Lifecycle Solutions: Mobility

          Secure, Manageable Mobility

          Harnessing the power

          Mobile computing has changed the way we live, work, and play. Never before have so many possibilities been right at our fingertips—from instant face-to-face video calling and real-time document collaboration to anywhere, anytime Internet access. Harnessing the power of notebooks, tablets, and smartphones has become a major priority for organizations eager to gain increased productivity and performance.

          Giving your users the ability to work anywhere presents a challenge when it comes to creating a secure, manageable environment. Implementing a successful mobility solution takes more than a handful of smartphones and a wireless plan—it takes careful planning. Preventing data loss is a serious concern, especially when portable devices leave your facility on a regular basis. Not only does your IT staff need to worry about the physical security of portables, they also need to defend against data loss over public, unsecured wireless networks.

          Managing a variety of portable devices, many of which may be running different operating systems, can be a formidable challenge. To make certain your data, devices, and network stay uncompromised, you need robust, flexible management, advanced security features, and responsible usage policies.

          Notebooks, Tablets, & Smartphones—Oh My!

          With so many different choices when it comes to mobile computing, finding the right device for your users’ needs may seem daunting. Thanks to powerful new processors and energy efficient technologies, there are many different portable options on the market today—including notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. Should you let your employees choose what devices they use at work? Can they use their personal devices instead of company-supplied ones?

          Different mobile devices offer varying levels of portability, convenience, and performance, so it’s important to consider your users’ environment and computing needs when selecting a device. In many cases, users will require more than one device based on the situation—but keep in mind, supporting too many devices or operating systems can be a challenge for IT staff. Evaluate your users’ workloads, and select a portable device that strikes a good balance between the features your users want and the functionality they need.

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