 0 comments

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BYOD is nothing new, with companies encouraging the use of personal laptops, tablets, and smartphones in the office. While they often provide flexible workplaces, they can also pose a security threat for many IT departments. But having a well-defined BYOD policy, alongside mobile device management, allows employees to be strategic and still protect their privacy to the outside world.

It’s a common complaint among the technology experts that they often don’t have control over their workers’ devices. With multiple networks and Internet connections across myriad smartphones, PCs and tablets, ensuring security and eliminating threats is easier said than done.

As mobility becomes more than just a buzzword and a true method for working, it has begun to create just as many problems as it does solve them. Promoting significant productivity and flexibility, mobility among devices can be a headache to the IT departments of the world.

To help combat this, Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is one mobility trend that’s surfaced to help manage security. Poised to gain traction this year, EMM is more than just supervising in-house technology, it provides users with the ability to manage mobile devices, networks, and computing, a.k.a. entire IT estates, from anywhere.

EMM allows data and information to flow freely across secure devices and gives its users the freedom to execute business without the worry of being breached. Further, IT teams can still maintain control over the data crossing the networks, which makes everyone happy.

Additionally, mobility in the workplace doesn’t just mean workers are executing communications from the device of their choice; it’s also designing enterprise-level apps for employees and customers to execute from anywhere. In fact, according to Apperian’s 2016 Executive Enterprise Mobility Report, over half of organizations are deploying mobile apps for extended enterprise workers.

On average, an app takes anywhere from eight to 18 weeks to develop, so the time spent alone is heavily resourced. Other roadblocks, such as complex mobile landscapes, visibility, adoptability, and security issues can be a problem; however, the improved business processes, flexibility, improved productivity, and even competitive advantages often outweigh the hurdles.

The Apperian report also surveyed a random sample of executives who said 57 percent of their organizations offer two to 10 custom enterprise apps. And 23 percent of large organizations (10,000+ employees) are deploying more than 20 apps. With numbers like these, if you’re not developing and offering enterprise apps, you’re behind the curve.

So, what can you do to ensure you’re not just following the trend but setting it? Look at how your customers and their business works. Are they still brick and mortar, only operating in a huddle room? Or do they prefer to communicate from inside a hotel or from the road while others call in to conferences and execute reports via tablets?

With almost 3 billion mobile devices predicted to be sold in 2017, and a 731% increase in custom-built enterprise apps from 2014, mobile workplaces aren’t only the rise, but are here to stay. To learn more about how you can stay ahead of the competition in a mobile world, contact Tyler Ashwood,, to get connected to a sales representative or technical expert.

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