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Mobile enterprise IT investments are expected to maintain its healthy growth and reach $900 billion globally by 2025. In its 2021 enterprise mobility report, SOTI, a leader in enterprise device management and security solutions, surveyed 1,400 IT decision-makers and found some interesting insights. According to 68% of respondents, their company still needed better business intelligence (BI) to navigate future issues, 67% of respondents said that they needed better tools for diagnostic issues, 45% of respondents reported that their enterprise was yet to properly leverage mobile technology in the post-pandemic marketplace while 43% of respondents wanted a mobile solution that improved the monitoring of data analytics. In this article, we will try to understand the basics of Enterprise Mobility Solutions and the core pillars of implementing an Enterprise Mobility Solution at your business. For more information on the right enterprise mobility solution for your business, please contact Managed IT Services Houston.    

Basics of Enterprise Mobility

Enterprise mobility, often referred to as business mobility, is a growing trend, particularly in the aftermath of the pandemic. Mobility solutions for enterprise allow companies to enable remote working options, implement BYOD and the use of personal laptops and mobile devices for business purposes without compromising on security and also enable easy and secure data access with the use of cloud technology. With enterprise network models increasingly decentralized, enterprise mobility recognizes the acute need for enhanced agility and security with employees accessing the company network from virtually anywhere. For Secure Mobility Solutions for your business, please reach out to PennComp IT Outsourcing Houston.

4 Core Pillars of Implementing an Enterprise Mobility Solution

Pillar 1 – Leadership and Preparing Your Organization
Change really does need to start from the top down for the seamless incorporation of an enterprise mobility solution. Therefore, it becomes of critical importance for the executive class to accept the change and encourage the change mindset in the organization. Their acceptance also means easy availability of critical resources required for successful implementation. This involves putting in place a carefully thought-out strategy that not only initiates change from top down but also carefully considers the needs of the entire organization. Without due consideration of comprehensive organizational needs, the mobility solution could end up fragmented, incapable of addressing the needs of all departments in the organization, cumbersomely expensive and inefficient.

Pillar 2- Infrastructure
Without critical end-point enhancements and server upgrades, mobility solutions could end up handicapped from the beginning and inspire little confidence in users. Many organizations only have the basic infrastructure in place (email management, an MDM agent for remote wipe, or web-based apps with limited features and functionality) even as they use mobility management tools. Unsurprisingly, these tools fail to impact employees’ daily workflows in any impactful way and damage their confidence. If the infrastructure upgrades follow deployment, the result may often appear disjointed with features that could simply be redundant for end-users. The only way to achieve success from the get go of enterprise mobility deployments is to make use of mobility management, deployment programs, and a solid network to support mobile initiatives.

Pillar 3 – Engaged Partners
Systems and data at any organization are continuously evolving. Having the right support partners ensures that as your systems and data evolve, you have the right partners ready. With more and more manufacturers now offering specialized support plans for company-owned devices, all you really need is to have a TAM (technical account manager) in place, so emergencies can be addressed quickly. Major manufacturers now also offer deployment programs to manage mobile software such as Apple’s Device Enrollment and Microsoft’s Deployment Program. These programs make it easy for companies to enable devices quickly and to securely protect business apps and data from security leaks or device loss. These programs also take care of most of the streamlining needs for the deployment of business hardware and software to end users.

Pillar 4 – Applications
Development of enterprise applications is the key piece to get right when it comes to the long-term success with mobile devices. Enterprise applications need thorough planning and expertise as these complex systems need the right kind of development. This is why it might make sense (at least for most organizations) to opt for buying an off-the-shelf product rather than developing their own application. Off-the-shelf software solutions are designed for the most general purpose use and can be deployed with ease and in the shortest possible amount of time. If your organization chooses to go the development route, the solution is likely to be more customized and purpose-built for the end user, but will require a much longer development period with iterative releases over time. On the flip side, they also have the potential to fall short of the field-tested and proven functionalities of off-the-shelf solutions and definitely prove more expensive and resource intensive. More importantly, successful out-of-the-box solutions already have thriving user communities that include experts, forums, and ancillary companies with adequate support, a range of supporting products for quick customization via API or other methods and more. Global Mobility Solutions are the need of the hour for businesses and IT Support Houston can help with consulting on the same.

Scott Young

Scott Young, is the president of PennComp LLC, an IT Support Houston company. Being a CPA, Six Sigma Master Blackbelt, Change Management Certified and Myers Briggs Qualified, Scott’s expertise is reflected in PennComp as a leading IT company for computer services and network integration. PennComp utilizes Six Sigma methodologies and practices in their service delivery and offers state-of-the-art monitoring and management tools to their clients.