Mobile technology is reinventing the workplace. As more and more companies institute a work from anywhere policy, and with the proliferation of mobile apps and interconnected devices, the workplace is moving far beyond the traditional office setting.
With the explosive growth in mobile computing, comes risk. According to Gartner, through the year 2015, more than 75 percent of mobile applications will fail basic security tests. Moreover, every new mobile device a company introduces into the workplace, brings additional security risks and the likelihood of data loss. "Enterprises that embrace mobile computing and bring your own device (BYOD) strategies are vulnerable to security breaches unless they adopt methods and technologies for mobile application security testing and risk assurance," said Dionisio Zumerle, principal research analyst at Gartner.
Creating a Game Plan for Enterprise Mobility
As leading enterprises move toward empowering their employees to work from anywhere on any device, one of the first steps is to create a game plan to institute best practices for implementing mobility programs and processes. Here are a few critical questions that can help guide the development of a well-vetted enterprise mobility strategy:
- Where does mobility fit in with your business goals and objectives?
- What processes will you implement to control access to resources and data?
- What types of training will you implement for the utility of mobility?
- How are your employees currently using mobile devices for work-related tasks?
- How concerned are you with Shadow IT? Are your employees offenders of it on mobile?
The overwhelming emergence of mobile devices coupled with the demand for 24x7 access to information from any location continues to change the technology landscape. Companies have no choice BUT to have a mobility offering for employees. This is especially prevalent in the healthcare industry. 51 percent of physicians use tablets for professional purposes and 74 percent use smartphones at work, according to an article in InformationWeek Healthcare.
There is promise that mobility solutions can keep up with the pace of technological change and the concerns of BYOD in the healthcare setting. Doug Brown, Managing Partner of Black Book Market Research, shared his insight regarding physicians working with mobile electronic health records.
"As the transition to mobile devices has been rapidly occurring over the past five years, progressive EHR vendors have responded with clear plans and successful products to help expand the user experience. With more than half of physicians currently using a mobile device in their medical practices, these EHR vendors are allowing providers to choose which platform best fits in to their workflow in multiple healthcare delivery settings including highly usable mobile products."
Mobile EHR initiatives increase efficiency and productivity while mitigating risk associated with paper files. The video below features several HP mobility solutions that seamlessly fit into the day-to-day operations of physicians.
A Tech Partner for Enterprise Mobility Success
WEI can help you assess and refine your enterprise mobility strategy and guide you through the deployment process to ensure all your systems are secure and your infrastructure is prepared. Our solutions architects will work with you to design, scale, and integrate the technology you need to fully adopt your EHR strategies and meet compliance requirements. A few ways WEI can help include:
- Developing and delivering corporate security-approved devices— to one or 10,000 users
- Image development services, such as the development (or co-development) of “gold standard” corporate images
- Developing and automating mobile data management, identity, security and privacy frameworks
- Enable BYOD through VDI solutions, which give workforces secure, remote access to applications
- Fast, Break/Fix repair or replacement services for mobile devices that never risks your enterprise or patient data
As an HP Platinum Partner with vast experience in the evolution of mobility solutions for the enterprise, WEI can help position your organization for success. Our team will ensure the chosen mobility solutions align with strategic initiatives and will enable your organization to harness the power and benefits of mobility, while effectively mitigating security risks. Mobilize your enterprise to streamline workflows, deepen customer connections and increase workplace productivity.
Learn more about our capabilities and solutions to help execute your enterprise mobility strategy in our solutions brief, Enterprise Mobility & End User Computing.