Mobile computing continues to transform business, but misconceptions and sub-optimal practices bring risks and challenges alongside the benefits.
The flood of mobile solutions and offerings from diverse vendors for different parts of the mobility challenge sometimes leads to a complex, expensive, fractured environment. Meanwhile, unfortunately, mobile strategies are also frequently deprioritized, according to The new reality of mobile solutions: Everything you’ve been told about mobility is wrong, an insightful, recently-released Dell white paper. The complexity related to mobility causes many organizations to see it as too costly, risky and hard to manage.
According to the paper, four misconceptions are prevalent and preventing businesses from maximizing their mobile potential: that traditional mobile device management (MDM) is all you need for bring-your-own-device (BYOD); that tablets are only useful as companion devices in business; that mobility is a security nightmare for highly regulated organizations; and, that is too hard to deliver job-specific applications to the field.
Dell looks at and clears up all these misconceptions, but more importantly provides advice and customer case studies to help businesses understand how to overcome barriers to the mobility.
Of course, challenges, like creating a highly agile security environment do exist, as Roger Bjork, director of global product marketing at Dell (with responsibilities for mobility/BYOD solutions), recently pointed out in an article in Dell Power Solutions.
In the article, Bjork outlines the critical elements like stronger network security and safeguarding mobile devices and also looks at how adopting robust mobile security can help businesses truly take advantage of the connected world—by strengthening protection without hindering access.
“The best strategies free the user while securing the business,” according to the white paper Future-proof your mobility strategy with Dell Enterprise Mobility Management. This is because to maximize workforce productivity, organizations need ways to securely connect users with the resources they need anytime, anywhere.
Of course, a good strategy for mobility management doesn’t begin and end with security. In this paper, Dell shares best practices for mobility management from better knowing and understanding users, to adopting flexible strategies and solutions (and those designed to control complexity), through to remaining focused on innovation and business transformation.
Armed with the right information and technology, organizations can embrace the benefits of mobility as new work habits and BYOD or CYOD (choose-your-own-device) policies become enabled and leveraged.