Enterprise mobility isn’t just about accessing company email and network from mobile devices. It’s about transforming the way you do business. Planning out this transformation for years ahead is a tough job but developing a solid mobile strategy ensures you are on the right track. Here is a list of six key considerations to help you get started.
1. Think long-term
A far-sighted strategy truly goes a long way in ensuring everything goes according to plan. Setting up realistic policies and regulations using proven methods should be the idea. Lofty expectations and unreasonable hype won’t help. Define clearly what you want to achieve in measurable terms. Create policies not just for the organization that is right now, but for one it’s going to be a few years from now. Frame scalable policies, agnostic to changes in technology and infrastructure.
2. Access controls
In any enterprise, each user’s access to the company network and resources varies according to the organizational structure. Precisely defining and documenting who has access to what is a must to ensure corporate security. Besides letting users know clearly, their access rights and restrictions, it will help IT determine the network requirements to host the system and the security protocols that need to be in place.
3. Data security and privacy
Allowing seamless access to data in a secure fashion is the essence of a winning mobile strategy. However, it shouldn’t come at the cost of your employees’ privacy. Strong policies are required to make sure personal information stays personal at all times. You’ll have to make a tough call as to whether to use a secure container to separate corporate and personal data. However, care should be taken to plan and prepare the essential infrastructure and safety protocols to make sure mobility doesn’t compromise your organization’s security.
You need to decide upon how you are going to support collaboration between users and how information is to be shared among employees from different departments. Relevant provisions for real-time collaboration and channels for seamless information exchange need to be set up. The possibility of data interception should be carefully analyzed and accounted for while developing a mobile strategy.
5. Security vs User experience
A successful mobile strategy requires you to strike the right balance between security and user experience. Watertight security and stringent regulations are of no use if the employees can’t get their job done. Users should be able to collaborate freely and access corporate resources without a hitch. You need to offer them a seamless user experience all the while securing the endpoints and putting in place solid defenses against attacks.
You can come up with a killer strategy but it only works if you are able to implement it in a decent time frame. It is crucial that you choose beforehand whether the strategy is going to be initialized immediately or over due course of time. Mapping out the entire plan and prioritizing requirements help if you are going to implement in phases. In the end, how quickly the new system gets up and running is going to make all the difference.