Technology is about progress, and in that progress, opportunity. Organizations that are willing and able to embrace and exploit new technologies, particularly their disruptive qualities, can put themselves in a most favourable position going forward. Such is certainly the case when it comes to corporate mobility.
Corporate mobility can hardly be called new technology as remote employee network access and other telecommuting solutions have been in vigour for a relatively long time. What is new, however, is how rapidly corporate mobility platforms are changing, and the fact that corporate mobility is now being driven by employees as opposed to IT groups and leadership.
Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and the ability to work from anywhere at any time is not some passing fancy. In fact, it has been taken up as a working world fact (as opposed to privilege) by basically the entire “Millennial” cohort, which is on pace to make up three-quarters of the global workforce by 2025.
Approaching the third decade of the new millennium, people have come to expect to be able to work from their home offices as well as from hotels, client sites, and even in transit or sitting in a coffee shop sipping chai tea. Working out-of-office has in a short time gone from being a novelty to a shrugging “so what?” kind of thing. The increasing diffusion and decentralization of computing infrastructures puts a heavy security burden on IT’s shoulders.
Leaving aside the generational imperative — that as boomers give way to later cohorts, remote work will become even more everyday — companies are embracing (or at least having to embrace) mobility to stay competitive and progress to a new, more efficient workload model. However, in this “do more with less” environment, organizations must never lose sight of the critical factor: security.
The enablement of remote workers can lead an organization that is not aware of the security implications into dangerous waters indeed. How, then, does a company offer the next generation of professional — non-traditional, BYOD, big believers in the social web, Internet communities, nonstop communication and information exchange — secure remote access without handing the keys to the kingdom to every hacker from Minneapolis to Moscow?
On April 19, join ITWC CIO and Chief Digital Officer Jim Love and special guest Chris Hazelton, Director, Marketing for Enterprise Software at BlackBerry, as they discuss the challenges facing IT groups today as they seek to provision and support non-traditional employees, many or most of whom will access the company network using their own devices.
Among the topics to be covered in this session:
- BYOD, from trend to new normal
- Modern approaches to managing thousands of PCs
- Replacing virtual desktop infrastructures
- Providing secure remote access
- Enabling the next gen of computers with BlackBerry Access for Windows 10