3 ways to enhance mobile benefits
11/29/2012 5:35:57 PM
Implementing mobility, bring your own device (BYOD) and other strategies centered around employee mobile devices and the consumerization of IT requires a good deal of preparation and management. For IT teams, this can mean restructuring computing strategies, implementing new policies and other changes. However, according to Technology Guide, more may be required to maximize the benefits that mobile solutions can provide. A BYOD solution is a good start, but there are other steps that have to be taken as well.
Invest in improved infrastructure
Particularly when employees start bringing their personal devices into the workplace, network infrastructure may need a tune up, or have to be entirely upgraded. Bandwidth and network capabilities can severely limit or enhance BYOD and other mobile initiatives, and to get the most out of them, a company has to ensure that its network can handle the new traffic. Improved Wi-Fi access, new routers, and other equipment may be needed, as well as a new approach to network administration. A business doesn't really want its data streaming across a 3G or 4G network for security reasons, so don't limit employees with slow wireless access.
One of the main draws of mobile devices in the enterprise is the fact that they combine computers with phones. Consolidating these functions in one device helps professionals be more flexible and productive while reducing IT costs for the company as well. As such, a business needs to ensure it has policies in place to support and control employee communications via personal devices, VoIP, unified communications and other solutions.Without a strong approach to communications as well as computing, employees will only be getting half of the puzzle.
Secure data access
Ultimately, the most important thing that a business needs to do when implementing a BYOD or mobility solution is to ensure that its data and enterprise applications remain secure. Allowing employees to use personal devices, and more importantly, take the data home with them, creates potential risks from loss and theft, as well as cyber risks that a business can avoid by investing in high-quality remote access solutions. With an RDP client, an employee will still be able to utilize data and applications with maximum efficiency and security will no longer be a risk.
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