In this digital age, a company’s success is dependent on an effective IT strategy i.e. mobility. Mobile devices, existing and emerging, have forced businesses to scrap existing models and attempt a completely new understanding of business methodology. Business strategy today, regardless of sector, has to include plans about synchronizing the increasing need for mobility solutions and the pressing need for information control.
Mobility today is a necessity that is constantly moulding and reshaping business models of companies across the spectrum. With a tsunami of information coming in everyday via a plethora of devices it becomes a challenge to monitor, organize and control efficiently. Device mobility plays a crucial role in bringing coherence to proceedings and optimizing processes and productivity. Therefore, as companies enter this new age, it is only logical to have a strategy in place for the effective management of mobile devices within the organisation. This calls for a proactive, futuristic planning that can overcome the challenges erected by legacy mobile devices and BYODs.
The IT department in any company has traditionally exercised control over the information that circulates via devices used by employees. However, with BYODs on the rise and many employees using their own smart phones to link to official servers the lasso of control has come undone. Mobile devices have had a disruptive effect on this control through information erosion. Alarms and sirens are going off in board rooms everywhere due to the security implications of this trend. Organisations must strive to find solutions that can manage this sudden surge in mobile devices.
In order to develop holistic mobility strategies, there must be a clear understanding of management challenges. Unmanaged or Unsecured BYODs can be extremely vulnerable to security breaches. Therefore arises the question of whether companies will outsource mobility to professionals or do it themselves at the risk of towering costs. Rapid consumerisation of digital technology has tipped the scales of balance and control. Despite this trend reshaping the corporate landscape, companies must strive retain access control and data security all the while effectively empowering employees by positive use of the BYOD trend. It may not be feasible to provide the devices to employees from a cost perspective with the added challenge of continuously upgrading at the speed of innovation of mobile technologies.
If the BYOD trend is the way of the future, it must be addressed with a macro approach by creating a broad-based platform that is versatile enough to adapt to the multiplicity of platforms of today’s Smartphones and tablets that are stretching corporate resources. At the same time it must foresee the evolving needs of the future. The end result must be an organic ecosystem based on unique mobility architecture.
Visionary enterprises have already adopted mobility by identifying key business processes that can be mobilized and are capitalizing on new business models by developing innovative products and services. Other by-products of mobility include improved workforce productivity and technological expertise. Mobility has the potential to take companies ahead of the curve and breed a new class of market leaders.