Why mobility and BYOD are still very relevant

September 30, 2015

While acronyms such as EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management), BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and SCD (Smart Connected Device) might have been talked about for a number of years, these terms – and the technology involved – are still very relevant in today’s world.

Business mobility continues to develop and is now an integral part of any enterprise’s IT requirements. The leather briefcase has morphed into a slick slab of metal and glass that fits in your pocket and the lines between personal and business use of devices have blurred so much that devices are the inextricable nexus of business and personal communication.

BYOD is here to stay, and the option to use one device for business and personal communication and productivity, family photos and white board screen shots, games and spreadsheets, is expected by today’s mobile workforce. And corporate IT is left to deal with the issues and risks BYOD presents to the enterprise.

Overcoming the issues

Business investment in technology that fully supports BYOD and multiple devices – whether that’s tablets, smartphones or laptops – has historically been stifled by concerns around security. A further business challenge has been keeping up with employees’ preference for certain smartphones and tablets over others.

Thankfully, certainly in the print and document management world at least, a healthy move towards app-based mobility solutions is addressing these issues – and providing organisations with easy solutions to their problems.

The latest mobile print apps work equally well on Apple iOS, Android and Microsoft operating systems and, once the apps are installed on the user’s choice of SDC, allow for easy, efficient and quick printing and scanning of documents. All a device needs is the app and a connection to a business network or, in some cases, Google Cloud or similar. Little to no IT involvement is needed and no drivers are required.

The app-driven revolution is addressing security issues too, including some of our Print partners solutions, using end-to-end encryption to ensure confidentiality. ID card or PIN access ensures only the print-job owner is able to release their printout which helps guarantee document security. Managed BYOD deployment is also predicted to rise as a corporate-liable approach to security is adopted.

Relevant today

BYOD and mobility are still very much today’s news because, as David Langhorn, Head of Corporate and Large Enterprise at Vodafone UK recently said,

“Only recently have businesses begun understanding and adapting to the way generation Y wants and expects to work, which is ‘mobile’ – not tied down to any desk – let alone preparing for the entry of generation Z into the workforce in another five to ten years’ time”.

End-users need to have the same access to documents and print capability on mobile devices as they have on desktops, while at the same time digital workflow is becoming more important than ever. Seamless printer access in public places is just one example of how technology helps today’s increasingly mobile society become even more productive.

Therefore, 2015 will see a significant increase in demand – and resulting investment – for technology that supports a maturing BYOD environment and mobile workforce while ensuring optimal security.