Enterprise mobility refers to a business strategy in which employees are empowered to perform their jobs from anywhere at any time, using a variety of devices, applications and networks. The term commonly refers to the use of smartphones and tablets for corporate purposes, but it also includes the mobility of data and the workers themselves.
And as enterprises move to adopt mobility, the use of enterprise mobility management (EMM) technologies has increased dramatically. These tools are designed specifically for the IT teams who manage mobile deployments and are tasked with delivering high-quality user experiences with the same level of security as the wired corporate network.
Types of Enterprise Mobility
There are several different approaches to enterprise mobility, each of which has its ideal application. The following are a few of the common types of enterprise mobility programs.
BYOD: Bring Your Own Device policies allow employees to utilize their personally owned devices in the workplace and use those devices to access company information and applications.
CYOD: Choose Your Own Device policies are similar to BYOD policies, except that the device in use must be selected from a list of approved devices; the company usually purchases and manages the device while the user has the flexibility to use it anywhere.
COPE: Company Owned/Personally Enabled policies allow employees to utilize devices (that are purchased and managed by the company) for work related activities, but also for personal usage.
COBO: Company Owned/Business Only policies allow employees to utilize devices that are supplied by the company and restricted for business usage only.
The Benefits of Enterprise Mobility
There are many benefits to adopting enterprise mobility as a core business competency, but here are three you may not have considered.
1) Increase Productivity
For remote workers, enterprise mobility provides the flexibility to choose when and where work can be performed, which dramatically improves job satisfaction; and this satisfaction has a strong correlation with productivity. In fact, many studies have concluded that remote workers are more productive than their in-office counterparts.
Those who work remotely at least once per month are 24% more likely to be productive in their roles than those who can’t or don’t work remotely.
For field service workers (whose core responsibilities often require significant travel outside the office), enterprise mobility provides the seamless connectivity that is fundamentally necessary for them to do their jobs at all. On top of that, an enterprise mobility program that is optimized for field workers can reduce expenses, decrease overtime, and eliminate common helpdesk calls.
2) Attract (and Retain) More Talent
In a job market where Millennial turnover costs the U.S. economy nearly $31 billion annually, enterprises simply can’t afford to ignore the factors that matter to this growing segment of the workforce. To that point, a 2017 study from CBRE found that 69% of Millennials would trade in other work package beneﬁts for flexible workspace options. So, if you’re looking for a plan to attract more talent, build out an enterprise mobility strategy that includes remote working and the technology to support it.
3) Improve Security, On and Off the Corporate Campus
Securing a device, regardless of its location, is a best practice. Most people would agree that a wired network at the office is a safe place to connect a laptop. But what about when that laptop is used at a coffee shop or airport? Addressing the underlying security issues associated with mobile devices will improve network security as a whole.
The Future of Enterprise Mobility
Are you ready?
By 2022, the Global Mobile Workforce will be 1.87 billion people, or about 42.5% of the total global workforce.