The push toward complete independence in mobility is largely dependent upon the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy. Employees have been asking for it, yet corporate leads have been struggling to determine the best approach from a management and cost standpoint. While no one solution works for every environment, those who have launched a BYOD policy are reaping the benefits. With access to mobile device management and other tools, it only makes sense to explore this option.
In fact, according to a recent Baseline Mag post, mobile device management is exactly what helped staff members at the Australian National Audit Office run BlackBerry (News - Alert) apps and other needed tools on any device they brought to the office. They were no longer tethered to a BlackBerry if they preferred a different platform and the organization could seamlessly welcome a BYOD program without complications.
This independent government agency is a perfect example of why BYOD is not only in high demand, but also highly successful where implemented. The organization oversees 300 agencies and many employees are mobile. There was a recognized need to update and modernize the existing mobile infrastructure as the BlackBerry environment had become clunky. As an organization focused on efficiency and setting standards for other agencies, improvement was a must.
Still, incorporating a new platform wasn’t an option as it would require an investment of both time and money. The organization was more interested in leveraging the tools they already had in place with better technology. With BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) and a robust mobile device management solution in place, they were set for a more efficient method to do everyday tasks. Employees who preferred the BlackBerry could stay with the platform and others had the flexibility to switch to an Android (News - Alert) or iOS device.
The mobile device management solution put in place allows the organization to install and manage a secure container on each employee’s device. As a result, a user with an Android device or iPad can run the necessary tools to create their own workspace on the device. While this flexibility is great, the productivity improvements are significant. The organization increased productivity by 20 and staff satisfaction rates increased by 15 percent, proving what BYOD advocates have been touting for years.
Companies like MobileIron are making these kinds of improvements a reality with mobile device management solutions that meet the real-world needs of the organization. The company works closely with clients to understand their challenges and opportunities so as to push out the platforms needed to support mobile initiatives. BYOD is readily meeting expectations when paired with MobileIron solutions that allow for optimal management and productivity. It ensures mobile employees get the benefits they need from their flexible options.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson