The Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) movement has changed IT forever. Instead of purchasing and assigning devices to employees, IT now must adapt to employees who insist on bringing their own. If you haven’t developed a BYOD policy, check out this post on how to manage your company’s BYOD policy. This movement is a good thing for workers who need flexibility – but how can CIOs and CFOs continue to maintain control?
A new crop of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions has appeared on the market in the past 18 months to fill the growing need for comprehensive device management. Among them are AirWatch, SAP, Blackberry, Microsoft, and Citrix. Even Google is getting into the game with its new Android for Work program.
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With so many options, it can be difficult to know which solution is right for your business. But there’s no need to be overwhelmed – we have a list of the things you need to look for when you start shopping.
1. Support for common platforms
Your employees are continually looking for the newest, most exciting technologies. Trying to restrict them to only one platform can cause ongoing challenges, as you’ll always have people who insist that they need something else. A solution that accommodates diverse platforms from the outset, from iOS to Android to Windows and more, will eliminate headaches in the future.
2. Centralized access to approved services
With so many different people using so many different devices, it’s crucial for IT departments to be sure that everyone is using approved services. Not only is it important for security, it ensures that all users are on the same page when it comes to running apps and accessing data.
Android M is one example of centralized access. They make it easier for corporate-owned-single-use-devices to be toggled from a single controller device. And Microsoft MDM capabilities allow IT teams to define which devices can – and can’t – access data. IT can even remove Office 365 data, using “selective wipe” capabilities that don’t affect the users personal apps and data.
3. Rigorous security controls
One of the biggest enterprise mobility concerns is security – and with good reason. Having so many access points to confidential company documents and information could spell disaster. However, the right security settings can make accessing data on mobile just as safe as desktop access.
Your EMM solution should provide a full audit trail, giving IT teams visibility into when, where, and why data is being accessed. On the user side, devices should offer security mechanisms such as with fingerprint access to personal data, information protection, and permission to access the microphone.
4. Ability to accommodate new apps and solutions
As mobile platforms and apps continue to bring new solutions into the enterprise, it’s important to build your strategy with the future in mind. Mobility is only going to become more critical as the workforce becomes increasingly distributed – and you’ll want to give your teams access to the very best. By allowing apps that make it easier for employees to send critical data to back-office systems, you enable a more seamless experience for everyone.
Here are a couple of examples:
- Concur’s app instantly connects employees to their company travel and expense profile and preferred travel partners. Expense reports very nearly file themselves – no more chasing people down to complete this previously time-consuming chore.
- When it comes to time tracking, TSheets offers mobile apps that let employees track time by job code, hours, and location – directly from their phones. When it’s time to turn in a timecard, it’s as easy as sending a text or tweet to HR.
Once you choose a solution, what’s next?
No matter what EMM solution you choose, communication is the most important success factor of all. BYOD isn’t going away, and it’s critical to educate your employees and disclose company policy around user controls and access. Armed with information, workers can make more informed decisions about when, why, and where they use their devices.
The way businesses approach enterprise mobility solutions is new – and exciting – indication of the way work is changing to become more personalized and efficient. It may be impossible to predict the future, but a wealth of choices and opportunities lie ahead.
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