In today’s business world, everything moves at the speed of technology. We’re connected to our mobile devices constantly, staying in touch with our co-workers, completing tasks, and maintaining a presence in our industry whether at home or on the go. Welcome to the world of “enterprise mobility,” which is quickly eliminating the need for a traditional office space.
Engaging Employees with a Desirable Work Culture
An entrepreneurial spirit imbues today’s workforce. Enterprise mobility allows businesses to create an entrepreneurial culture by allowing employees to work in a variety of environments – breaking traditional workplace boundaries. Applications and a connected workforce increase worker productivity by making their business operations available at their fingertips, wherever they might be. Opportunities for hard-working employees to get more done abound, enabling career advancement for employees and increased profitability for businesses.
Streamlining Business Processes
Enterprise mobility streamlines business processes by providing employees with a seamless transition from the traditional workspace to mobile applications. Employees are no longer constrained by a bricks and mortar location; they’re free to continue work from environments that are most conducive to their business tasks and their lifestyle. For example, managers can provide real-time feedback to employees from their tablets, even when they’re traveling. Employees can upload projects as soon as they’re complete—even if it’s late at night or in the early hours of the morning—via web applications.
Technology developers remain in tune with the increasing demands of mobile capabilities. Windows 10 could help make the convergence of desktop and mobile applications more intuitive with interfaces that look and feel familiar on any device.
Where Enterprise Mobility Management Comes in
With the added convenience and ease of employee mobility, more businesses turn to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) tools, or the tools and processes businesses deploy to manage mobile operations, to gain some level of control over an increasingly mobile workforce.
EMM has many facets, from the implementation of Bring Your Own Device policies, making the transition from desktop to mobile seamless for employees and—perhaps most importantly—securing the wireless networks and devices over which employees do business.
Focusing On Security Operations
Enterprise mobility is essential to remaining competitive in an increasingly globalized workforce, but are IT departments ready to take on the increased security challenge? According to a survey by PC Connection, 60 percent of IT departments name network vulnerabilities as their top concern when it comes to mobile security. Yet, 58 percent of IT experts say they will support enterprise mobility programs, and analysts expect that number to grow.
Whether your employees are working on a company-issued device or using their own personal devices for work, security is a top concern. IT departments that focus their efforts on cloud protection and management programs will gain peace-of-mind, while those companies will earn consumer and client confidence.
Back-end operations—focusing on cloud security—won’t be enough to secure networks and mission critical company data enough in the face of new technology. Front-end development, including a look at apps and the devices that store them, is a key part of EMM. Enterprise mobility demands that IT departments think beyond classic user authentication, since employees don’t necessarily use a web browser to access cloud applications. IT departments should consider app trust and device trust, since each now holds native company data. Authentication systems that go beyond the classic password can help maintain optimal security levels for devices belonging to a workforce on the go.
Regulating and Compliance
As a result of increasing mobility, security has shifted from a voluntary process to a system of government compliance in some places. California leads the charge in mandating minimum-security measures for businesses. In February, the Center for Internet Security released 20 regulations that govern the mobile aspect of security for companies operating in the state. This trend of regulatory governance will likely take root in other states in the near future.
Enterprise mobility is here to stay. A constantly moving, evolving workforce puts new pressures on IT decision-makers to secure business operations in the cloud and in native apps. By taking a proactive approach and aligning security goals with available budgets, departments can meet the challenge.