T-Mobile has offered it since 2007.
Have a Strategy in Place
It seems like such a simple thing to your end users. They’re eligible for an upgrade on their phone, and they’d like to have one. Whether they have two devices, one for work, one for personal use, or they combined both into one, at this point, pretty much everyone has gone through the upgrade process. They know what it takes to do it for their own device.
Apple and Android have been the consistent focus of enterprise mobility since the fall of BlackBerry, so this might surprise you: if you want to see the future of enterprise mobility, look to the history of enterprise IT: Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft. The Windows 10 keynote took place in the first week of October, amid much speculation whether Microsoft’s keynote could measure up to Apple’s keynote in September. And you could say it went great.
The iPhone “Subscription” – is it the best way to get the newest gadget, or an insidious way for Apple to get more of your money?
Early in September, Apple announced a new plan for its zealous fans – the ability to subscribe to the iPhone upgrade program. There’s been huge amounts of discussion since, ranging from contempt directed at anyone who thinks it’s a good deal to considering it a wash, to those who think it’s a game changing shift in the industry. An overlooked aspect is what this means for your company if your organization has embraced iPhone as the standard smartphone platform.
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.
The Problem with Doing Everything Yourself
A rising trend in many companies is the idea that they should, wherever possible, try to bring all of their operations ‘in house’. If you reduce outsourcing you increase the control you have over what’s going on and what you’re paying for when it comes to the countless things that keep your company running. Having direct oversight of each department and each expenditure is always a good thing, right?
Bring Your Own Everything
Whether your business admits it or not, your employees are already adopting many of the perks of an IoT (Internet of Things)-based world. From widespread adoption of tablets in the workforce, to increasing use of smart watches, and even wireless pay methods, the Internet of Things is here and you need to be ready. More importantly, your IT team needs to be ready. All of these new devices will be generating data on a grand scale. This data needs to be accessible on-the-go and the devices all need managed, tracked, secured, and supported.
Your IT department has probably been struggling to deal with mobile devices on the company network since the days of the BlackBerry – and things haven’t gotten easier with the rise of the smartphone. If they’re not helping employees set up email or connect to Wi-Fi, they’re worrying about device security, whether mobile apps will cause integration issues with existing enterprise platforms, or trying to explain to employees why jailbroken devices aren’t allowed on the network. And that’s on top of maintaining and supporting other enterprise tech infrastructure.
If you’re not in Human Resources then you may wonder what HR has to do with mobile, aside from directing questions to the right people or making sure eligible new hires are issued smartphones. Since the department’s core focus is people, not technology, it might not seem like the company’s mobile strategy would be a main concern for HR.
Agreeing on Wireless Mobile Service Policy
Managing mobility in an enterprise environment is a complex endeavor – and it’s not just because mobile technology evolves at a mind-boggling pace. Each stakeholder involved in your business has specific goals in mind when it comes to mobile in the enterprise environment. From business unit leaders, to HR, to finance, and IT – everyone knows what they need, and what should be a priority. And any changes in your organization’s approach to mobility will have to take all these needs into account.