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Pragati Chaplot Jain

"Mobility in the Cloud: Is your IT Infrastructure Ready for the Mobile Explosion? "

Pragati Chaplot Jain
Technical Writer
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Pragati Chaplot Jain has been writing about the current developments of mobile and cloud industry for the last couple of years. Her primary interest areas are mobile device management and security of mobile devices used by corporate employees.

Enabled by the Internet, cloud computing is widely considered one of the most revolutionary technologies of the decade. It has attracted the attention of many vendors and investors for its scalable and robust architecture. The gamut of “-as-a-service” is exploding. Based on a Cloudability survey, about 86% of companies across the world use more than one cloud computing solution. In India too, businesses of all types have been ardent adopters of cloud based services. As per Nasscom, the cloud computing market in India will top USD 16 billion by 2020.

Another groundbreaking technology of our era is mobile computing. Today, information is no longer restricted to our desktops and laptops. Instead, it is self-controlled via smartphones and tablets.  While smartphones have found an easy and needy spot next to our wallets, tablets have become a preferred tool of the sales force. These new mobile tools have fuelled growth for the increase of mobile worker population across the globe.  An IDC survey indicates that the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) region will witness the largest increase of mobile workers due to strong economic expansions.

To cater to the needs of growing mobile workers, many businesses are marrying both these technologies. Mobility and Cloud have come together to create an “always connected’ world. One such example of their successful fusion is exhibited in the cloud based mobile device management (MDM) solution.

This pairing has fueled a popular trend in workplaces known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The BYOD trend is best exemplified by employees bringing their personal owned mobile devices to work and using them to access corporate resources. While the BYOD trend allows employees to benefit from a better work life balance, it raises concerns about the secured state of the corporate network. Mobile device management (MDM) solutions allow IT executives to control and manage their mobile assets, such as their documents and applications. Further, these solutions can help manage mobile data expenses to ensure a ROI on BYOD..

In an era where the smartphone and mobile user population is climbing, MDM solutions are no longer a “nice-to-have” solution but a “must-have” solution. In few words, MDM is the cure to your BYOD ailments. So must an enterprise opt for a cloud based MDM solution against a traditional in-house MDM solution?

The current MDM market has both – a set of vendors providing traditional in house solutions and another set of vendors providing cloud based solutions. While the former is the more traditional approach and allows you to exercise complete control over the situation, it does require significant investments and dependency on in-house expertise to get the job done the right way. Another hiccup in this traditional methodology is the time gap between the project going on books and happening in real time. I don’t mean to downplay the traditional approach but want to point that the cloud based approach offers more benefits than the traditional in-house approach. The cloud based model is not only pay as you go, but relieves the stress and time that one has to expend to understand and implement the technology. Here are some more reasons why you should consider a cloud-based mobility platform: 

  1. Manage, control and secure your IT assets from anywhere, at any time and from anyplace. A cloud based mobility platform allows IT to proactively support their mobile workforce.
  2. Rapid deployment of control agents on your mobile assets.
  3. Deploy, manage and update multiple mobile devices (and their attendant network) and IT resources from a centralized console.
  4. Eliminate mobile blind spots by tracking down mobile devices residing outside the corporate perimeters.
  5. Conceal your network security loopholes and improve risk management through real-time policy enforcement, remediation, and compliance reporting.
  6. Reap maximum cost savings and minimum infrastructure investments by integrating multiple vendor platforms and security applications into one solution.

And just when you thought you’d heard it all, a recent survey from Gartner has revealed that cloud-based MDM solutions are getting hotter.

Whether you select on-premises or cloud, you must not consider BYOD a passing fad. Instead of honing in on a single solution, enterprises must assess their mobile needs, study their network requirements and look for solutions that provide mutual benefits to both them and their mobile workers. It is time mobility becomes the core of an IT program. It is time IT ensures that the IT infrastructure is ready to handle the mobile explosion.