The lack of a strategic approach to the Consumerization of Enterprise Mobility creates security risks, financial exposure and a management nightmare for IT.
Employees around the globe are increasingly becoming more mobile as wireless devices and mobile data networks become ubiquitous, simple to use and affordable. The business benefits of extending enterprise data and applications to mobile workers are already apparent. These benefits include higher productivity, higher customer satisfaction and higher talent retention, to name just a few. Many recent studies from Gartner, IDC, Forrester and others point out that almost half of the U.S. workforce is already mobile and away from the primary work location for more than 20% of the time. Typologies of mobile workers may include road warriors, field workers, day extenders – checking email from home before going to the office, business travelers, tele-workers and so on. In fact, it is probably fair to say that every worker is already an occasional mobile worker as the traditional boundaries of the office have blurred into homes, hotels, conference centers, airports, busses, trains, airplanes and many other commercial venues such as coffee shops and malls.
Increasingly, a company’s ability to compete depends on enabling these mobile workers so they can be productive wherever they are. However, this is much easier to say than to do. Enterprise mobility comes with its own unique blend of strategic and operational challenges:
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