As the BYOD ("bring-your-own-device") trend accelerates faster than the ability for many IT departments to manage it, enterprise mobility plans for 2015 need to focus on how best to manage and secure the proliferation of devices and channels.
Enterprise mobility is set to continue as a hot topic in the IT sector in 2015. With new, bigger and more powerful smartphone technology being introduced into the market, organisations need to be better equipped at how to manage these devices and ensure that data usage across the enterprise network is used efficiently.
Creating an efficient mobile device strategy is dependent upon setting clear policy and on being prepared for issues across all devices, channels and systems. Mobility strategies in 2015 should consider the following:
- Devices and channels – Android / iPhone, smartphones, tablets and wearable technology
- Operating systems – iOS, Android and Windows Phone
- Software – web-based apps, downloadable apps and services
For organisations operating a strictly company-owned mobile device policy, the considerations above may be fairly straight forward to manage. However, both unauthorised and authorised BYOD usage in the workplace present numerous challenges to the enterprise and should be considered in all mobility plans regardless of whether employee-owned devices are allowed or not. However, the reality is that BYOD has had to be embraced by the majority of organisations and, as such, IT departments need to be more efficient in how they manage all devices and channels, operating systems and software. This challenge can be made easier by having a clear BYOD policy and by ensuring that your employees and fully aware of, and considered, in the formulation of that policy.
However, one of the bigger mobility challenges in 2015 will be the proliferation of more advanced mobile technology and how to support it. For larger organisations, a less comprehensive BYOD policy may not be enough to ensure that your data remains secure and your IT team have the resources to support your mobile staff. This is where some companies may need to look at alternative mobility strategy frameworks such as COPE ("corporate owned, personally enabled") which allows the enterprise greater control of the device and of secure access to data without, supposedly, infringing on the employee's ability to privately use the device for personal communications. COPE is likely to be another hot topic in mobile IT next year, raising questions about security and efficiency for employers and privacy and productivity gains for employees.
In terms of new devices purchased or brought into the enterprise by the employee, a significant consideration for 2015 will be the screen size of smartphones. Newer models of smartphone are veering towards larger screen sizes resulting in higher monthly data usage. IT departments need to plan for an increase in costs resulting from higher wireless data traffic on third party and internal Wi-Fi networks.
Finally, organisations need to fully assess mobile security in 2015. As mobile devices proliferate, so too do the security risks associated with them. IT Managers need to ensure that devices connected to the corporate network are not running applications or cloud services liable to compromise your data. Recently, mobile operating systems and applications have become the target of advanced persistent threats attempting to gain access to corporate data. Mobility strategies in 2015 need to take account of, and actively manage emerging threats with a particular focus on the deployment of malware and security software across the network.
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