Enterprise mobility was certainly moving towards becoming a competitive business advantage before the worldwide pandemic accelerated the shift and made it a business-critical requirement. When business continuity – not simply productivity – depends on shifting from a traditional office model to operating remotely with a digital workplace, enterprise mobility is your life support system for rapid adaptability.
Staying ahead requires supporting all the components of a healthy enterprise mobility ecosystem which is composed of a variety of technologies, processes, and mobile devices that work in unison. This includes a web of mobile operating systems and mobile applications used on a multitude of smartphones and tablets, IoT sensors, GPS tracking devices, wearables, wireless modems, and wireless security devices. It also involves the policies used to manage and maintain compliant use of company resources.
Fast expanding mobile ecosystem
As more mobile devices are entwined within everyday business processes, this ecosystem becomes critical to employee productivity and connectivity, and ultimately business success.
With more devices and technologies comes more complexity. Without a robust enterprise mobility strategy to tightly govern how the business monitors, maintains, and secures access to company resources, there’s a real risk of exposure to security breaches and cost overruns.
In imei’s experience with businesses across Australia, internally managing a mobile fleet quickly becomes a big job and a constant time drain when the number of devices in the fleet reaches 50. Even with the help of software, companies begin to lose track of devices and find it difficult to keep an accurate and up-to-date record of user identity and information access permissions.
An important part of the job is having a clear understanding of and tightly managing:
- The number of devices they have and how many of them are active
- Where each device is and the user’s digital identity attached to it
- Security patches and software updates, ensuring all devices are protected against security threats, including phishing risks and unsecured Wi-Fi networks
- Strong password protection and authentication for all devices
- Comprehensive carrier, device, and application costs and accurately allocating them across the business
- Shutting off access to corporate resources and wiping devices for past employees.
Maximising the value of your enterprise mobility
How tightly you are able to control these factors is largely influenced by where you are in your enterprise mobility journey and the number of devices you need to support. However, whether you’re managing 9 devices or 999, it’s critical to see, monitor, and control your mobile ecosystem.
Without a dedicated internal team to maximise the value of your enterprise mobility strategy, it’s important to work with an expert partner.
By guiding everything from managing your mobile devices to providing oversight of your telecommunications spend, imei has the expert skills and services to help underpin your enterprise mobility transformation. imei’s Intelligence services help you gain more transparency across your mobile fleet, monitoring devices proactively and ensuring the spend is optimised commercially.
Get in touch
No matter where you are in your enterprise mobility journey, get in touch with the team at imei for a health check on the effectiveness of your mobile device fleet and network infrastructure. Our intelligence service gives you clear visibility across your communication technology environment, so you can take the next steps to control costs and reduce security risks.
Original post: 20 March 2018