When you think about the things that impact daily life, what comes to mind? Is mobility at or near the top of your list? Because it’s become such an “automatic” part of what we do both in our personal and professional lives, it’s easy to overlook. Yet the reality is that mobility touches every aspect of our lives — and, more importantly, is a key driver of every business these days.

Mobility has changed the way we communicate and collaborate, and has truly enhanced these aspects of business. Statistics show that 84% of employees use some kind of mobile device (smartphone, tablet or laptop) for work1, and in some companies, that number has risen to 100%. As part of our culture, business professionals expect to be able to access corporate email, files and data from anywhere any time. However, many employees are accessing this information without permission from IT, thus rendering corporate data on devices that have no security, encryption or organizational control.

As apps, iBeacons and machine-to-machine technology expand, companies must consider not only the opportunities that exist in using mobile devices but the risks that come with them. Cyber security, data breaches and data leakage are just a few of the primary security challenges. With more than 12,000 smartphones alone being lost, stolen or misplaced every day in the US2, it’s clear that protecting a company’s data is everyone’s job!

Simultaneously, companies who want to maintain their competitive advantage are recognizing that opportunities abound for increased productivity and cost reduction with mobility. Meanwhile, businesses lacking a comprehensive mobile strategy may find themselves succumbing to the fate of notable giants like Kodak, Blackberry and Blockbuster who failed to leverage technology to innovate.

Mobile devices are being purchased at more than a 6:1 ratio over desktop PCs3, which coincides with the notion that today’s workforce demands data access, device freedom and the ability to work differently. Though most companies have discussed mobility in some form, many place it low on their priority list. In reality, we must no longer rely on the processes and tools that made us successful in years past; businesses must consider the leading indicators of our culture and find smart, cost-effective ways to leverage the power of mobility.

Don’t put yourself in a position to find your business out of touch and out of time. Contact TechOrchard at 913.685.1475 for help crafting a tailored plan to implement Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) in your organization today.

1 VMware Model for Enterprise Mobility: The Keys to Greater Productivity Are Already in Your Employees’ Hands. 2013, VMware, Inc. Available online at: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/VMW-EB-MOBILITY-CLOUD_USLET.pdf.

2 State of the Net Survey. 2014, Consumer Reports National Research Center. Available online at http://pressroom.consumerreports.org/pressroom/2014/04/my-entry-1.html.

3 Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles, and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2011-2018, 2Q14 Update. June 2014, Gartner, Inc. Press release available online at http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2791017.