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Are You Ready for BYOD?

by Sam Lakkundi | insiderPROFILES

April 1, 2012

Due to the widespread popularity of smart phones and tablet devices, many businesses are considering the value of the bring your own device (BYOD) model. Though it saves companies money by allowing employees to use personal devices for work purposes, the BYOD model brings with it important obstacles, such as how to mitigate information security risks and development costs.
 

Consumer demand for smartphones and tablets exploded in recent years. Nearly everyone today has a mobile device that enables them to check email, surf the web, share pictures and videos, and choose from thousands of apps, such as Angry Birds, Facebook, and Skype. This phenomenon has left many organizations grappling with an important question: How can companies use these consumer-oriented devices and applications in a business context, while at the same time mitigating the information security risks, development costs, and management complexities that can result from their use? The answer to this question lies in the bring your own device (BYOD) model.

Accelerate Your BYOD Strategy

In a BYOD model, employees use their personal mobile devices to access corporate information and applications. This model offers great benefits to both the employee and the enterprise, but requires a solid foundation to meet corporate and IT requirements. Before your business embarks on a BYOD model, you should incorporate a flexible mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) in your planning. A MEAP addresses three critical components of an organization’s mobile strategy — development, deployment, and management of mobile applications:

  • Development. Your company’s MEAP should enable developers to write code once and deploy that code to multiple devices, like smartphones and tablets from Apple, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows, to name a few. Furthermore, your mobile platform should support multiple mobile application development channels, like Native, HTML5, Hybrid, Mobile Web, Desktop, and Desktop Web. Developers should be able to connect to various enterprise information systems, such as SAP ERP applications, databases, and web services, and offer online or offline access for users with a complete sync framework.
  • Deployment. Businesses can take advantage of the already widely adopted “app store” model in their own mobile app deployment efforts. A typical app store provides access to applications for one mobile device type. Of course, an enterprise that has multiple devices in its environment will need support across all mobile devices and platforms. To create this kind of enterprise app store model, companies should use a MEAP that has the ability to easily provision corporate applications that are aligned with corporate governance and security policies. 
  • Management. Multiple mobile devices, platforms, and applications could mean chaos for the IT administrator responsible for managing mobile deployments. Administrators should have access to a portal that enables them to assign policies to the developed applications, align applications to users, groups, and roles, and promote the applications in their enterprise app store. The administrative console should provide tools to manage user and device registration as well as application and device policies. It should also address other management features, including synchronization, security, logging, and configuration.

A strategic BYOD model includes support for many types of mobile devices, platforms, and applications. We have learned that the adoption of mobile devices is connected with the availability of mobile apps, so enterprises looking to quickly provide a complete BYOD model will need to offer employee-consumable applications. For rapid application development, consider teaming up with a partner who can provide prebuilt, configurable applications that are completely customizable to your unique environment.

Take Full Advantage of BYOD with Kony

A key component of Kony’s BYOD strategy is the concept of a “secure mobile application container” that abstracts applications and data away from the specifics of the device and operating system. Kony’s application container provides a separate and secure virtual environment on the mobile device in which to run Kony and non-Kony applications and store related data. Kony creates solutions that can help a company’s mobile workforce benefit from a BYOD strategy. The mobile enterprise application platform, KonyOne, allows developers to define an application just once, and deploy it across more than 9,000 devices, seven operating systems, and multiple channels. Kony also provides prebuilt, configurable applications designed to shorten development time and bring down costs. Learn more at kony.com/solutions/enterprise-solutions.

         
Sam Lakkundi
     

Sam Lakkundi
Vice President, Strategy
Kony Solutions

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