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:
- Companies' current in-house Web infrastructures will not be sufficient to fully mobilize the workplace. Instead, they'll need solutions that make data resources more uniformly accessible on mobile devices, whether that includes storing information in different formats or implementing solutions such as Wide Area File Services that adapt - and sync - fluidly to mobile platforms.
- Organizations will need mobile data management strategies, not just device management. Secure file sharing plans must encompass the platforms that transfer and store information, not just the devices themselves.
- Mobility will enhance productivity and performance for "non-techies" as well. Chaddha noted that mobile device usage has already grown in field services industries, with professionals who historically have not relied heavily on computers in their day-to-day activities benefiting from opportunities to use convenient, intuitive tools on the job. This trend will be bolstered by solutions that are designed to be user-friendly and take care of complicated technical steps in the background.
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.