We all know that the “traditional” workforce is transforming. In its place we are seeing the emergence of a new, flexible mobile workforce enabled by digital technologies and mobility solutions. To make sure that this change is as effective and smooth as possible, companies need to develop the right transition techniques and strategies. Enterprise mobility management (EMM) is quickly proving to be essential to the modern business management approach.
EMM enables business leaders to embrace mobility and make the most of mobile solutions/environments without opening the organisation up to security risks.
Here are our four top tips for getting your enterprise mobility management strategy right:
#1 Shift company culture: It all starts with education. If you want to get your EMM strategy right, you need to teach your employees that mobility aims to improve the productivity and efficiency of the company. It should not be seen as an “IT initiative”. Rather, business leaders must showcase how mobility management can drive business transformation and make everyone’s jobs a little easier at the same time.
#2 Set device restrictions: When it comes to device restrictions, the parameters really do depend on the business. For the most part, usage restrictions are set to mitigate security concerns but companies can also enforce restrictions around device usage for personal reasons or to prevent the use of the device to perform actions that do not comply with company policies. Employees may get upset with these restrictions, which makes it critical to explain the logic behind limiting access to social media at certain times, for example.
#3 Leverage cloud: Cloud is an integral tool in enterprise mobility management. By storing highly sensitive data in the cloud, you are lowering the chances of sensitive corporate information falling into the wrong hands. Cloud solutions also take the burden off IT teams who don’t have to handle extra maintenance or create new security policies/procedures as more and more employees go mobile. And as enterprise device environments change, cloud-based IT solutions offer the agility and flexibility to keep up with new market demands.
#4 Prioritise security: EMM exists because the mobile devices your employees utilise bring about efficiency and productivity but they also act as a threat to organisational security. As such, security restrictions are important but they should not have a negative impact on company morale. From setting up passcodes to enabling remote device wipe/lock to protect corporate data, enterprises need to come up with a mobility management policy that allows employees to use the same device in and out of the workplace, without compromising security or end-user privacy.
Failing to embrace mobility is no longer an option. Today, your IT teams have to come up with strategies to cope with all of these different devices if they want to mitigate prospective threats. Struggling to develop the right EMM strategy for your business? We can help. Simply complete the following form and someone from the Nebula team will be in touch.