Almost a decade ago, when working from a brick and mortar office was a norm, was it possible for entrepreneurs to even dream of working anytime anywhere? Certainly ‘No’. Today, with over 5.3 billion people across the globe on mobile, business tycoons have grabbed the opportunity to leverage mobile channels to drive positive business outcomes. This use of mobile devices for business purposes apart from email and other communication solutions, as well as, line of business applications can well be referred to as enterprise mobility.

While, mobility has become an integral part of the IT environment, it has found its applicability across all industries. Indeed, more and more companies are concerning BYOD (Bring your own device) as the new business trend. BYOD is the practice of utilizing personal devices such as smartphone, tablets, etc. by employees, to access confidential company resources such as corporate emails, databases and applications for the purpose of work.

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While employees are taking delight in this new sense of freedom, businesses too are able to work closely with employees in a more collaborative and real-time ways. In fact, unprecedented growth rates and penetration of mobile phones and tablets have made it inevitable for businesses to adopt enterprise mobility. However, it is the ‘Cloud’ that have empowered these devices to become integrated part of our lives.

Forward-looking organizations across the globe, are trying to maximize their enterprise mobility capabilities by embracing a cloud-based infrastructure. EMS (Enterprise Mobility Suite) by Microsoft offers all the capabilities (tools and technologies) required to enable users entirely in this new, cloud-enabled world. In fact, security risks across all type of devices are addressed that too while establishing security measures that can safeguard an organizations’ systems, data, and networks.

The drift toward BYOD and BYOC (Bring your own cloud), along with the shift towards the consumerization of IT— puts forth an opportunity to help augment cost-effectiveness, user productivity and customer-satisfaction. However, this trend is followed by several management and security challenges that require to be addressed, so that enterprise infrastructure and corporate data are protected.

Whether it is security, management, or any other challenge of BYOD, organizations need to view these challenges holistically so that they can develop a more viable enterprise mobility strategy.