As soon as mobile phones and tablets begin rolling out in an enterprise, you know it’s only a matter of time before someone says “We should introduce an app”. Is that a sensible idea? It very much depends on the circumstances, and it certainly isn’t the case that moving to supporting mobile devices means you also have to roll out newly-developed mobile apps for your workforce.
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.