In looking back, this year has been an interesting one for mobility. Given the amount of time the concept of data security has spent in the news cycle (Equifax breach, anyone?), it’s starting to become top of mind for a growing number of organizations. And I’m not just referring to big business. Recent research has underscored the importance of mobile security in small businesses, and opened discussions about this IT priority for some who had never previously considered themselves a target for cyber criminals. Meanwhile, leading solutions providers like VMware continue to innovate and find new ways to meet such business demands.
At Tech Orchard, we’ve spoken with clients and written about the importance of taking precautionary security measures to protect mobile devices. For most users, the first step is setting a password to lock their smartphone or tablet. PINs and thumbprints are options available on devices from various manufacturers, while pattern lock is widely used as a mechanism for authentication and authorization on Android devices. Unfortunately for pattern lock users, this security method may be anything but secure.
In this environment of expanding digital workspaces, mobile devices are connected to more data than at any other time in history. Study after study shows that mobile access is increasing at an exponential rate. This comes as no surprise given that each of us are finding ways to use our mobile devices for an incredible number of functions, from sending email to conducting research, from shopping to looking up driving directions, from accessing company resources to creating on-the-job efficiencies.
As secure enterprise mobility becomes an increasingly relevant business objective, IT executives and professionals are looking for ideas, insights and best practices on finding a better balance between employee preferences and company priorities. Therefore, it’s no surprise that we experienced such an uptick in attendance at Tech Orchard’s second annual Mobile Brew. More than 110 attendees from top Kansas City companies joined us at Boulevard Brewery for networking and a valuable panel discussion on mobility essentials.
The event kicked off as Mike McRoberts, Business Development Expert & Former Sprint Executive, shared a thought-provoking story about how IT teams can leverage the benefits of expanding their use of cloud services, especially for mobile initiatives. Then, Tech Orchard CEO Phil Poje addressed a panel of speakers about the challenges and opportunities around enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile threat prevention (MTP) in the workplace. Panelists included Keith Shaw, manager of security engineering and operations for H&R Block Inc.; Cora Belfiore, director of IT operations at Winston & Strawn LLP; James Robertson, owner of Core BT Solutions; and Randy Crenshaw, vice president of mobile technology at Tech Orchard.
KC Business Journal’s tech beat writer Leslie Collins captured some of the most valuable panel commentary in her article “Tech Orchard panel: How employers can address mobile security issues.” Attendees in the audience were able to ask questions and generate additional conversation about how they can better incorporate a comprehensive mobile strategy moving forward. Immediately following the conclusion of the panel, employees from our sponsor companies took the stage to share a little about their businesses. Sponsors included VMware, Check Point, Trabon, UPS, BalancePoint, Centriq Training, Netrality Properties, Network Technology Partners (NTP), Quark Studios and Source Inc. Wireless Solutions. Door prizes were given away to six lucky winners while everyone in attendance enjoyed tasty appetizers and local craft brews while networking with colleagues and peers.
With no sign of mobility adoption slowing across the enterprise, we’re already looking ahead to expanding our panel and attendance at our third annual Mobile Brew in the fall of 2017. If you had the opportunity to attend and have any outstanding questions that weren’t answered either by our panel or during your networking, please don’t hesitate to call or email Phil, Randy or Mila. If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to read our KC Business Journal coverage and reach out for assistance with any enterprise mobility needs you may have or expect to arise within your organization in the days ahead.
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If you’ve used your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device today, think about what you’ve used it for. Did it include emailing, surfing the web, accessing work documents or communicating to others? More than likely, you’ve used an app or two in the process. Why? Because apps are where it’s at when it comes to mobile usage today.