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Overcome BYOD Roadblocks in Your Enterprise With Novell

Gil Cattelain

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August 18, 2014 3:22 pm

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Incorporating a BYOD policy into your enterprise can open up many new doors for your company: It can increase productivity, save money, and create a happier and healthier workforce. Unfortunately, incorporating a strong and reliable BYOD policy that governs acceptable use policies for laptops and remote PCs is not easy without the right technology. And many companies are struggling to overcome their BYOD roadblocks, as a recent survey from CIO Insight shows that just 13 percent of respondents believe there is “heavy” integration of mobile devices in corporate systems.

Here are some of the biggest roadblocks that can stand in the way of a successful BYOD migration:

Management: While employees are usually the ones demanding BYOD services that allow for greater flexibility, the vast majority object to the idea of their employer interfering with the use of their personal devices. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2016, 20 percent of enterprise BYOD programs will fail due to mobile device management (MDM) practices that are too restrictive. Many employees do not want to be tracked due to privacy concerns, and the majority do not want their employer to view applications that they access on their personal devices.

Novell’s endpoint management platform, ZENworks Mobile Management, takes end user privacy into account by requiring permission before remote management tools can be used on an end user’s computer or device. Employees can either accept or deny requests, and during the process management actions can be viewed in real-time.

Scalability: Onboarding even a small amount of end users in a BYOD setting is extremely difficult due to the amount of services that need to be provisioned, like apps and licenses. But when there are hundreds or thousands of users that need to be onboarded in a very short amount of time, the task becomes just about impossible.

Novell’s ZENworks allows IT managers to distribute large amounts of apps and programs from a single location using the cloud. By centralizing this process, scaling becomes easy.

Security: Due to the rising threat of malware, and the increasing security risks that enterprises face when storing data in the cloud, security is a major BYOD roadblock. IT managers need to be completely certain that corporate endpoints are safe and secure when transmitting sensitive information. This is especially important when considering that as much as 70 percent of a company’s intellectual property can move through email alone.

Instead of focusing on managing individual devices, Novell focuses on protecting the data that is being distributed. This provides employees with the freedom they need, while protecting the most important thing on their devices—the sensitive information they are accessing.

Learn more about how Novell can help your organization overcome its BYOD roadblocks.

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