The mobility explosion is the big bang that keeps expanding. It moved from stages like laptop, blackberry, touch based devices, tablets & more. The boundaries between working “in the office,” “on the road,” or “at home” have been blurred by the untethered power of smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices. Employees expect the flexibility to work on the devices they choose, and employers have come to expect always-on availability. That business requirement often conflicts with those in charge of securing corporate networks and data. In some organizations, this has led to the draconian answer “no.” But today those responses are few and far between. The norm today is, “It depends.” One also can’t forget the microcosm of different departments within an organization, which yet again causes great debate on how much access is needed, balanced against how to protect sensitive data.
To help maximize mobility, a nuanced strategy is the order of the day. For mobility’s transformative potential to be realized, IT needs to become a business partner that understands business drivers and then devises the technology roadmap to support everyone’s goals.
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