October is nearly here! That means MLB post season is in full swing. It also means 2016 IT planning initiatives are front and center. Are you looking to improve life for your enterprise mobile users? If are you seeking to improve BYOx in 2016, here are three things every IT Director needs to consider:
1. Learn from 2015: What's worked, and what hasn't for IT
Most companies have some sort of BYOx strategy (formerly known as BYOD) and picked a solution a few years ago. If you're 3-4 years into your current strategy, it is the optimal time to improve on your current strategy, review the effectiveness of the current strategy for IT:
- Is your current strategy slowing IT?
- Do you need to free up resources in 2016?
- Does IT still spend a significant amount of time configuring and troubleshooting devices, maintaining and updating critical servers, or perhaps even developing in-house applications?
- Are you looking to enable users and offload IT at the same time?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you're looking for a new architecture. Only a 100% cloud control plane architecture can increase IT agility, maximize your existing resources, and improve BYOx for IT.
2. Does your BYOx Strategy account for growth and scale?
An effective BYOx strategy has two major components: 1) enables users and 2) accounts for growth and scalability. Users need access to all their business apps and data from any device and anywhere. Seems straightforward, right? The IT reality however, is anything but simple. Consider the following diagram:
You know how difficult it can be to add anything to the network or extend applications to the external network. Extending all of these services to BYOx users is difficult with a traditional IT model of treating each of those items separately. So, adding new users, devices, and services tend to grind IT's processes. Commonly, this results in companies can deliver just a fraction of needed services to users, such as just email to smartphones because CIFS is too hard to manage.
3.) Yay! New iPhone and iPad. But how does IT feel?
Q4 brings forth a flurry of hardware and software announcements, as vendors begin announcing their latest upgrades for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Surface Pro 3, Apple iOS 9, iPhone 6s, iPad Pro. As a consumer, you're excited! However, does that excitement carry over to IT?
Your users will of course want to leverage these latest devices to access their work. Q4 brings new high DPI devices, and with those devices comes the potential for usability challenges with existing enterprise apps - especially Windows applications published over RDP. Is your network ready? Will it be able to provide secure access from all these new devices?
So, how do you improve BYOx in 2016?
A Workspace as a Service solution brings 100% cloud architecture to improve BYOx now and is built for future challenges of growth and scale. If you'd like to get ahead of the BYOx curve, and would like to learn more about increasing your IT agility, check out our case study, 'The International Justice Mission', which details how Workspot Workspace as a Service delivers critical business services to Global Human Rights Employees at the International Justice Mission: