We’ll be devoting most of this ebook to looking at how you can expand device choice in a secure fashion, but it’s worth recognising that there are scenarios where limited device choices can make sense. We don’t want to suggest this is the norm — if only because you’re likely to experience passive resistance in the form of people bringing their own devices anyway — but there are occasions when it can make sense.
Even if you’ve decided that mobile phones will only play a relatively minimal role in your environment (calls, texts, emails and basic browsing), your mobile choices have only just begun. The conventional laptop still plays a vital role, but now competes with tablet machines and hybrids (which can convert from tablet to laptop form as needed) for corporate attention. Here’s our take on when each form factor makes sense.
One of the most fundamental questions facing any business looking to update its mobile strategy is this: should you let your staff choose whatever technology they like and offer to support it, or instead force them to pick from a more restricted list? Let’s weigh up the pros and cons of each approach.
During the time when I worked in IT, one of my least favourite situations was when the business showed up with a answer before they’d really understood their questions. Forrester vice president Josh Bernoff dives head-long into that territory, with a focus on mobile development in a recent blog post.
The Pareto principle argues (in simplistic terms) that 80 per cent of effects derive from just 20 per cent of causes. The 80:20 rule can be a useful approach to adopt when you’re trying to devise mobile security strategies, especially as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) creates an ever-diversifying stream of devices that need to be controlled.