We see the pattern time and again. “Everyone” agrees that a new technology will transform business and you must be part of it or risk being left behind. Businesses caught up in the hype rush to implement optimistic and poorly thought out projects. Something goes wrong resulting in massive costs and reputational damage. Finally, we take a more cautious and realistic approach to building the new technology into our business models and the technology starts to meet its early promise.
Such is Enterprise mobility. The notebook, smartphone, and broadband wireless are enabling technologies, allowing us to break away from the office and have accelerated a transformation of how we think of the workplace. Benefits from anywhere access to data and tools include a boost to productivity, improved customer service, and flexibility for employees. The concept appears to be a clear win/win with evangelist’s spruiking the undeniable benefits, but often ignoring the security implications. We are a long way down the road to mobile maturity, but we are not quite there yet. Read more