Mobile devices are pitching to become an integral part of business operation and in many cases looking to replace the legacy-based mobility solutions, with the rise of modern smartphone market and evolution of BYOD, mobile devices are bound to grow exponentially. Businesses are looking for opportunity in the growing market of smart mobile devices by introducing enterprise mobility solutions. When comes to adoption their can be several mistakes that a business could make leading to more devastating consequences. Knowing and acknowledging that many of you have made a mistake when it comes to enterprise mobility process is the first step that will assist the businesses to take actions to correct those mistakes. The challenge for any business leader is how do you identify when you have made a certain mistake, the rising potential of smartphones devices has made it impossible for mobility leaders to define a standard that can be used as a framework. Overall the business requirements have drastically changed over the years, making it impossible to have a complete standard that covers all operational requirements. One way that many of the enterprises are looking to adopt a more defined standard is by integrating an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution but still have definite know-how about mobility technology is challenging.
Here are six most common enterprise mobility mistakes that businesses make and how you can prevent them from ruining your enterprise:
1. Undermining the development of mobile application development
Developing a desktop application might be an easy task for your expert desktop app developers; however, developing a mobile application will be an entirely different experience and knowledge. They usually require their own set of tools and skills to develop a complete mobile application which is different from creating a desktop or web applications. If you have an in-house team that is tasked with creating a mobile application that will be accessing your sensitive business data take a step back and evaluate your development team’s capability. Training, hiring or third party app developers should be all options evaluated.
2. Testing application on mobile devices
After developing a mobile application the next logical step for many businesses would be to have the application tested for different OS, requirements, and network. Along with that you need to test mobile application for number of parameters that include- Security, compatibility, effectiveness, etc. Your business needs to ensure that mobile applications need to maintain the required security protocols along with having a successful operating at the levels your business requires it to be. Operating system compatibility will one challenge that developers have to go through it will be affecting user experience and usage challenges.
3. Integration with business infrastructure
After successful development, the next big challenge will be integration with current business infrastructure. Here a business needs to acknowledge that accessing the data and business infrastructure will be a challenge. The need for considering how your applications will communicate data to and fro from your enterprise network, while they will interact with your server architecture. Developers need to figure out ways using which the mobile app can support the ongoing business process and bring the required change.
4. BYOD and Strategy of implementing
The strategy would give a definitive purpose and road-map of implementation, with the right strategy BYOD policy can increase the productivity and satisfaction for the complete workforce. With BYOD comes with several challenges, if business demands a BYOD just be placed and used it can cause potentially several dangerous inaction for enterprise. Personal devices carry malware with over the high non-secured device infrastructure. Having your corporate data safe and sound with several infrastructure protocols along with strategy to deny unidentified access will be important. Your BYOD strategy should include details about how various devices would be mapped and managed based on requirements. The need for outlining policies while keeping the required tab on devices updates and how users will maintain the security of the required device will be imperative even when a user accesses the data from outside network.
5. User experience for application
Most enterprises that have implemented mobility solutions or brought BYOD policies have failed to analyze the user requirements, a lack of complete user experience. Having several authentication steps that require several minutes will drive the employees away from using BYOD solutions. So here are certain questions that need to be answered by businesses before deploying mobility applications: How can it make mobile devices and mobility solutions work for users? When designing mobile apps or choosing which mobile devices to deploy for your company, you need to consider how users will be interacting with such applications? You need to make data access easier using the mobile application not tougher for them that will drive users towards business.
Mobile devices are under constant threat from unverified applications, malware, and hackers. What will make security more convoluted rise in Operating systems that are used by employees? Even Android and iPhone two most widely used mobile OS have several versions and are constantly updated. Your company needs to protect corporate data stored on mobile devices from being accessed by threat actors, using this enterprise mobility management solutions will be able to combine mobile security and management technologies to assist enterprises lock your devices. It provides your enterprises with necessary tools that will administer security policies from a centralized location to ensure all the devices are complying with required security regulations.
Mobile devices selectively provide end to end solutions for businesses but with loads of integration and security challenges businesses tend to switch on basic forms of access, only businesses provided devices with constraint on access of data or even certain network. Shifting from device intensive or network intensive to application intensive will be next step of mobility solution.
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