Although the Internet of Things has overtaken much of the news regarding novel trends in IT, enterprise mobility has remained in a state of flux, with many companies still trying to get a handle on the management demands involved. In fact, plenty of firms have actually begun to cite intentions to completely throw out the BYOD model and start anew due to poor handling of security practices, a lack of support, and virtually no control over the activity taking place through personal smartphones and tablets.
However, there are plenty of businesses that have tried to make BYOD work for them, and with some success, but recent news regarding the spread of mobile threats has certainly raised plenty of questions related to how well these programs can actually play out. One thing is for sure - BYOD, and any approach to enterprise mobility for that matter, can function properly and securely so long as leaders are taking the right steps toward effective policies and management solution deployments.
Enterprise mobility at large is expected to continue being a major target of corporate investments for the foreseeable future, as it would be difficult to identify a company that could not benefit immensely from a strong strategy in place to allow more flexible working environments. Transparency Market Research's latest report forecast the enterprise mobility market to expand at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 25 percent between 2015 and 2022, showing how spending is not plateauing currently.
This would translate to $510.4 billion in global annual spending by 2022, which is more than five-times the $86.4 billion spent last year. If you would like a quick overview of some of the matters that need to be reconciled to get more out of enterprise mobility investments, check out this video from Cisco:
With all this in mind, it might be helpful to hear about some of the newly found standards and best practices companies are following to get more out of enterprise mobility and mitigate the full range of threats involved therein. Each entrepreneur will need to create a highly tailored approach to management to succeed, aligning the policies with corporate requirements and objectives, but a little guidance can go a long way toward helping leaders hit the ground running.
Enterprise Apps Today recently listed some of the more prominent and important steps that need to be taken to ensure that BYOD works properly, with a specific focus on the apps involved. It is worth noting that many firms have already started to use mobile device management solutions, but apps have long been left out of the strategies, putting companies at risk of significant threats and failing to maximize the value of BYOD and other approaches to mobility.
According to the news provider, managers should work to get executive buy-in ahead of mobile app deployments, as budget will need to be high enough to get these projects off the ground, while newer approaches to development might be helpful in this regard. What's more, the source pointed out that while functionality will rely on user-centric app development, firms also need to ensure that backend systems are compatible with the software at all times.
Cloud services have become more popular for infrastructure needs and app development, and companies that are looking to launch a new mobility program without these modern systems should think again soon. Simply put, it will be difficult to optimize mobile frameworks when backend IT is still rooted in legacy or other outdated infrastructure, and cloud computing can be used to quickly improve performance across apps and devices in mobility programs.
Finding a way toward access
Because of security concerns, it appears as though more firms are tightening up the bolts on their mobile access allowances, not granting authorization to a wider range of users. However, a new path toward safe access is starting to sprout up, and this will hopefully bode well for the functionality and user experience questions involved in mobility planning.
Computer Business Review reported that one new study found more than 92 percent of participating firms were no longer allowing full IT access to mobile users, but that two-factor authentication is starting to spread and quell this issue. The news provider cited the finding that 38 percent of participants are now using this approach to authentication for user access control, and that 13 percent more are planning to do so by 2017.
Two-factor authentication has made waves in certain nations of late, but has not yet fully caught on in the United States. It leverages "something that you have and something that you know" to authenticate users through mobile devices, apps and other IT assets, and has been found to be more seamless and efficient than traditional passwords, as well as more secure.
"Business leaders should consider two-factor authentication."
Business leaders who have not yet considered this type of approach to security should do so soon, as it can have tremendously positive impacts on mobile performances and data protection.
Challenges in the future
Tech Cocktail recently provided its top concerns and complexities that were apparent this year and will likely remain as necessary focal points within mobility strategies for the foreseeable future. According to the source, access and security are certainly at the top of the list, but application delivery and IT infrastructure integration are just now beginning to be recognized as significant challenges.
The news provider also argued that new IT asset deployments that impact mobility will have to remain on the average leader's radar going forward.
Again, this ties into the ways in which infrastructure is managed and arranged in practice, in that companies still using traditional IT systems will struggle to strike the right chords in their mobility initiatives. Cloud services and modernized unified communications solutions can help to propel the programs toward much more preferable standings and performances over time. Small-business owners will often benefit from the use of a managed service provider for these particular endeavors.