BYOD hits the big time

Applied Research’s recent survey, The State of Mobility Survey 2012, sponsored by Symantec, concludes that mobile applications and use of mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, to access corporate applications has exploded in recent months and that the BYOD (Bring your own Device) trend seems to have reached a tipping point in adoption by public and private sector organizations.

According to the State of Mobility survey, 71% of companies are considering the development of custom line-of-business applications for mobile devices. This will lead to an explosion in mobile development capabilities that will be undertaken largely by external development partners, but also by internal IT departments.

Observers of standard industry adoption curves will be interested to note how enterprise mobility application use has progressed from accessing corporate email to accessing business critical content and systems, like CRM systems, BI and reporting dashboards and enterprise content management and collaboration solutions, like Microsoft SharePoint.

In the last year the level of smartphone and tablet ownership has sky-rocketed, and with it the trend towards the consumerisation of IT. This poses significant challenges for corporate IT departments who are struggling to keep up with the number of new devices and formats that are coming on to the market. With the consumerisation of IT comes an expectation from corporate users – often led by senior executives – to be able to use their private smartphones or tablet devices to access corporate systems and content.

A survey covering 17 countries by business technology company Avanade found that 88% of executives said employees were using their own personal computing technologies for business purposes.

IT departments are being hit by a perfect storm – an explosion of new hardware devices and the growth of the BYOD (Bring your own Device) policy. Many IT departments have embraced BYOD, but many are yet to create formal strategies and plans around how to support private mobile and computing devices in the workplace.

The biggest barrier to BYOD being adopted is obviously security. Some mobile enterprise applications store personal credentials and corporate data & content on the device. What happens if the device is stolen or misplaced? There are many remote mobile device management solutions out there and you should consider evaluating these as a matter of course, but we at Azurati can’t help but think that for enterprise mobile applications to be truly secure, they should avoid having any sensitive data or content stored on the device.

Here is what we think you should be aiming for to support your BYOD policy:

  • Secure mobile VPN
  • Zero footprint on mobile device
  • Encrypted authentication
  • Encrypted data/content, if it must be stored on the device (for offline use, for example)

Azurati‘s Mobile Application Development platform and its SharePoint2Go solution, use these security features as standard.

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Windows Phone tipped to take #2 spot in worldwide sales by 2015

It might sound incredible, but new independent research by IHS iSuppli, predicts that Windows Phone will take the number two spot in mobile platform sales by 2015.

iSuppli, a well regarded research organisation, bases its prediction on the strong support and commitment to Windows Phone powered devices by Nokia.  The research indicates that devices like the Nokia Lumia 900 will be the catalyst for explosive growth in Windows Phone-powered devices and renew the fortunes of Nokia, who had lost market share in recent years to Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS.

In 2015 it is predicted that 16.7% of smatphones shipped will be powered by Windows Phone, up from a meagre 1.9% in 2011, but only fractionally ahead of iOS-powered devices.

What this reasearch does not consider is how the market will react to future iPhone and iPad releases from Apple.  Early indications are that the iPad 4 will experience unprecedented demand with the certain inclusion of Siri, a higher resolution screen and thinner design.

The ever-changing mobile device landscape looks set to cause continued problems for IT departments looking to formulate a logical and cohesive enterprise mobility strategy.  Do you nominate a single device based on the current market as a corporate standard, or do you follow the path that an increasing number of public and private organisations are following and implement a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategy, where a user is able to bring any smartphone or tablet device in to the workplace and where the IT function becomes responsible for information and user security only?

Azurati, as a promising and emerging player in the secure mobile enterprise application market, supports the BYOD strategy whole-heartedly.  After all, how many people do you know today who are using Windows Phone-powered devices?

If the research from iSuppli is to be believed, there will be significantly more by 2015 and yet another device to support, if a BYOD strategy is not implemented.

Secure Mobile SharePoint has a new name

London, 1 February 2012. A new name in mobile SharePoint solutions for enterprise users has been born.   Azurati, the new name for Simply SharePoint, will focus on developing world-class secure mobile solutions for enterprise users.

Azurati also announces that its flagship solution, SharePoint2Go™ , a solution that provides mobile enterprise users with secure access to Microsoft SharePoint on any mobile or tablet device, has been released to final beta version.

SharePoint2Go has a number of unique features, like:

  • Intuitive mobile interface that supports all mobile and tablet devices
  • Accessing multiple on-premise or cloud based SharePoint sites
  • Single Sign-On and encrypted authentication for accessing multiple SharePoint sites
  • Support for PKI encryption and Mobile VPN access
  • Ability to convert custom WebParts in to Azurati V-Parts so that they can be used on mobile devices through SharePoint2Go
  • Ability to brand and customise the mobile UI
  • Cloud and on-premise deployment options

For more information e-mail sales@azurati.com or book a free trial of SharePoint2Go at:  http://www.azurati.com/Subscribe.aspx

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