Office work is leaving the office, as the new business dynamic is slowly but surely shifting towards the mobile device world. Media tablet sales have recently surpassed 20 million, and IT departments are capitalizing on the popularity of these devices, and venturing into the world of corporate mobile device management.
The move to mobile is not without precedence. School systems, from elementary to college, are taking advantage of the mobile device revolution by implementing a “bring your own device” (or BYOD) policy, where students then use school-provided apps. Teachers are able to turn what would previously have been considered a distraction into a powerful tool for student engagement and interaction, and without having to buy devices for every child out of the school budget.
Similarly, businesses are starting to ask employees to use their devices as mobile work stations, saving a significant equipment investment, improving the learning curve for employees (they are, after all, already familiar with their own devices) and alleviating a common IT hassle, since web-based apps are much easier to update and maintain than multiple copies of software on many different machines.
But the trend is not without its difficulties as well. Security is the number one concern for many companies, as that many devices with company access also means that many more points of access for would-be thieves. Certain iPad and iPhone security apps and iphone management software are available to monitor “on the clock” activity, as well as lock down sensitive access as soon as a device is reported missing or stolen
Despite the difficulties, mobile device management and Byod is rapidly becoming a popular business model. As mobile technology improves and evolves, the potential for business application will improve and evolve as well. In a decade, who know what the “office” will look like?
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