The musings of an IT Consultant

Nov 30 2011   11:58PM GMT

Mobile Device Policies

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as I spoke about in my last post, there will be a huge mobile device explosion this Christmas.

I mentioned that IT personnel should get prepared for the coming storm. Where to start? Well first off, you will have to define the risks and benefits to the use of mobile devices in the work place. Then you will have to determine how you can mitigate those risks and take advantage of those benefits.

There are many pieces of technology out there that can help you deal with MDM (mobile device management) in the work place, but my best advice? If you have any say in the matter, see if you can hold off. Wait even just a year and the technology should mature a bit more where we might have a fighting chance at adequately supporting these devices in a corporate environment.

Don’t get me wrong, there are solutions out there now, but they are all in their infancy. If anything one of the best things you can do now is use products such as Citrix and the Citrix Receiver App to keep all your data in the cloud, so nothing actually exists on the actual device. This way you’re using your mobile devices more like a dumb terminal. That way if it’s lost or stolen, no data goes missing.

-RP

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