In my two previous blogs, I’ve talked about two key requirements for any mobility program: secure mobile workspaces to enable BYOD and effective mobile device management to prevent data breaches on corporate-owned devices. As an IT professional, you might be saying, that all sounds great, but how am I supposed to deliver all that security with my complex IT environment and limited IT staff?
These concerns are completely valid.
Today’s mobile environments encompass a wide range of devices.
Your IT team is likely managing a large number of personally owned and corporate-owned smartphones, tablets and laptops, and dealing with multiple versions of both Apple iOS, Mac OS, Windows and Android operating systems. That complexity will only increase in the coming years. For example, a Dimensional Research survey sponsored by Dell found that most organizations expect both the number and variety of devices to continue to grow in the next few years.
Managing that growing complexity — no matter your IT staff’s experience and expertise — requires an effective window into your mobile infrastructure enterprise. While most IT organizations do use systems management tools (often three or more of them!), only about half say their tools can support all the platforms, operating systems and device types they must manage. That means systems management has moved beyond management of traditional computer endpoints and into a new world where “anypoint” systems management will be the imperative for securing and tracking virtually anything with a network connection.
A better approach is to manage all mobile devices, as well as their applications and content, from a single pane of glass. An overwhelming majority (89 percent) of organizations that lack such a consolidated view would like to have one. Let’s explore some of the key features of such a tool:
Learn more about building a secure mobile enterprise
Nearly every organization today wants to reap the benefits of modern mobile technologies — without sacrificing security or overwhelming IT. Secure mobile workspaces, effective MDM, and single-pane-of-glass management are critical components of a successful BYOD strategy. To learn more about achieving a secure mobile enterprise, read our whitepaper, “The Secure Mobile Enterprise.”