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The big mobile problem your company may be ignoring
Device configuration, access to corporate resources, security capabilities, and app management are often the hot topics when talking about enterprise mobile management. Given that those areas are huge priorities regardless of whether a company is operating a BYOD program or providing mobile devices to employees (or both), these four issues need to be addressed in technology use policies and they need to be implemented technologically with one or more of the many excellent mobile management solutions on the market.
In dealing with the influx of new smartphones, tablets, and whole new mobile platforms, it's easy to fixate on solving the four core needs of proper configuration, access to corporate resources, security, and app management. These things are huge priorities, regardless of whether your company operates a BYOD program or provides mobile devices to employees, and they can be implemented with one of the many mobile management solutions on the market.
Fixating on just these issues, however, can keep IT leaders and teams from even recognizing other pressures that the explosion of mobile technology puts onto an organization.
- Ensuring a healthy work/life balance among newly mobile workers
- Determining how the work-anywhere-at-anytime model impacts the paychecks of hourly and salaried employees
- Effectively managing mobile-related expenses for both employee-owned BYOD devices, and for corporate-issued smartphones, tablets, and other mobile access devices like mobile hotspots.
One reason that mobile expense management often falls through the cracks is that it isn't exactly an IT issue -- at least, not any more than ensuring that there's enough paper for all the printers in company. While IT will likely purchase, set up, and troubleshoot a company's printers, purchasing supplies for them is typically a task for office supply and procurement managers and/or the finance department.
The same is often true when paying most recurring bills, ranging from electricity to office space rentals to expense reports to mobile calling plans. IT may have some role in managing mobile expenses, but it can be as minimal as using a mobile device management (MDM) tool to disable domestic or international data roaming.
Some would argue that finance or individual departments should manage mobile expenses. But finance staff or department managers rarely have the tools, understanding, and time to manage mobile expenses in an effective manner. Yes, these parties can sift through the bills and look for users or devices that are particularly high and work to minimize use, but that's a pretty basic concept of expense management -- and even that can take many hours or even days to sort through.
After all, even trying to make sense of all the charges on your own personal mobile bill and trying to figure out ways to minimize expenses can be a challenge. Are you better off with a shared data plan for your devices versus a dedicated plan for each of them? That's a tough question for any individual to answer.
Magnify the mass of information associated with a family plan by factors of hundreds or thousands and you'll get an idea of the challenge for enterprise companies that likely rely on multiple carriers in different regions and potentially different countries.
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