5 Reasons Why IT Should Consider Workspace Management Technology
Curlis Phillip is a Senior Marketing Manager at AT&T. You can find more blog content from Curlis and other experts on mobility on the AT&T Networking Exchange Blog, where this post originally appeared. AT&T has sponsored the following blog post.
I recently ran into some car trouble on my way to the office and had to be towed to the service center. I did not miss a beat. During the two hours that it took to get my car serviced, I was able to attend my weekly product launch planning meeting via Web conference, access and review creative for an upcoming ad campaign, and check and respond to emails – all from the service lounge.
Traditional work environments with desktop computers and landline telephones no longer rule the roost due to increased mobilization (of employees, resources, and services). Today’s workers expect flexibility in how and where they work. Many are selecting their own tools to get their job done more quickly and efficiently because company issued technology no longer meets their expectation. Innovative and powerful consumer devices, applications and web services are empowering the workforce and redefining the workplace environment.
What does this mean for IT? IT organizations will need to evolve their mobile strategy to address current employee demands, attract top new talent, and compete in the marketplace. Below are five reasons IT department should consider workspace management technology (also known as containerization) to harness the power of the evolving workplace environment.
1. Data and Network Security
A plethora of personal mobile devices and OSs (including Android and iOs) are being used to access corporate data, creating a headache for IT. According to an Ovum 2013 Global BYOD Survey, 56% of full-time employees access corporate data from a personal smartphone or tablet. Most of us are guilty of forwarding business emails to personal email accountssharing work files using apps like Droplr, or storing corporate content using free storage apps like MediaFire. Mobile threats are on the rise and this behavior can expose a company to major risks. Mobile Workspace Management (MWM) solutions provide a secure environment to run business applications and content. Some even come with secure browsing, encryption of data in the container, as well as a secure email application.
2. Employee Privacy Most people use their personal devices for work activities because the features and capabilities are often more robust than company-issued devices; however, they prefer if “big brother” wasn’t monitoring their personal activities. Device-level control, which is what you get with traditional MDM solutions, raises legal concerns around privacy. Workspace management technology helps alleviate this concern by allowing IT to manage the secure workspace – not the device. IT cannot access personal content and most importantly, if an employee leaves the company, the workspace can be wiped and their personal content and settings remain intact.