Enterprise Mobility: The Future of Business IT
Many who work office jobs in tech or telecommunications (or a number of other industries) are accustomed with some sort of mobile device policy. No matter how strict or lenient the company happens to be; they usually have some sort of formal agreement with their staff that states clearly how personal mobile devices may or may not be used on business premises.
While often done in the name of security, strict mobile device policy can also have adverse effects on productivity. Companies can be slow to adapt to the diversification of network hardware. A new paradigm is needed in network security and human resources that fits modern technology with modern business culture.
What is Enterprise Mobility?
‘Enterprise mobility’ refers to the proliferation of mobile endpoints in business IT and the subsequent changes that occur in business culture and infrastructure. It is causing a revolution in how we define the workplace and our orientation with it, as virtualization and telecommunication diversify how business is conducted.
The benefits of enterprise mobility include enhanced worker freedom, as well as increased business efficiency through diverse digital infrastructure and end user devices. As the cubicle farm collapses and the advantages of worker mobility become apparent to both staff and businesses, new hardware also leads to innovation in business communications and IT.
The term “BYOD” (which stands for “bring your own device”) gained popularity when businesses started permitting (even embracing) the use of personal mobile devices onsite for business purposes. It evokes a sense of informality while illuminating the ubiquity of networked media, and is a cornerstone of the broader consumer enterprise movement.
Since personal mobile use is on the rise in business, the BYOA (‘bring your own app’) principle, by extension, permits the use of personal mobile software in business environments. And beyond that, build your own app platforms could be the next resource for businesses to take advantage of in the new, growing mobile landscape.
More networked hardware means more points of access, which are a blessing and a curse. While user engagement is optimized by wider network access, vulnerability is increased. Businesses have tried to address the security issue using virtual software solutions, such as SHVD (server-hosted virtual desktop), but these methods often slow down productivity.
An effective (yet resource exhaustive) alternative includes enabling IT with administrative control over all user devices on the business network. But new authentication technology is developing defense mechanisms and risk reduction techniques that cater to mobile infrastructure, and would presumably strive to reduce the need for onsite IT personnel.
Enterprise mobility is essential and inevitable. The consumerization of modern enterprise is compelling businesses to seek out innovative security solutions as well as new opportunities in the mobile space. The future of business is mobilized, and the proliferation of mobile solutions to address every business need will soon prove enterprise mobility’s utility and significance.