Break IT down: Digital workplace as a service

By: Carol Zichi

Only one in three small and midsize businesses (SMBs) have adopted a managed mobility solution, according to Gartner.1 That leaves these companies vulnerable to security issues. Moving corporate devices into a secure, self-service environment is a critical need we’re seeing. Digital Workplace as a Service is designed to help midsize companies address those vulnerabilities.

What’s the buzz?

Most of us use smartphones and other devices to work productively. So faster mobile device management (MDM) adoption is a foundational step for a modern environment.

Think of digital workplace as a service as a one-stop shop for device management and deployment, collaboration tools and application provisioning. It’s one platform and one dashboard to securely manage your employees’ devices.

Why now?

Just under half of the SMBs in the Gartner survey said they’re still planning or have no plans for mobility solutions in the near term. Yet device spending projections are up — and that leaves these companies open to security issues.

The thing is, adoption doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing approach. Incremental steps can be taken now. And different industries have different security requirements. For example, one company might start with password and end-user requirements, and another might add apps and virtualization services.

It’s kind of like …

Ordering your personal smartphone and selecting features. You can do things like choose apps, manage plans and more.

Why am I paying attention?

Over the air, light-touch device management and self-serve capabilities are big factors for these companies. Carrier agnostic services and having on-demand access to a lot of features such as security checks and expense management add value as well.

I’m keeping an eye on …

There’s a big opportunity for midsize companies to adopt MDM practices to protect corporate data and give employees quick access to the tools they need to work smarter. Businesses can transition to a modern digital workplace in a way that makes sense for their business.

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About The Author

Carol Zichi

Global Offering Manager for Enterprise Mobility Management, IBM

A passionate student of business transformation, Carol Zichi is a professional with over 30 years of experience in various areas of the computer industry. She is responsible for management of strategy and development in the Mobility Service line. In her spare time, Carol volunteers at local schools and functions to help give all children a... Read more