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The challenges for enterprise mobility

Mark Micallef, Area Vice President, ASEAN, Citrix | May 5, 2015
Organisations today should equip themselves with a strong mobility strategy by addressing the potential challenges that may come along with the adoption of BYOD, advised Mark Micallef of Citrix.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

Just 10 years ago,mobility meant merely checking your email on a Blackberry device away from your desktop PC. The work environment and device landscape has since changed. According to research carried out by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), on behalf of Citrix, 87 percent of organisations consider mobile computing to be extremely important to their business. In addition, nearly 32 percent of IT professionals believe that mobile devices have become crucial for their organisation's business processes and productivity.[1]

Furthermore, analysts forecasted the global Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) market to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 25.32% from 2014 to 2019 with the increase in the number of mobile platforms being a major growth driver.[2]

Mobility today is seen as a ubiquitous work style that transcends legacy IT by delivering applications (apps), virtual desktops, files, and services seamlessly to any user, on any device, over any network. However, the reality is that most organisations are not there yet. Here are the top five challenges in enterprise mobility that organizations should look to address:

1. The device explosion
Today, there are so many business devices, both, in terms of diversity and number. It is not uncommon to find one person having two or more devices at any one time. Be it BYOD, choose-your-own-device (CYOD), company-owned, personally enabled (COPE), or the non-sanctioned use of personal technology, organisations need to deal with device explosion and the issues that come along with it. The ever-increasing number of devices in the market today has made the maintenance of security across a heterogeneous mix of devices with varying ownership a challenge, as sensitive corporate data resides on the same device as personal data. In addition, there is also the concern of consistently providing secure access to corporate networks on any device, without raising roadblocks and inconvenienceswhich could affect the productivity of employees and business continuity.

2. The app migration
The rise of new-world applications, such as web, mobile and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), has been a great benefit to organizations, helping to empower people in more ways, on more devices, in more places. However, organisations are still very much invested in,for example,traditional Windows applications. While it is easy to dismiss these old-world apps as "legacy systems" bound for obsolescence, the fact is that they still have a critical role to play.

The goal is to have old-world apps appearing side-by-side as new-world apps on the same devices, with the same great experience. To do this, organizations need to start extending the value of these traditional applications and bridging them into the new era by mobilizing the older applications to co-exist with newer apps.


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