For years we’ve been working with and talking to organizations of all sizes across industries about the value of meaningful mobility. Though some aspects of mobility are beginning to mature, the constant of technology innovation and its impact on the workforce make it important that we continue to examine current and future trends. This year, Samsung commissioned Oxford Economics to examine the state of enterprise mobility in 2018, and together they highlight five key enterprise mobility trends, some of which are no-brainers while others might surprise you.
- Mobile is a must.
While it’s certainly no surprise to us, more than 80% of survey respondents report their employees needing mobile devices in order to effectively do their jobs. Moreover, 75% say these devices are essential to business workflows. From keeping employees engaged out of office and in off-peak hours, mobile is a requirement for keeping pace with today’s business demands.
- BYO vs. corporate-owned devices? Not so fast.
For several years, companies were feeling forced into picking a singular approach for addressing BYOD. Some choose to prohibit it altogether; others welcomed such devices with open arms. Though the love-hate relationship of BYOD may continue, the majority of organizations (52%) are now using a hybrid approach to how various devices fit into their overall mobility plans and how they’re addressed in policies.
- The cost of BYOD is complex.
Mistakenly, many organizations opting for a full-on BYOD strategy do so because of the perceived cost savings. However, businesses are increasingly offering stipends to employees who report needing mobile devices to conduct standard business. Additionally, the associated mobile management costs for some organizations of a BYOD environment can eliminate any savings altogether.
- Businesses are turning to companies like us for help!
While DIY mobile management is working for some organizations, many are opting to outsource this aspect of their business to ultimately see cost and resource savings. Due to the nuances of creating, deploying and managing a UEM or EMM platform, implementing mobile device usage policies, and working to get an entire company on board, hiring professional help may be the way to go.
- A one-size-fits-all approach isn’t cutting it.
In examining mobile maturity indicators, including satisfaction with mobile devices as work tools, deployment of business applications, and benefits associated with mobile security and workforce collaboration, companies using a highly personalized approach to mobile are winning. Specifically, enterprises that provide devices to at least 20% of employees – but not to every employee – scored the highest.
For years at Tech Orchard, we’ve worked to hammer home that no matter what your specific goals and objectives are, or how you approach leveraging mobile devices in your workforce, if you’re not making mobility a priority you’re going to get left behind. Enterprise mobility trends aren’t going to come and go; rather, companies willing to leverage mobility as a meaningful differentiator and competitive advantage will simply continue to evolve as they do for continued success. Contact us to find out how the Tech Orchard team can help.
Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace report notes that just 33% of workers in the U.S. are engaged at work. As organizations look for ways to increase engagement and boost productivity, all while keeping data management and security at the forefront of their efforts, it’s clear that modern management is essential for ongoing success.
As consumers adjust their technology preferences, some such preferences are making their way into the workplace as well. One notable change is to the preferred browser. Internet Explorer was the most popular web browser through 2015 until Chrome overtook the top spot in 2016, according to a Net Market Share report. The popularity of Chrome has been expanded and refined in the increasingly popular Chromebook devices on the market, which offer “the best of Google built-in.” To help companies address and manage these devices, VMware released the industry’s first unified endpoint management (UEM) support for the Chrome operating system (Chrome OS) through Workspace ONE.
At Tech Orchard, we are no strangers to the digital workspace, a space that is constantly evolving. We continue to see businesses challenged with balancing employee needs for productivity and mobile collaboration with a secure environment that features the same ease-of-use expected from a consumer-like experience. Underscored by the expanding bring your own device (BYOD) culture, the current digital workspace points to a clear need for unified endpoint management (UEM).
For more than a year, the intense debate surrounding data access and control has raged on. After the San Bernardino massacre in December 2015, Apple and the FBI feuded about access to data on the iPhone 5C used by one of the attackers. Several other court cases touched on the subject of digital privacy throughout last year, including one we covered in our blog in December 2016 in which the Florida Court of Appeals bucked the trend of siding on behalf of protecting users by ruling that the government can force an iPhone user to release the passcode to unlock his/her phone. This week, privacy proponents have been dealt another blow.