Why isn't Enterprise Mobility an IT speciality?

On April 3rd, 1973, the first mobile telephone call was made by Motorola1. Since then, the prevalence and market share of mobile devices has increased dramatically, with a massive surge in the past decade. This can be attributed to the countless advantages that come from utilizing mobile phones; from making telephone calls, sending work or personal emails, reviewing confidential enterprise documents, or even checking one’s bank account. By increasing accessibility to work documents, employees can travel while staying connected to their team; working on business reports remotely. Mobile phones have become foundational to employee productivity – and concurrently drive employee satisfaction.

Unfortunately, an increase in accessibility results in increased opportunities for hackers or malware to access personal and corporate data. Employees logging in from an unsecured network, malicious software and application downloads, and outdated or non-existent virus protection are just a few of the myriad of situations that can lead to breaches.

These developments beg the question – why isn’t Mobile IT recognized as a separate competency on most IT Staffs? The end user employee is screaming for corporate access through mobile devices to consume corporate data and perform employee tasks – why is Enterprise Mobile not considered separate and distinct to meet this demand? Why is “ Mobile IT Administrator” not a common job title – as was the case with the “BES Administrator” before the explosion of the iPhone?

There are two forces suppressing the movement of mobile in the enterprise: 1) Older IT Leaders at corporations – who are weary of continuous and many times overwhelming IT innovations that they cannot pay for nor want to deal with from a security standpoint; and 2) Established IT vendors who are trying to roll Mobile into “just another form factor” whereby mobile is simply another type of “laptop”. Both of these groups have combined to slow and minimize the enterprise mobile revolution. However, employees – from the CEOs on top (“I demand to use my tablet from my vacation house for work”) to employees who increasingly do everything computing-related on their phone – all of these are begging for more access in order to be more productive.

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So why try and stop Enterprise Mobile in the corporate setting? Smart companies are embracing it and these are the companies moving forward with young employees whom ultimately drive business as well as enthusiasm.

1http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2963619.stm

2http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3374393

3http://legmannews.com/global-enterprise-mobility-market-will-procure-500-0-billion-in