If your organization hasn’t already realized that mobile devices have changed the landscape of the business environment, take a look at each and every one of your workers. How many of them utilize a smartphone or mobile device for work purposes? How do businesses handle an influx of network activity from mobile devices? How do these devices access this information? These are all questions you should be prepared to ask when considering mobile devices in the workplace.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
These days, it’s not a matter of allowing mobile devices in the workplace; it’s whether or not you want to allow your employees to access mission-critical apps and information through their mobile devices. Most businesses have employees who would rather use their own personal devices than those provided by the organization. This has proven to be an exceptional tool to promoting employee satisfaction and ensuring that technology is consistently working at maximum efficiency. After all, people are more likely to maintain technology if they own it.
Furthermore, if employees are more willing to use their mobile devices for work-related purposes, this means that you won’t have to commit to purchasing hardware and software required for them to do their job (if they already own it). Often times, it’s little details like these that can make a big difference in your IT budget, so it’s beneficial for your organization to take advantage of BYOD if possible.
Mobile Device Management
While there is a significant boon to allowing BYOD policies in your office, there’s also a significant risk involved. When an organization experiences an increase in mobile device traffic, it becomes a concern for your network’s security. If businesses are allowing employees to use their own device for accessing critical data, this could be putting sensitive information at risk. This is why it’s important to control mobile devices’ access to data through whitelisting and blacklisting functions provided by a mobile device management solution.
More than anything else, you need to be able to control an application’s access to data, as well as incorporate the ability to remotely wipe devices should they be stolen, lost, or compromised. There’s no telling what a hacker might do if they can get access to your organization’s network. Therefore, the ability to eliminate any data in one swift measure is invaluable, especially when it comes to data security compliance.
Businesses are taking advantage of the cloud for both storing their organization's data, and deploying mission-critical applications. The cloud is an imperative way to help your employees access information they need to perform their daily duties on any number of different devices, so naturally, the cloud makes it much easier to access this information across several different platforms.
When it comes to integrating a cloud solution, though, it’s best to consult a professional who knows the specific needs of your business. A quality cloud solution takes time and expertise to integrate, so you should contact Computerware at (703) 821-8200 for more information about how to take full advantage of your organization's mobile devices.
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