From bring-your-own-device policies to a broader implementation of corporate-owned portable devices, enterprise mobility is sweeping across many industries.
Apr 14th, 2014
From bring-your-own-device policies to a broader implementation of corporate-owned portable devices, enterprise mobility is sweeping across many industries, with business leaders perceiving the radical possibilities for increased productivity and flexibility inherent in using the platforms. However, the expansion of mobile-first and mobile-capable workflows is creating a need for specialized support, in terms of IT and infrastructure. Analysts have emphasized that this support increasingly must transcend even Web infrastructures: Businesses need robust services such as cloud solutions with cloud FTP to keep data secure while making it widely accessible to mobile users.
Trends in enterprise mobility
In an article for Venture Beat, Navin Chaddha, managing director at venture capital firm Mayfield, identified three developments that he believes will come to shape the mobile workplace. He noted that mobility has already been widely embraced in many corporations, but as companies expand their adoption and use of this technology, they may need to adapt their data management methods to accommodate and protect their information resources and tools.
His predictions included:
Preparing for a mobile workplace
As these trends develop, business leaders will want to consider ways they can take advantage of mobile technology to enhance and streamline their operations in order to gain a competitive edge. However, there are also a number of factors they should keep in mind to ensure that their mobile strategies keep their data safe and secure.
ITWeb emphasized that IT teams will need to implement new policies and oversee the usage of specific apps and tools to monitor the flow and integrity of corporate resources. There's no one-size-fits-all solution: Even among enterprises with BYOD policies, these strategies differ widely and require diverse levels of oversight.
"Simplification is key. If you give the user an easy way to use the corporate network they will follow it," said Erik Papir, worldwide director of technical marketing at HP, according to the source. "If not, they are just going to find ways around it. Providing employees with the right tools is important."
As part of their mobile strategies, organizations may want to consider managed file transfer solutions that offer ready access from mobile platforms while assisting IT with the maintenance of the system.