The Democratization of Mobility IT

Increasingly, companies are deciding that an Individual Liable approach to mobile devices makes sense and that appears to be a trend that’s here to stay. Compelling, exciting choices in platforms and devices drive companies to allow the use of employee-owned mobile devices on the job.  Today, more and more people are using the same device for business and personal activities.

As employees gain greater freedom in their choice of mobile devices for business use, they experience a range of benefits, while IT faces some real challenges. The situation is a combination of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good is that the broad range of smart phones and the innovation they provide are truly empowering users. Platforms are increasingly enterprise-aware, providing ways to meet corporate security and manageability standards. Yet these same choices lead to a lack of standardization, which is the Bad. And it all leads to the Ugly – what happens when choice gets ahead of the company’s ability to handle it.  What results is a mess.

To learn more about how to deal with the Ugly and embrace the diversity among mobile platforms and devices, check out this article I recently wrote for Mobile Enterprise magazine.