Enterprise Mobility Trends And How To Go Mobile Recently, we talked about business mobility and the benefits of a flexible and remote workplace. But there’s another side of business mobility that we want to delve into: enterprise mobility. Enterprise in this instance refers to an organization that has multiple divisions or locations that work together to achieve a common purpose. Therefore, the term enterprise mobility describes how these organizations are embracing mobile technologies to create a flexible work environment. Let’s dig deeper on some enterprise mobility trends. Citrix came out with a Mobile Analytics Report that revealed six key enterprise mobility statistics. Here is what they found:* 61 percent of employees work outside the office at least part of the time. 3+ devices are used daily by an employee for work activities. The number of devices managed in the enterprise increased 72 percent from 2014 to 2015. iOS (Apple’s mobile operating system) dominates the enterprise market and is the leading mobile platform in nearly every vertical industry. 90 percent of organizations deploy passcode enforcement, the most common device level policy. Top blacklisted apps include Dropbox and Mail, while top whitelisted apps include PDF and Notes. More Mobility Leads to More Flexible Technology These statistics reinforce the ongoing trends of flexible and mobile technology solutions. Employees seek opportunities to work anywhere, anytime, and on any device. This increases the expectations laid on an organization and the necessity to support technologies that enable such mobility. If organizations want to satisfy their employees, they need to have the tools and technology in place to make working from home and using additional devices a possibility. This may mean implementing new software, processes, and policies, in order to become truly mobile. Here are some mobile technologies that organizations are using to increase their mobility. [ Related: "Rick Fondell's Client Success Story" Video ] The Cloud One key way to go mobile is to utilize cloud solutions for application hosting, file sharing, and data storage. When your systems are hosted in the cloud, you don’t have to build, manage, or maintain the underlying hardware infrastructure (such as servers and switches). Cloud solutions ultimately simplify your IT operations and can save you money in the long run. This is the foundation to going mobile, as it allows your employees to access your applications from any internet-connected location. Virtual Private Network (VPN) Even if your technology isn’t hosted in a data center or “cloud,” you can still offer remote access via a VPN connection. This lets remote workers securely log-on to the organization’s network from any location. Having this in place allows your employees to establish a secure connection, while still being able to get their job done effectively. Unified Communications Your organization’s phone system should accommodate a mobile workforce. Consider a solution that has features for unified communications to help improve communication and collaboration among remote offices and employees working from home. Examples include: integration of office applications (for features like presence and call lists) and mobility apps to fully integrate your cell phone with your office phone. Meshed WAN network A Meshed WAN network creates a totally private and customized network, and is an ideal solution for organizations that have two or more locations. This helps organizations bridge remote locations and makes new ways of doing business possible. Since a Meshed WAN network runs “in the cloud,” you benefit from professional management, advanced security, and flexibility, allowing employees and customers to communicate on one network. While these technologies aren’t the only ones that an enterprise could use to enhance mobility, they are all favorable to allowing employees to work from home and use other devices. Additionally, the all offer security benefits as well. Statistics from the Citrix report add to the importance of these technologies and show that employees seek organizations that offer the tools and the flexibility to work from anywhere at anytime. *Taken from the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report. Does your organization have a mobility strategy? Scott Hardee Scott Hardee is a Business Solutions Manager at Aureon Technology. Scott's focused on figuring out what his clients issues are and working together to overcome those hurdles to provide the right solutions. With a focus on healthcare, CPA's, nonprofits/charity, and general small to medium-sized business, he's always working to build long-term relationships to help make the ever-changing world of IT easier to handle for his team and his clients. Aureon Technology provides end to end IT and communications solutions and has locations throughout the Midwest, including Des Moines, Omaha, and Kansas City.