ems_001Did you spot the phone that dropped between the seats on the train this morning? Or maybe the tablet left next to that half-finished cup of coffee in the restaurant? Or how about your own device that you’re pretty sure you took out while you were in the bank but now you’re not too sure and you’re currently frantically patting down each pocket…

It is estimated that UK employees lose nearly 10,000 mobile devices a year.

Which is bad news for all of us, but nightmare-inducing for IT pros working in large companies and dealing with perhaps hundreds of devices full of sensitive company and customer data. Once that device is out of the hands of the employee, it’s a free-for-all. Whoever picks it up has access. This isn’t a scenario that any company can live with, so what’s the answer?

Put simply, it’s an enterprise mobility solution that will manage and protect users, devices, apps and data – whether it’s on company devices or the employee’s own. There’s lots more about Enterprise Mobility Management in the EMS Gartner MQ.

Serving a mobile workforce

As an IT leader there are several critical areas constantly in play, including identity management, device management and information protection. In the past, these three traditionally relied on software that ran inside your organisation. So what happens in 2016 when your workforce is taking their mobile devices everywhere, accessing both on-premises and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications? Work is being done on the move and security must reflect that, across Windows 10, iOS, and Android.

Now there’s an approach that lets you provide everything your users expect, while still giving you the protection and control you need. And it’s all covered in Protecting and Empowering Your Connected Organization.

BYOD and your company’s security

If your company allows employees to bring their own devices, you are potentially saving over £1,100 per person on hardware, support and data. In addition, BYOD has helped many organisations get an average of 51 minutes per week in increased productivity. That’s over £600/year per employee in the UK. But doesn’t that take security even further out of your control?

The short answer is ‘no.’ EMS works with BYOD – you still retain control of important company data even when it is stored on an employee’s own device. Plus, it works seamlessly with Office 365.

Saving money sooner, not later

So when does your organisation see the financial benefits of all this? It could be in as little as ten months according to the EMS Total Economic Impact (TEI) Report by Forrester. So next time you see a lonely device that someone has either forgotten or dropped, it could be a disaster for the company in question, or with EMS it’s no more than a simple piece of plastic with all its valuable content frozen and out of harm’s way. And on top of that, it’s saving the company money.

Acknowledgment and thanks to Kris Evans for this article.