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SMB mobile programs: Tips for CIOs on BYOD and mobile management

Staff, SearchCIO-Midmarket.com

As employees tackle work outside the office as much as -- if not more than -- at the office desk, a company-wide dialogue on mobile devices and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives

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is unavoidable. As the march toward mobility transforms SMB environments and operations, the CIOs in many of these organizations have been charged with making mobility work.

Despite the advantages of these new technologies, we're not going to pretend that the path to mobility is a painless one: Questions about security, storage and access continue to hold SMBs back. But with proper user education and strategic planning around mobile efforts, CIOs can sleep more easily at night while also giving employees the devices they crave.

The following articles, Q&As and expert tips culled from some of SearchCIO-Midmarket's sister sites should resonate with SMB CIOs grappling with mobile content management, cloud computing and more. We hope they help calm your IT apprehensions and give you some new viewpoints on tackling mobility.

BYOD and the content management conundrum

Companies no longer have to guess when the era of mobility will arrive: It's here, and experts say it's here to stay. Mobile programs provide the possibility of lower costs to employers while also appealing to the interests of smartphone- and tablet-minded employees across countless industries. As organizations court the vast advantages of a mobile strategy, they also must consider the development, security and integration implications that ensure a healthy transition -- and, as this news story lays out, how to work across multiple devices and operating systems without misplacing important documents.

Cloud computing and BYOD: A killer combo

IT executives are approaching BYOD with a list of pros and cons, with a heavy concentration on the substantial security and compliance risks of mobility. With the transition to mobile devices, smaller companies must understand and evolve their approaches and strategies related to BYOD, as well as cloud computing. This feature looks at how organizations can begin to subdue concerns regarding application and data security by implementing protective processes, enforcing security features and implementing MDM tools for employees accessing corporate information through their devices.

Tips from the IT channel on growing SMB mobility

As the mobility movement progresses in the SMB workplace, IT departments are starting conversations on how to embrace a new mindset for an on-the-go future. In this Q&A, Tim Howard, chief technology officer at RMON Networks Inc., an IT solutions provider in Kingston, N.H., explains how the BYOD trend is affecting business operations and budgets, how mobility is contributing to a bright, progressive SMB future, and what challenges remain.

Mobile device management: Using the right tools

Mobile device management (MDM) is presenting consumerization-focused IT leaders with myriad obstacles related to controlling data leaks in cloud applications, evolving to updated devices and programs, and managing the volumes of mobile information that employees are accessing. By limiting the reach of applications and centralizing control of accounts, SMBs can achieve greater IT peace of mind. In this tip, learn how these organizations can ace MDM by integrating tools that regulate software delivery, configuration and usage.

How to advance your mobility program

What do poor planning and roaming charges have in common? One often leads to the other, and they result in a hefty bill for SMBs grappling with burgeoning mobility programs in a world of budgets and strict spending. As employees access mobile devices in and out of the workplace, IT departments must take charge of their organization's transition to a BYOD environment. In this three-part series on enterprise mobility from Modern Infrastructure magazine, find out how to squeeze the most value out of BYOD, read about mobile device security products and find out how BYOD costs challenge an organization.

This was first published in July 2013

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