Picture this: You enter a museum and your eye is drawn to a painting that looks interesting. As you wander closer, your smartphone alerts you with a message that includes the painting’s title, artist’s name, the date of its creation, and a short background history about the piece – and reminds you that a print is available for purchase at the museum’s gift shop.
When you consider all the potential benefits of beacon technology – interacting with visitors, customers, travelers, and employees in spaces like museums, stores, transit hubs, and offices to deliver highly contextual, hyper-local and meaningful messages – it’s time to take a closer look at beacons in your environment. Continue reading →
Planning for an efficient, effective mobile infrastructure
Today – whether by accident or design – virtually every business relies on mobile technology to get through the workday.
From a small business owner’s smartphone, to a retail associate’s line-busting mobile point-of-sale device, to a web-enabled delivery truck, mobile technology is changing how and where work gets done. But making sure all of those devices deliver the expected return on investment is no accident. It takes sound planning and design, backed by coordinated implementation and management, to do business mobility right.
The Zones mobility practice is committed to helping customers take business mobility from ad hoc to advanced. It begins with solution architects, systems engineers and product specialists assessing an organization’s business needs and existing mobile infrastructure.
Often – and sometimes at surprisingly large organizations – the team will find that the mobile “strategy” in place is a loosely assembled bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenario, with the organization perhaps picking up the carrier bill for employees. While such a system may keep people connected, it’s probably costing more than it should, and it does little to keep their devices – or the organization – protected.
Take a comprehensive approach to business mobility
The growth of mobile infrastructures in organizations is creating the most connected workforce ever, but is your mobile strategy addressing the potential security threats that accompany this mobile revolution?
Minimizing threats while maximizing worker mobility and productivity requires a holistic approach that encompasses every aspect of the existing infrastructure – including wired and wireless networks, unified communications compatibility, security, and cloud services – as well as plans for mobile device management, device selection, app development, activation services, and, ultimately, deployment.
Once seen as a fast and inexpensive way to enable enterprise mobility, BYOD presents too great a risk for most organizations.
In a perfect world, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives would simply relieve your organization of the cost of equipping employees with smartphones, tablets, or laptops without any downside risk. Alas, we do not live in a perfect world, leading to the increasingly common view that BYOD’s future in the organization is limited.
It’s true that BYOD looks easy. It’s inexpensive and it lets workers use their preferred devices, which should boost productivity. But the reality is more complex. For most security-conscious organizations – and certainly for those in the highly regulated financial and healthcare industries – BYOD simply isn’t worth the risk.
The explosion of mobile devices has paved the way for the most connected workforce ever, but does your mobile strategy address the ever growing security threats that come with the change?
Minimizing threats while maximizing worker mobility and productivity requires a holistic approach that addresses every aspect of the existing infrastructure, including wired and wireless networks, unified communications compatibility, security, and cloud services, as well as plans for mobile device management, device selection, app development, activation services, and, ultimately, deployment.
Ever since BlackBerry rolled out its first smartphone in 2003, enterprise mobility solutions have been changing the way business gets done.
Over a decade later, the rapid adoption and evolution of business mobility in the workplace show no sign of stopping. In fact, research firm MarketsandMarkets estimates the BYOD and Enterprise Mobility market will grow at a 15% compound annual growth rate, reaching $181 billion by 2017.
While mobile devices – the smartphones, laptops and tablets we use – are the most visible components of an enterprise mobility solution, they are by no means the most important. Without a robust and secure enterprise mobility infrastructure in place, unmanaged or poorly managed iOS, Android, and Windows enabled devices can present a liability to the organization. Continue reading →