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The Master Plan to Enterprise Mobility

12 Jul 2016 by Bob Violino

Mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops have become standard workplace tools. Employers supply some of them, and employees expect to have them — and who wouldn’t?

Mobile devices and the apps they provide to users deliver a number of compelling benefits to enterprises, such as improved collaboration and increased productivity. Mobile users can access data, and more easily stay in touch with their managers, colleagues and customers regardless of location. This leads to better customer service, faster time to market, higher sales and improved decision making.

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The dark side of enterprise mobility

Mobility also brings daunting challenges for enterprise IT executives. Among the biggest are managing the many varieties of devices and operating systems in use, particularly at large companies that may have thousands of mobile users, including employees using their devices as part of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs.

Also difficult is making apps and updates quickly available to users, as well as ensuring devices and their data are secure with the right network access controls.

As the mobile enterprise continues to evolve with wearables and other IoT devices plugging into enterprise networks, and more workloads and data are deployed in the cloud, these issues will get more complex.

The biggest gaps in current endpoint security models exist in mobile devices (laptops, phones, tablets, etc.), employee negligence and the use of third-party cloud applications, including DropBox and Google Docs. This is according to Ponemon Institute’s "2016 State of the Endpoint" report. The survey also reveals a major increase in the severity of endpoint incidents at enterprises.

A blueprint for enterprise IT

Our whitepaper, “Managing and Securing Enterprise Mobility,” describes the challenges IT leaders face when building and maintaining a mobility strategy, and what they need to look at before they begin organizing and executing a plan.