While commercial apps pay high attention to user experience, organisations are talking of user empowerment with any device any location access.
Users expect the look and feel of a commercial app while being able to perform activities they would from the office desk. A business can use anywhere between 30-15000 apps! The dilemma however, is how many of these are useful to employees on their mobile device? Who are the most likely group of workers to use a certain class of apps? and the complexity of managing and administering security on all devices across geographies.
Various groups within the organisation have separate mandates. IT is looking at a scalable and self-serviced, secure environment while the business is looking at increased productivity and higher employee satisfaction and the CFO’s office is looking at the financial impact. Buy in from each of the groups is the key to success. The presentation dealt with the common pitfalls in security that can be avoided and means to build a foolproof solution that allows for a great deal of flexibility.
A pharmaceutical company or a financial company which come under the keen eye of regulations may choose to have only a few groups to use a mobile device with multiple layers of security while a social company may have a slightly less relaxed policy for B-Y-O device management. The panel stressed that, irrespective of the nature of business and policies, all data must be encrypted and make the user more informed for businesses to see the advantages of a BYOD enabled workforce.
In Conclusion, BYOD is a reality that will become a way of life for most organisations. Businesses with field force are one of the first set of organisations to adopt BYOD . Saving time, increased productivity and better control while keeping the workforce connected and in sync are a few advantages that #mEdge users have reported.