Out with the Old:
Increasingly, your users want to work from home or from remote locations; the need to be in the office from 9 – 5 is disappearing.
Whether they’re traditional field sales staff who are used to working from the car or they’re developers working remotely, the need to be sure that your users remain connected and secure is more important than it’s ever been.
At the same time, the traditional “desktop PC” view of the world is also becoming a legacy system like all capital-intensive IT investment: the difficult to maintain, falling behind the curve kind of technology that you’d love to get rid of but can’t quite bring yourself to throw away.
In with the New
The user’s demand to use whatever is on trend, fresh or realistically more appropriate is loud and clear. With an abundance of screens – phone and tablet sized as well as laptops – in use by almost everyone, the need to manage and control these in a light touch manner is increasingly important.
In reality what’s happening is that your users are either surreptitiously using their own devices, so called shadow IT, or demanding that they can use whatever technology they have at home or on the road. The use of personal phones, a Mac and more complex devices such as wi-fi access points in order to bypass the corporate lack of investment is now a real compliance and risk issue for many businesses.
How to Manage User’s Own Devices
There are a number of device management strategies and tools to help you to manage your staff’s own devices if they are to be used for the company’s business. Most of these are designed to control the behaviour of the user and the device on the network, and to restrict the user’s personal activity – which obviously can cause issues from the user’s perspective.
There are some tools that allow the use of a device in a mixed environment in a containerised approach. This completely separates corporate and personal data so the device can be used for both business and personal use, securely, without any restrictions.
Soliton SecureContainer – DME 5.0
DME from Soliton is a prime example of the containerised approach to BYOD. It is a single app which allows the use of iOS or Android devices for corporate email, calendar and contacts in a way that keeps all the corporate data separate from the personal data on the device. DME makes it easy for the user to behave in a safe and secure way, and enjoy the benefits of having their own device safely integrated into their working environment.