It’s highly recommended that your organization develops plans for transitioning from Blackberry to other mobile devices and enterprise mobility management platforms within the next year. Surprised? You would be if you’ve stayed with Blackberry even through its dark hours during the past few years.
I can understand why you stayed with Blackberry. It has very good security/lockdown capabilities.
But now you should try and replicate those security features you so much desire on other devices designed for consumers to use them for whatever their hearts desire. The question now is whether you can make the move before your current Blackberry contract expires or not.
It has been seen than many organizations are contemplating a transfer from Blackberry as their preferred corporate device in the past several months.
Generally these organizations fall in two categories. The first consist of those who accept that they won’t have the same level of control with iOS or Android as Blackberry provided them, and focus on providing employees with a better user experience, superior apps and content editing capabilities. The other one has those who’re still insistent on enforcing regulations. Which one do you lie in?
Most of those who lay in the first category embrace BYOD and formulate their enterprise mobility strategies around it. But the really interesting fact is that those in the second category also eventually jump into the first one, as they don’t want to fall behind.
The major problem isn’t about control. The most common concern is not being able to regulate app downloads and websites a user can visit.
That problem can be done away with, to a certain degree, by utilizing Apple’s Device Supervision with its lockdown capabilities. Samsung KNOX also offers similar features for Android devices.
Organizations are deciding how they’re going to go about this change, estimating the administration overheads required to manage and enforce restrictions on BYOD. They’re considering how much the devices’ functionality will they be turning off. This is leading them to ultimately reassess their assumptions on what’s really necessary to secure their enterprise and what may have just been overblown.
The most sought after policy is to go with the ‘rules and consequences’ approach. Where you tell your employees the rules – like not to download unapproved apps – and the consequence of not following those rules – losing access to corporate resources – as opposed to a policy where they completely block activities from that device. This approach is much more acceptable and allows employees to make full use of the capabilities of their devices.
Enabling your staff to download prosumer mobile apps to securely, view edit and save files from your organizations systems and giving them access to internal websites from their devices will give them the consumer level user experience they love. This will lead to improved business processes, productivity and employee satisfaction. You should not have much trouble with that as long as you’re data is protected, right?
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