By Roger Bjork, Director, Dell Mobility Solutions Marketing
Since the major burst of momentum in 2007 for the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, employees have continually sought ways to incorporate their personally owned devices into the workplace to facilitate remote and mobile productivity. Organizations, meanwhile, have increasingly accommodated user demands by supporting employee devices or enabling them to select preferred devices from several options.
Both users and organizations can benefit from these arrangements. Workers gain greater flexibility to work anytime, anywhere on the devices and applications with which they are most comfortable. Organizations can help boost worker productivity and collaboration while helping to increase employee satisfaction.
Developing a tailored BYOD strategy
Smaller organizations with a single location and a relatively small number of employees will need a different BYOD strategy than large, multinational corporations with a highly distributed workforce and a diverse array of devices and systems in use across the organization. Organizations in highly regulated industries (such as banking or healthcare) require a strategy that incorporates different, more rigorous security and compliance measures.An in-depth analysis of where organizations fit on the complexity/security matrix is essential for finding the right current BYOD strategy. Organizations must also plan for the future — they need to develop a strategy and select solutions that can scale and accommodate ongoing change.
Identifying critical needs and capabilities
To reach their BYOD goals, most organizations will need capabilities to address four essential challenges:
1. Managing devices and users
Organizations often must accommodate a wide variety of mobile devices and operating systems. Employees expect to use those devices to access key business applications, including applications for collaboration, customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and more. To meet this demand in a way that balances security with efficiency, organizations need to easily identify and track all devices accessing networks, find methods to centralize and control personal mobile devices, and enable users to access the business applications and data they require.
2. Optimizing the infrastructure
Employees increasingly are connecting two or even three devices to the network simultaneously, which places a higher demand on the IT infrastructure. In addition, many of these devices run in permanently connected mode. As a result, the number of connections grows exponentially along with the total bandwidth requirement. Organizations must optimize their IT infrastructures so they can provide the required bandwidth and security while controlling costs.3. Securing data
To expand network access to new device categories and employee-owned devices, organizations need to review security for the network, endpoints and applications. They must protect data from the device to the data center, secure data in transit and at rest, control data no matter what device it is on, and remotely wipe devices if necessary. 4. Developing and modernizing applications
BYOD creates challenges for application compatibility and software licensing as the number and types of devices expand. Organizations need to understand application usage patterns and have a clear picture of software licensing compliance. They must also discover ways to deliver enterprise applications to users’ preferred devices. For some organizations, that will involve developing applications that can accommodate the screen sizes and operating systems of mobile devices.
Matching the solution to the needs of the enterpriseDesigned to address specific capabilities that organizations need to meet their BYOD goals, Dell offers complete, end-to-end solution sets. These solution sets incorporate mobile systems and devices with security, network access, systems management, application enablement and services. Organizations have the flexibility to easily integrate these solution sets into their existing IT landscape in the way that best suits their needs, while providing the flexibility to grow with them as needs change.
Here are the Dell Mobility Solution Sets that can help you meet your BYOD goals:
Mobile AccessThe Mobile Access Solution Set helps organizations provide their employees with mobile email, calendar and contact information, as well as secure access to the corporate intranet and web apps from BYO devices. This solution set extends existing systems management while avoiding complexity and helping to maintain control. Secure remote access capabilities help streamline the provisioning of anytime, anywhere access to corporate resources. Data security capabilities help ensure that organizations can retain control over corporate and customer information, and maintain compliance, whether data resides on a mobile device or even external media.
Cloud Experience The Cloud Experience Solution Set can help organizations extend the cloud model to BYOD, enabling them to extend endpoint security, accelerate deployment of new applications and simplify management of the entire IT environment. Personal cloud services can help provide users with the documents and applications they need on their preferred devices. Cloud-based security helps ensure protection of sensitive data in cloud environments, while management designed for cloud environments helps simplify IT administration.Network Optimization The Network Optimization Solution Set helps organizations deliver the network bandwidth required for a growing volume of mobile devices and enable secure access to data and applications from devices on the enterprise network, without affecting the existing infrastructure or compromising security. Organizations can run one network for both guests and employees while maintaining different security and service levels for each. The solution helps organizations securely bring devices on board, admit guest users, monitor device usage, secure data residing on devices and perform health assessments. Application Modernization and DevelopmentThe Application Modernization and Development Solution Set enables organizations to extend new and existing business applications to a wide variety of end-user devices while helping organizations provide an improved user experience thatcan maintain or increase performance and availability. Dell experts help assessthe organization’s current application portfolio and design the appropriate architecture to enable long-term IT optimization. Leveraging extensive experience in diverse development platforms, the Dell team works closely with the organization’s IT group to implement, develop and deploy the best application solutions.
Setting new standards for enterprise mobility
Organizations can use these solutions to deploy or enhance BYOD in whatever way is most appropriate for them, regardless of what stage they are in with their BYOD implementation.
Dell is uniquely positioned to deliver complete mobility solutions to help manage everything from mobile devices to network access and security. Dell™ Mobility Solutions offer the flexibility to accommodate all mobility business models — including those that use corporate-issued devices, choose-your-own devices and bring-your-own devices.For more information about Dell Mobility Solutions, visit: dellmobilitysolutions.com
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