Should employees be allowed to bring their personal handheld devices to work?
Did you know that around 45% of the mobile workforce has a job that is compatible with a certain amount of mobile commuting? Wow!
The enhanced access to information provided by greater use of smartphones and tablets among employees has created inherent data security risks.
Recently, the MaaS360 MDM solution achieved an important certification under the U.S. Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) by the GSA. Google and Salesforce.com are the only other cloud providers who have achieved this certification from the GSA. We've maintained our position as the pioneer in SaaS (software-as-a-service) solutions for secure mobile device and app management. Now that we're a FISMA-certified company, we've become the preferred solution for many Federal agencies.
The rise of consumerization is forcing companies to adapt their mobile strategies or risk falling behind their industry counterparts. Personal-owned and consumer-based technology is accelerating the use of smartphones and tablets at most organizations and presenting executives with choices for mobile device management, Gartner experts say.
This Fall we have seen a couple of new announcements in the smartphone market – iOS 5, iPhone 4S, Motorola Droid Razr, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and now Windows Phone 7.5. Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5, an update to Windows Phone 7, addresses the major shortcomings of its predecessor and is fast becoming a popular alternative to many iOS and Android devices.
Just five years ago, probably even two, it was more than likely that the mobile phone you had for work was a BlackBerry smartphone from Research In Motion.
Results from the latest MDM report by InformationWeek demonstrate the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend has grown considerably in the past year. If the next report's results are consistent with the past two, BYOD will continue growing until it is a complete normality in the enterprise. This year's survey respondents (323 technology professionals from 50+ person business environments) added a considerable margin to the already-high percentages from last year's survey responses that indicated BYOD acceptance, implementation, and/or future planning were a part of their IT strategy.
The launch of the Apple Developer Enterprise program and the recent iOS 5 debut significantly demonstrate that Apple is serious about its enterprise market. Some of its core features have improved our mobile experience while some have raised concerns about any associated data integrity and security implications. So, is iOS 5 a welcome upgrade for IT? Does Apple’s new upgrade offer any advantages and better built-in support for managing them?
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