The pace at which technological advancements are taking place clearly shows that the current technology will become a thing of the past within few months of its launch in the market. Such a fast trend shift is much prevalent in the mobile devices industry. The technological enhancements in mobile devices are giving rise to new opportunities for users and challenges for enterprises.
The computational tasks which were once performed by supercomputers that occupied larger space are now being performed by a palm-size smartphones. These smartphones are capable of performing most powerful tasks that we can imagine. These technological innovations have been consistently taking place in the past and will continue in the future. The advent of iPads and iPhones have disrupted the market by completely changing the working style and thus the concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) evolved. The BYOD concept poses many challenges within the enterprises.
The much talked about Google Glass which is ready to be launched in 2014, the recently introduced Smart-watches and many such technological inventions which are all set to be introduced might cause further disruptions that results in BYOD 2.0. So how enterprises are going to deal with BYOD 2.0? Mobile Device Diversity and Management is one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2014. This is a safety measure recommended by the analyst suggesting enterprises to actively adapt the change. Presently, companies are managing a host of devices which includes tablets and smartphones. Additionaly, wearable gadgets will further create more challenges for IT teams to manage a diveristy of devices.
With the introduction of new gadgets in the market, security concerns holds paramount importance for enterprises. Elements such as virus threats, device hacking and mismanagement of devices will continue acting as a channel for data leakage. On the contrary, IT departments cannot prevent wide array of devices in the company premises because employees who have been using smartphones in the past will surely remain open to the next wave of inventions and expect their employees to allow the use of new devices for work.
Though there has been dynamic developments in mobile device ecosystem, the basic principles still remain the same. Hence it becomes important for IT departments to come up with strong policies, create awareness, define device limitations and tweak policies to accommodate next-gen devices. Some of the steps that can help IT teams to reduce the risks of BYOD 2.0 are:
In order to adapt the new technology, it is better to set expectations depending on the roles and IT requirements of the employee for using the device. This helps organizations in quickly streamlining the correct set of users, ensure effective productivity at work and data security.
Policies are crucial for companies as they define the rights and responisibilities of the IT department and the employees, in protecting the interest of the company and employees. In order to come up with effective legal policy, the law team must ensure that the policies are in sync with the local laws in maintaining right degree of privacy levels and make sure that policies are implemented.
The IT department should conduct educational sessions on the significance of BYOD and how it can benefit employees. It is cricital to achieve a mutual understanding between the IT team and the end user due to consumerization. The IT people must create awareness about the steps involved in BYOD lifecycle from self-registration to device retirement.
The saying one-size-fits-all does not go well with mobile device management as every organization has varied needs. Generally, MDM vendors offer standard mobile device management features while some provide advanced features that might not be suitable for few companies. Some enterprises seek only basic MDM features while others may look for Enterprise Mobility Management or an Integrated Desktop and Mobile Device Management functionality – whatever is required to fulffil the MDM demands and for data security.
Consider following points before choosing MDM software:
Both BYOD and BYOD 2.0 have their share of risks, but ignoring the opportunities that they offer will be even a bigger stupidity. IT teams need to be proactive in actively embracing the new innovations and be prepared to face the risks in future.
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