Enterprise Mobility

Enterprise Mobility: How To Manage It All, In or Out of the Office

The 21st century workplace is not just built with brick and mortar. An increasing amount of employees may or may not have a desk in an office, but work offsite—at home or on the road. How they connect to do their jobs is through the cloud via mobile devices.

Everyone can now be the same virtual page with communication tools such as videoconferencing, email, and other collaboration services. Working outside of the office has become part of the normal way of doing business, increasing work productivity. What holds this all together as the overall digital structure of this mobile workplace is called enterprise mobility.

Enterprise mobility is primarily comprised of four areas:

  • Employees—in the office or telecommuting
  • Devices—smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers
  • Data—documents, presentations, data backups, etc.
  • Networking—Wireless networks, cloud computing, collaboration services, telephony

But with greater mobility comes greater responsibility: security risks can make a business more vulnerable and upend all the usefulness of a mobile workplace. It’s one thing to have all of your equipment such as computers and phones in one physical place, where it’s a lot less likely that someone will be able to steal items as well as access your company’s data. But if you have mobile devices across town, across the country, or around the world, then it’s much easier for not only smartphones or laptops to be lost or stolen, but for a security breach to happen.