Overcoming 7 Enterprise Mobility Challenges in Today's BYOD World
According to the iPass Q1 2012 Global Mobile Workforce Report, the average worker is now carrying around an average of 3.5 mobile devices. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, feature phone and all the hybrids of them. We bring these into our work with us, where we have even more devices. Unless your desk looks like the one above, it becomes a veritable mess of electronics.
Just a few years ago, mobile device management (MDM) was a whole lot easier for user and enterprise alike. Many of us toted around data encrypted BlackBerrys that our employers could remotely lock if we lost it. Back then, both the feature sets of the device, and our expectations of how much work we could get done on it, were lower.
Those days are gone, embedded devices have more processing power and functional capability. And unless you're in government, finance, or just slow to adopt, you're using an assortment of different mobile devices. These days, enterprise mobile users need real-time access to multiple corporate applications on a single mobile device to be effective.
7 Enterprise Mobility Challenges
The migration to a more mobile work environment poses significant new challenges for IT organizations. According to enterprise mobility platform provider, Fonemine, today's large organizations face seven key challenges in trying to empower their workforce with mobile technology.
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- Most enterprise applications have no mobile version (yet). So the options are lengthy custom development, or limited use on mobile devices.
- A multitude of point applications that handle complete connected business processes, however lack integration capabilities or connections to the rest of the infrastructure in place in an organization.
- Inconsistent user interfaces make navigating one tool to another a disjointed experience.
- Poor security. An increase in offsite work and a variety of mobile devices can cause problems for corporate IT security pros.
- Vendor-centric apps offer limited or no customization.
- Multiple log-ins. Talk about a productivity killer--it's a hassle and discouraging to getting things done.
- Not all apps can be used on all mobile platforms. That old BlackBerry we talked about, doesn't run the apps a new tablet does. And what's on iOS isn't necessarily on Android.