Email Is The Most Crucial Element In BYOD

Arguments over bring-your-own-device (BYOD) schemes often centre around whether key business apps should be migrated as native apps or accessed via a virtual desktop. However, the most important app is one you're less likely to mess with: email.

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A report on moving beyond BYOD to a 'BYOX' environment from management software provider AppSense notes that email's importance is often underestimated:

Email is the killer app- it will make or break your program. The ability to use business email on personal devices was perhaps the biggest driver of BYOD, and email is likely to remain the most critical app in the BYOX environment for some time to come.

While adding email to a device is generally not fiddly, providing a secured email environment with data-loss prevention can be more complex. Has adding secure email to a wide range of devices driven you mad? Share your tale in the comments.



    BYOD is bigger than just email. Employees also want to access corporate applications from their devices. This includes Microsoft Office, ERP, CRM and internal corporate systems. This demand significantly increases the complexity of BYOD, placing greater burdens on IT staff.

    Besides the container approach of separating between corporate and personal data on the device, another approach involves keeping corporate data off of the device entirely. This approach leverages virtualization to publish Windows applications and virtual desktops as well as HTML5 technology to enable access to those applications and desktops from HTML5-compatible browsers.

    One example is Ericom's AccessNow HTML5 RDP client. AccessNow enables any tablet, smartphone or laptop with an HTML5 browser to access Windows applications and VDI virtual desktops and run them in a browser tab.

    There's nothing to install on the device, which means that corporate data and applications can remain safely in the data center. And it's easy to deploy applications to employees' tablets and smartphones. All they need to do is click on the URL provided by IT staff, and they can launch their applications or even full desktops.

    Check out this link for more info:

    Please note that I work for Ericom

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