Mobilizing your business with IT is not simple as it seems.  The use of mobile phones creates a number of challenges and these challenges must be addressed if mobilization of the business is to succeed.

The first challenge of mobile integration into the business is fragmentation. Mobile devices are constantly changing and evolving. A number of new devices are hitting the market and are being used by employees and customers. These devices vary in size, operating systems, and in the types of applications they use, and this can be bewildering. Mobile teams design, build and release software at a mind-numbing speed.  Cloud backup service providers attempting to integrate these various mobile devices into their overarching offerings must keep pace with the change and development if they want to remain competitive. Enterprises authorizing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) must be ready to accommodate the demands of this new world of rapidly changing technology.

The second challenge of mobile integration with Cloud services is kind of risk involved. Employees using mobile devices for work tend to use the same device for personal work, too. They download several third party applications for personal use. As a result, poor quality applications located on mobile devices can create unsuspected and unexpected vulnerabilities on the network.  Businesses are aware that they need to find a way to isolate third party applications downloaded into employee owned mobile devices, from enterprise related applications.

A quick look at successful mobile deployments in the Cloud shows that the success stems from the adoption of a mobile management strategy by the service providers. The strategy defines the “how” and “what” of mobile management and focuses attention on security of corporate data. Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) are being intensely discussed and vendors are becoming players in the mobile landscape.  They partner with mobile device manufacturers to provide mobility solutions to their customers as and when they sign up for the Cloud service.  Terms like Device-driven management, containerization, are being spouted to showcase their ability to configure, update and deliver mobility to the business. Security solutions on offer for the Cloud include security solutions that deal with mobile security based on sandboxes and containers.

If your business is supportive of BYOD or is planning to go mobile, here are some questions to ask your service provider

  • What kind of mobility solutions do they offer?
  • How scalable is the solution?
  • What kind of deployment model is being offered?
  • What type of security enablement do they offer?
  • What kind of standardizations and certifications are offered?
  • Do they have customers who have similar mobility issues?
  • How have they solved their problems?
  • What kind of support can you expect?
  • Who are the provider’s mobile service partners?

Do you have any BYOD issues at your firm? Let Securstore help you mobilize your business. Please contact us for a free, no obligation consultation.