As the small business community continues to embrace mobile technology, more and more companies have decided to take the leap. Faster mobile connections and the availability of tablets and smartphones are creating more opportunities for small businesses than ever before.
While the lifestyle of the workplace continues to change, mobile devices are on target for becoming a necessity rather than an advantage over your competition. Many experts firmly believe that the age of the PC is over for many industries, replaced by technology that promotes decentralization, collaboration, and productivity.
Companies today are also embracing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategy, promoting efficiency and cost savings. According to David Wills, vice president and analyst at Gartner:
“BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades. The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or avoiding costs.”
This being said, Gartner predicts that over half of employers will expect their employees to bring their own mobile devices to work in 2017. Trent Fierro, the director of security and software solutions marketing at Aruba explains:
“Our advice to any enterprise is to address BYOD and mobility in phases. Determine where data loss can cause the most damage, which groups are most susceptible and how vulnerable the business is.”
So what does this mean for your company’s future? Now is the time to consider the best way to manage these mobile devices, and research is key. There are a wide variety of MDM (Mobile Device Management) platforms currently available, and some of the most popular vendors include:
With a bit of research you’ll be well on your way to securing the future of your business mobile device usage by promoting safety, security and growth.