There is a distinct difference in the workplace between laptop mobility and mobile devices. For laptops, mobile simply exists as an extension of the desktop; it can connect to a corporate network, be secured by IT, and can work off of a VPN. Mobility for laptops has given workers a longer leash, but it has not changed what they do day to day, just how they do it.
With smartphones and tablets, mobility takes on an entirely different role. These devices are a new way of computing on-the-go with versatile operating systems and easy-to-use apps. Users connect to Wi-Fi and data networks as they please, and if said smartphone or tablet belongs to an employee, companies have no say as to how it can be used.
Although the gap exists between laptop mobility and mobile devices, the usability of smartphones and tablets has set new expectations for workers. Employees now expect companies to develop software that will make their jobs easier, and if the company doesn’t, workers will make use of third party programs.
This means that it is time for businesses to seriously look at cloud solutions to provide employees access to easy-to-use systems, while maintaining enterprise class security. It’s a tough line to walk, and one that TechnologyGuide sister site, BrianMadden explores. Read more on why “mobile” for laptops is not the same as “mobile” for tablets and smartphones.