Mobile solutions and BYOD will continue to be top trends for the enterprise in 2013. No matter where you are in the mobility adoption phase, the below food for thought from industry leaders andtechnology publications can help you plan a secure, business-aligned strategy for mobile solutions.
1. Consider both customised and off-the-shelf apps to both help manage costs and meet a greater number of your business requirements. (Forbes)
2. Mobile malware and electronic attacks are on the rise, so as you move your employees to smartphones and tablets, ensure you educate employees and put the right technology, IT staff and security expertise in place to thwart sophisticated cyber threats. (Symantec)
3. Don’t ever think of your BYOD strategy as finished. Due to ever-changing devices, platforms and operating systems, your organisations and IT department needs to continually review policy and approaches to mobile solutions to ensure it’s carried out in a compliant, secure, business-optimised way. (Computerworld)
4. Avoid scratching the “everything at the BYOD buffet” itch. Only choose mobile solutions that align with business aims and drive value. (Business2Community)
5. It’s no use having a BYOD policy if your employees don’t know about it. While more than two-thirds of participants in a recent BYOD survey said they use personal devices at work, less than a third said their organisation has a BYOD policy. Build a governance model that outlines which department or role is responsible for communicating BYOD guidelines to current and new employees. (MSPmentor)
6. Include other departments in your mobile strategy. Having a collaborative approach means responsibilities can be spread and more widespread education amongst employees can take place. (Forrester)
7. If BYOD doesn’t work for your organisation, consider Choose Your Own Device (CYOD). This enables the IT department to produce a list of devices it feels comfortable supporting so employees can still take advantage of mobile solutions to boost productivity. (ZDNet)
8. Think of smartphones and tablets as siblings to your enterprise desktops, not replacements. By taking a holistic approach to computing, you will allow various worker profiles and business units to choose the method and device that suits them. (TechTarget)
9. Extend support for secure remote access to enterprise data through mobile devices. Putting a plan in place for access from areas outside your organisation will help address possible security breaches and data loss. (SC Magazine)
10. When quantifying ROI for mobile solutions, make sure to include the savings from increased productivity, reduced PC maintenance and better allocated IT resources. (Business2Community)
11. Pick a mobile device management or application management solution that works for you. Consider ease of use, reporting capabilities and enrolment options for employees. (Computerworld)
12. Adapt your big data strategy to BYOD — your mobile employees will generate more enterprise data than ever before, and having a plan in place to analyse it can drive business value. (Forbes)
13. Get out of your technology silo when it comes to mobile solutions. Consider how you can integrate cloud, unified communications and collaboration and social media into your mobility strategy. (Forrester)
What tips would you include for executing enterprise mobile solutions or BYOD programs in 2013?