When Cost Is an Obstacle, Consider Mobility in the Cloud

By  Terry Stepien — June 30, 2011

Rapid consumer uptake of smartphones and tablets makes swift adoption of mobile technology the right thing to do. However, volatility in OS market dominance and new, mobile-specific security risks make enterprise mobility easier said than done. With today’s ultra-tight budgets, even Fortune 500 companies find themselves unable to support desired mobile services—that is, unless they divert IT resources from elsewhere.

But limited budgets and increasing mobility business needs aren’t condemned to clash. Many companies are striking the right balance with a different model: managed mobility. Choosing a managed mobility offering from a trusted partner with years of mobile expertise can make it possible for organizations to mobilize aggressively without adding risk and IT burden.
Examples of managed mobility services include the following:
Mobile security: Enforces personal identification number (PIN) code access, sets lock/wipe policies, encrypts devices and data cards, delivers firewall and antivirus capabilities to devices, and introduces mobile virtual private networks (VPNs)
Mobile device management: Identifies which applications and software are allowed on devices, pushes software and applications to devices, creates policies across devices or for individual users, and implements mobile policies
Application management: Deploys new applications,enhances existing applications,and mobilizes business processes and desktop applications
While managed mobility can take many forms, the common denominator issimilar to other hosted servicesdelivered in the cloud: value, immediacy, and outsourced complexity.
Some of the great reasons to use managed mobility include: 
  • Easy adoption and integration with back-end systems
  • Low barrier to entry; no capital outlay for infrastructure
  • Easy maintenance and operation
  • Low total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Improved mobile worker productivity
  • Improved real-time decision making
So Simple to Start
Core IT pillars such as applications, infrastructure, and telecom have all been successfully delivered through the cloud. That’s paved the way for mobile as well. Like software as a service (SaaS) before it, managed mobility offers enterprises agility, low cost, and minimal risk of deployment failure. 
To get started, all you need is a Web browser and a very modest investment in shared infrastructure. You can get all the benefits of a fully mobilized workforce almost immediately. More important, you can dispatch most of your to-do list, including broad device support, security, and manageability, in one stroke. You can leverage the investment even further by integrating billing, expense management, or provisioning systems, if needed. 
A 2009 survey by VDC Research Group found that the typical enterprise expected to realize 10% to 30% cost savings and a reduction in IT staff as a result of choosing a hosted managed mobility solution. 
With its excellent scalability, ease of use, and integration, managed mobility may be the best possible choice for enterprises that need secure, managed mobility.
--Terry Stepien, president of Sybase iAnywhere.


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