Not only does the increasingly widespread use of mobile devices mark the beginning of the post-PC era, it also forces companies to rethink. But still there are some stubbornly persistent myths about enterprise mobility, which now means far more than just checking e-mails, calendars and contacts. We investigate nine myths about Enterprise Mobility to shed some light on the matter.
#1 Mobility strategy?
It’s enough just to buy the mobile devices.
Unfortunately that’s not enough! Mobility is far more than mobile device management: A sustainable mobility strategy includes issues such as app management, data storage and data security.
#2 Enterprise mobility management – Only a software installation and nothing else!
The successful rollout of an enterprise mobility management solution can only work if the people involved are willing to change processes. This will require thorough planning. And that’s the actual challenge.
#3 Smaller companies don’t need enterprise mobility management
Partially correct at best!
The introduction of an enterprise mobility management tool can be worthwhile from as little as ten devices. So it is an issue for small companies and government agencies as well. Or do you really want to set up, manage and back up each of your devices by hand? Mistakes would be preprogrammed.
#4 Mobility is entirely up to the IT administrators
Not true! IT administrators are important and play a key role in managing the issue. But successful implementation of enterprise mobility management will not be possible without including senior management, the works council and the technical departments.
#5 One company, one policy – that’s all it takes
That would be nice …
It’s certainly the ideal scenario for any IT department. In practice, though, there will always be different policies for different executive levels, for instance the board, management and employees.
#6 Everyone can operate the new technology from the get-go!
Most people can handle the basic functions of smartphones and tablets. But the effective use of business apps is an entirely different matter. So training is imperative.
#7 What about mobile security? Only external protection counts for me
Not entirely …
Danger is not always lurking on the outside when mobile devices are in use. There are vulnerabilities inside the company especially, for instance when employees save company data to private cloud solutions.
#8 You can’t work productively on a tablet.
Are you sure?
The recreational multimedia device has since become a productive tool for work. Of course, it will always depend on the user’s working habits. But there is certainly potential for more widespread use.
#9 The strategy is clear – now the issue is dealt with.
Hardly any other issue is as fast paced as mobility. So its dynamic development needs to be the yardstick for a company’s strategy if it wants to remain fit for the future.
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