Internet of Things
Preparing for the Inevitable
The Internet of Things is showing up everywhere, from the little niceties like lighting a room when you get close or smart thermostats in the office, all the way up to logging work hours, GPS data for salespeople in the field, or even smarter washing machines on a grand scale.
So the big question isn’t whether or not the Internet of Things will be incorporated into the enterprise – it’s when, and how. But no matter when IoT hits critical mass in the enterprise, or what form it takes, organizations need to start considering how they’ll need to prepare for it. With all of IoTs potential comes a cloud of concerns about how to handle your data, your connected devices, your policies.
How will your data centers cope with the immense volume of data from an entire company integrated into IoT? How will you track and protect an extensive inventory of connected devices? And how will employees’ connected devices factor into your policies and support plans?
Technological innovation will, of course, shoulder some of the burden. Gartner has noted that enterprise mobility management integration will be a critical identity and access management requirement for at least 40% of buyers by 2017, with that number continuing to rise as more and more enterprises embrace IoT. But someone still has to manage the EMM, and you may need to take on new resources, or embrace managed services. With the complexity of juggling numerous applications, devices, carriers, and operating systems, it’s simply not feasible for your already overtaxed IT staff (who are probably already working at capacity with managing existing network infrastructure and computing devices) to expand their responsibilities to mobile and other connected “things”, too.
Employee support expectations could further amplify the need for additional mobility support. If connected devices become as indispensable to individual productivity as the smartphone has become, it’s only reasonable employees would assume support for connected devices would be comparable to the support they receive now for their smartphones. Does your current managed mobility service provider support your staff with the help they need for all of their connected devices? This goes beyond just the phone they use for work – this can and usually does include their tablets, smart watches, and any other device that ties in to the Internet of Things as employees bring all sorts of connected “everything” to work. A single touchpoint for all help related to everything mobile in your company is crucial for keeping support simple as mobility becomes more complex.
A quality managed mobility services provider can and will provide support for more than just your mobile phones – it’ll help you with every device connecting your company to IoT. They’re equipped with best-in-class tools, and integrate their services seamlessly with your existingsupport systems, allowing your company to grow and thrive as it utilizes more of the work-enhancing aspects of IoT, without all the heavy lifting. Why let your company be hindered by a lack of support, technology, or even funding from poorly managed overview of the costs incurred?
When your company is ready to take advantage of industry-leading solutions to manage its mobile needs, without having to fund an entire dedicated mobility support team, Wireless Analytics is ready for you. Imagine a single resource that can provide mobile support to your entire enterprise’s – while delivering guaranteed cost-control. You can embrace the Internet of Things with open arms, and take advantage of all it has to offer the enterprise world, with the help of Wireless Analytics.