Just a few years ago, the iPad did not exist at all. Today over 34 million iPads have been sold in the United States. Increasingly, people not only use iPads at work, but companies are encouraging their employees to bring their personal mobile devices to work. This is called a BYOD or Bring Your Own Device and it is characteristic of a mobile workforce. Ipad management has not been one of the primary concerns until now.
This new concern goes hand in hand with iphone management, iphone security and ipad security for an apple mobile device. iphone device management will be important in years ahead. Even so, now only 9 percent of companies that use BYOD have a policy in place to ensure that the mobile devices that come in to work are secure.
Even for companies that do not allow a BYOD system, 70 percent of smartphone users check their email outside of work. This raises security concerns, to say the least. It is for this reason that ipad management, a subset of mobile device management, should be provided over a cloud that is scalable, secure and convenient. ipad management represents the future of office work and it is for this reason that it is necessary to find safe and respectful ways to institute it.
Having a mobile workforce is becoming more common. It can save thousands of dollars every year on office space. But it requires new resources such as patch management software, which is necessary to keep systems virus free. 230 million people in the US over the age of 13 use mobile devices, 65 million own a smartphone and business mobile users make up 30 percent of subscribers. BYOD is even becoming popular in some schools. As many as 74 percent of companies allow BYOD.
A mobile workforce is one of the best ways to make sure that resources are saved, but this needs to be balanced by resources that ensure that information is secure. It is for that reason recommended that any company using a mobile workforce has policies in place which will ensure that the mobile workforce is prepared for challenges. A mobile workforce may not be the only means of doing business, but it is certainly an important one.