Think about how new technologies have changed the way we consume music over the past 50 years. From vinyl to cassette tapes, from CDs to MP3s, and now to digital services like Spotify and Pandora, technological advancements can disrupt entire industries and significantly improve user experiences.
Similarly, the way we do business evolves in less than a generation. Not too long ago, IT managers were faced with the concept of BYOD and the increased complexity it carried due to the proliferation of mobile devices entering the business environment.
Today, commercial mobility involves much more. Employees expect a different style of computing to get work done and make their jobs easier. Every organization needs a mobile strategy that’s versatile enough to address the massive shift in where and how we work. To be truly productive, an organization’s strategy must rely on quality and durable devices, broad security controls, and policies that allow IT to easily manage devices.
There are four components of a smart mobile strategy that moves past BYOD. As you evaluate next-gen mobility solutions, keep these four insights in mind:
1. Increased efficiency: The BYOD trend will likely transition to a policy of CYOD (Choose Your Own Device), in which mobile devices are selected by end users, but purchased and owned by the organization. As commercial mobility workloads have evolved beyond just email, CYOD ensures all devices are used for business purposes, and are owned and managed by IT.
CYOD is an increasingly attractive option because there isn’t a “one size fits all” mobile strategy that addresses the needs and preferences of individual employees while also protecting the company’s interests. CYOD can provide that balance while reducing the number of headaches within IT.
2. Superior security: Protecting corporate data is the top priority for every IT department. Given their size and portability, mobile devices are susceptible to theft and loss, which means they need the same — if not higher — level of security as an office PC or laptop.
Reduce the risk of unauthorized parties or malicious third-party apps from accessing sensitive information through security features like full device encryption, biometrics (e.g., fingerprint scanning), multi-factor authentication, and remote wiping capabilities. These controls mean employees won’t have to go out of their way to adhere to security and compliance policies, while you rest assured that company data is secure.
3. Seamlessness: I often hear this major pain point: the inability to use legacy desktop applications on a mobile device. Usually, employees begrudgingly synchronize multiple email clients and calendars or have to shuffle work from their desk to conference rooms and off-site meetings. Plus, consider the number of devices, cables, and chargers your employees have to lug around.
Simplify your environment by enabling employees to access everything on a single device, eliminating device switching and data musical chairs. No more start-stop friction; let employees work continuously wherever they may be.
4. Powerful add-ons: PCs are still the primary way most employees get work done today, but end users want more; PCs aren’t mobile enough and word processing or number crunching isn’t always an ideal experience on a tablet. This is where we need to go beyond BYOD and bring PC-based productivity to mobility.
At the very least, your mobile offerings must include a fully functional keyboard, docking capabilities, and external display connectivity. This allows end users to live in a world where content consumption and creation on the go is possible — in the office, on the road, at home, or at a customer site.
In addition to devices and accessories, consider apps that streamline an employee’s workflow. There are hundreds of apps available that enable employees to customize a mobile device for certain work or even their specific industry. Seek out apps that offer PC-like productivity on the small screen.
Take the next step
Organizations of all sizes have reacted valiantly to the rise of mobile devices, but many have fallen behind because herding all of the devices in an environment is too tall a task for IT to handle. But we’ve hit a new normal and way of doing business — CYOD. When employees pick the devices they want to use, they’re likely to be more productive and work more efficiently.
With the newest category of commercial-specific mobile computing on the horizon, we’re moving beyond BYOD and toward a true breakthrough in mobile workflow. Organizations must strive to develop a strategy that is efficient, secure, and seamless. The components of a next-gen mobile environment will improve productivity and be the remedy to the headaches that once plagued employees and IT alike.
If you’re looking to simplify your business processes, talk to your SHI account executive. Together, we look forward to reinventing mobility with you.
About the author
Michael Park is the vice president and general manager of Mobility for HP’s Personal Systems Group. In this role, Park is accountable for P&L growth of the company’s mobility portfolio and business spanning devices, software, and services globally.