BYOD: Consumer mobility in the workplace

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 10.20.17 AMMobile technology has revolutionized the way we live, play and work. Consumer mobility trends have taken the enterprise by storm. Most employees use their mobile devices for work-related purposes throughout the workweek and frequently during the weekend. More and more businesses, educational institutions and healthcare organizations are investing large percentages of their IT budgets on mobility initiatives. Organizations may choose to provide mobile devices, which costs more but provides high levels of control and security, or institute bring your own device (BYOD) programs, which are cost-effective but more complex to administer. Whichever model they choose, organizations must develop solutions for such challenges as
device management, end user experience, mobile applications, scaling and security.

Some of the benefits of secure access to corporate applications and data from anywhere are:

  • Employees can work and communicate more flexibly and efficiently.
  • Teachers and students can collaborate with each other and access learning resource while off-campus.
  • Healthcare providers review patient data and images from their home offices

But these benefits come with challenges and risks. Mobile devices and programs are more complex to deploy and manage than familiar wired technologies and environments. Enterprise mobility flips the traditional top-down model of enterprise IT control on its head, transferring much of the control of devices, apps and services to the end user—and in the process, creating new security and management challenges. Read more here.

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