Busting Myths about Enterprise Mobility – Part 2

Continuing from our previous blog about busting enterprise mobility myths, here are a few more of the same that can prove to be blockades in the path of organizational evolution.

Myth 7: Employees don’t like BYOD.

Businesses conveniently believe that employees do not like to use their personal devices for work.

Truth: Bring-Your-Own-Device or BYOD has gone beyond employees accessing work mails on their phones or bringing their laptops to work. It has now extended to bring your own apps (BYOA), bring your own cloud (BYOC) and bring your own network (BYON).

64% employees conduct some business tasks at home.

However, it is also to be noted that the more complex this mobile landscape gets, the more important it becomes for businesses to have robust mobile management strategies in place. In regards to that, many companies have started investing in mobility solutions. Research shows that investment in enterprise mobility is increasing (25% CAGR through 2022)—and not just from IT. Lines of business are also spending heavily to ensure that employees have access from anywhere at any time, and they’re noticing a 25% improvement in worker productivity through mobility investments.

Myth 8: My employees will be less productive.

Organizations believe that enabling workers to work from anywhere gives them the flexibility to remain out of the corporate premises and will limit the management’s power to overview the progress and control their productivity.

Truth: The truth is a 180 degree opposite of this myth. 64% of employees conduct some business tasks at home. Chaining employees to a single location with no access to business data will make them less productive. Secondly, it influences the perception of the organization and impacts the customer service. Adopting business mobility strategies helps organizations actually save time and eventually impact sales.

Myth 9: Phones don’t need as much security as PCs.

Phones are much ‘safer’ devices than PCs and don’t need much maintenance in terms of security up-keep.

Truth: There’s a misconception among many employees—and employers—that “security” is the same as “antivirus.” You may be using the latest mobile devices with the very best of security features available, but it certainly doesn’t mean that enterprise-class security measures and policies for mobile devices aren’t important to protect customer and corporate information. This is one of the most common misconceptions about data security that can cost your business heavily. Network security optimized for mobile device access is critical for any business. Whether a customer provides its own devices or has a BYOD strategy, embedded network security, secure on-boarding, and device management give customers a safe, consistent high-quality user experience across any platform.

Myth 10: Quick implementation of control features is the way to secure data.

If user activity is controlled to a certain extent, security can be ensured.

Truth: It is not unusual to restrict user activity as a measure of security implementation. However, it would beat the purpose of enterprise solution. On the other hand, doing so will not address the actual security risk. As mentioned earlier, only a comprehensive view can help in implementing the right enterprise mobility solution.

Myth 11: Deployment of security features irrespective of users will keep the data safe.

No matter how many new users join, security features that are already in place would suffice.

Truth: This again defeats the purpose of the BOYD concept which aims at increasing the productivity at work place. Restricting controls can result in loss of production. Steps like blacklisting certain apps and blocking their access on (BYOD) devices will only result in frustration of the employees and lead to circumvention. Instead, enterprise mobility solutions with identity-driven approach, both on cloud and on-premises, for users, devices, apps, and data would equip you to meet your security challenges head-on.

These myths and widespread belief in them, are definite impediments in paths of organizational growth. Even though Indian organizations are gradually breaking free of these misconceptions and focusing on making their businesses future-ready, there is still a long way to go. For modern businesses, much depends on how they adapt to mobility and use it to drive better connections, enhanced efficiency, clearer insights and improved productivity. Now that you are aware of the misconceptions business leaders often possess about enterprise mobility, it’s time for you to break free of them. So, are you ready to adopt mobility and make your business as agile as it can be?

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