Three key considerations for enterprise mobility strategies
INDUSTRY| Aug. 24, 2012, 8:04 a.m.
By Alexandra Zagury, MD for South and Southern Africa at Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind BlackBerry
Consumerisation of IT - the trend of end-users bringing their own technologies to work - has changed the world in which CIOs and IT managers operate. Today, they're not as able to dictate platforms and standards to their mobile users as they were five years ago.
Yet they're still expected to ensure that users are productive and information is secure on devices that are often owned and controlled by employees rather than the enterprise. Here are a few factors that IT managers should be thinking about as they roll out mobile strategies and choose their core platforms.
Living in a multi-platform world
Consumerisation means that IT departments are faced with the challenge of centrally managing several mobile platforms simultaneously. IT managers should be looking for cross-platform mobile device management (MDM) solutions to ensure that their mobile employees can be productive without compromising enterprise governance and information security.
A good MDM solution will offer a single console to manage and control all devices. One such solution is the new BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion solution that brings together the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server (version 5.0.3) for BlackBerry® smartphones; new management capabilities for BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets built on BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology; and mobile device management for smartphones and tablets running Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems.
Separating the professional from the personal
A major headache for CIOs and IT managers is preventing the accidental leakage of data from smartphones and tablet computers when employees use these devices in both their personal and professional lives. RIM is helping managers address this with tools such as BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which enables businesses to protect their assets while letting employees install their favourite applications.
BlackBerry Balance is designed to separate corporate and personal data within the operating system of BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. This ensures, for example, that a user can't copy and paste data from a work app into a personal app. This prevents accidental or deliberate sharing of company data through the user's personal email or social media accounts.
Securing information assets
Mobile devices can be easily lost or stolen so companies need to take steps to secure data stored on the devices and prevent unauthorised users from accessing corporate networks. Companies need to look for end-to-end solutions, from on-device features to centralised management of end-user handsets and tablets.
Some features to look for include the ability to protect corporate data stored on devices using strong encryption methods; IT controls to remotely lock, wipe or de-register devices in the event that they are lost or stolen; and the ability to wirelessly adjust security levels up or down or implement new policies without needing to touch devices.
MORE INDUSTRY NEWS
GSMA case study: Nomanini enables rapid, reliable prepaid retail in informal marketsA new case study from GSMA has highlighted the Nomanini mobile point of sale terminal and cloud-based distribution platform. Read More
Citrix, Google enhance enterprise security and management of Android devicesXenMobile Supports Android for Work; Extends Citrix Leadership in Secure Mobile Workspace Solutions for the Broadest Array of Devices. Read More
Make life easier for your customers with recurring paymentsMerchants should implement recurring payments within their businesses to improve their own cash flow and reduce costs, but automatic billing can also help build customer loyalty through the added convenience. Read More
Accelya Solution to help Air Namibia to manage costs and profitabilityAir Namibia expands relationship with Accelya; selects cost management and flight profitability solutions. Read More
Wipro Invests R3.8 million in skills development, job creation in SAWipro Ltd, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, has announced an investment of R3.8 million towards skills development and job creation in South Africa. Read More
Airtel Niger selects Ericsson for 3G network deploymentAirtel, Niger’s leading mobile service provider has named Ericsson as their exclusive 3G HSPA end-to-end hardware, software and related service vendor in Niger Republic. Read More
Orange Mali upgrades WiMAX infrastructureOrange Mali recently selected Alepo to enhance its WiMAX core infrastructure via Alepo’s high-performance AAA infrastructure. Read More
CommVault, Crayon partner to bring data management software to EMEA cloud service providersCommVault has announced that its data management platform would be available via EMEA cloud hosting partners through a new strategic aggregator partnership with Crayon, a global leader in service provider licensing, management and consultancy. Read More
Printronix announces partnership with Talk TechnologyPrintronix, a leading manufacturer of line printing solutions has signed an African distribution partnership for Africa with IT distributor Talk Technology. Read More
FEATURED STORYMalawi Govt denies clinging to ‘Cashgate’ software
The Malawi Government will not exclude the software brand that has been in use for the country’s Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS), but it has rejected reports implying that it is ‘clinging’ to the old system.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya’s digital TV battle hots up
Kenya’s journey to Digital TV broadcasting took a new turn this week, when the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) accused three local media firms of intent to disrupt the process.