6 essentials for a future-proof mobility strategy

13 April 2017

4 min read

Find out if you’re ready for the remote workplace of tomorrow with this handy checklist.

6 essentials for a future-proof mobility strategy (Desktop)

In 2017, perfecting the balance between your professional and personal life is no longer a pipedream. It’s a revolution. And it’s all down to innovations in mobile device technology, enabling employees to work remotely without disruption to their productivity.

"As people continue to work outside the office on a more frequent basis, we are delivering devices and accessories that bring traditional PC-based productivity to a more mobile experience in a way that IT can securely manage and service.” Michael Park, vice president and general manager of personal systems mobility at HP.

At MWC 2017, technology providers were on site to showcase new enterprise devices capable of delivering the security, accessibility and connectivity needed for the workplace of the future. From innovations in AR to mobile-connected vehicles, one thing was clear. We live in a mobile-first world and tomorrow’s talent demands tools that are always on and ready to go whenever and wherever they are and if your mobility strategy doesn’t enable them to do so, they could move elsewhere.

By driving the future of mobility with advanced hybrid technology, HP is bringing together the best of both worlds; personal and professional. With our secure, serviceable and and compatible all-in-one devices, you can prepare your business for a brighter mobile future. One that balances the flexibility and ease your employees love with the security and efficiency your business needs.

1. BYOD or CYOD?

Bring your own device or choose your own device? In the short term, BYOD offers cost savings as you don’t have to fork out for a fleet up front. In the long term, CYOD delivers cost savings - it’s easier to fix issues with only one type of device.

Also read: The impact of BYOD on business security

2. Apps

To work remotely you need quick access to your office tools along with apps designed specifically for mobile working. Apps like Skype or Slack could transform how your employees communicate and collaborate on the move.

Also read: 5 top apps for mobility

3. Security

Working remotely or implementing a BYOD policy can create security challenges, but you can overcome these with planning. Ensure you put security first when mobilising your workforce or face heavy fines from new regulations being implemented next year.

Also read: How business mobility impacts security

4. Compatibility

Implementing the same software is different across devices, networks and locations so the IT department’s workload could be doubled. Ensure your implementation goes smoothly by covering compatibility in your mobility strategy when it comes to your BYOD or CYOD policies, your app selections and your security.

Also read: 10 checks when choosing your next device

5. Individual Needs

Different employees require different tools to do their jobs. And todays’ technology providers consider this more and more when it comes to designing hybrids. Before you choose a fleet, ensure you study every department to ensure their particular mobility needs are being met.

6. Serviceability

Technology changes rapidly, so your mobility strategy should take into account how often you’ll need to have your devices, apps and software updated. Servicing can create downtime, so have a plan in place to minimize the disruption.

Alternatively, take a DaaS and/or SaaS approach. HP Device as a Service combines the latest technology and accessories with regular servicing and device expertise whenever you need it in a single contract or per-seat, per-month basis. Putting your devices in the hands of experts gives you peace of mind, keeps devices current and secure, helps you meet budget demands by predicting costs and helps to manage change in your organisations. And by outsourcing the servicing of your fleet, the IT department can take on a more strategic role, which is increasingly important in the face of security threats and the mobility revolution.

Also read: The changing face of IT services

MWC 2017 showed the world that the workplace is changing faster than we know it. A solid mobility strategy that plans for change is key to securing, streamlining and helping your organisation compete in the future.

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