With the increasing popularity of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) mobile policy, companies are faced with the complexities of successfully implementing BYOD. While BYOD can bring many benefits in terms of employee productivity, especially in terms of field service and field sales, BYOD poses the challenge of finding the right balance between too much and too little central control. Employee’s personal data must be afforded the same careful handling as corporate data. Fortunately, for IT Managers, a number of toolsets and technologies have emerged. Also, companies are experiencing BYOD success by sticking to a few tenants of good BYOD policy management, as explained below.
With the advent of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, IT Departments are placing a new priority on finding mobile applications which are device agnostic. In the past, IT Departments focused on a homogenous mobile device management (MDM) strategy. An example is using one platform for all mobile devices, such as BlackBerry. Yet such strategies are quickly losing traction as users are focused on flexibility, specifically the flexibility to BYOD. As more and more people turn to platforms such as Android and Apple, and with the extreme popularity of mobile phones such as the Android based Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note, as well as the Apple iPhone and iPad, IT Departments are compelled to allow users to use such devices for work. In fact, 67 percent of users who use a smartphone for work, and 70 percents of users who use a tablet for work, chose the device themselves.1
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Fortunately for enterprise mobile application developers and users, a new hybrid mobile application framework has emerged which presents solutions to the dilemma caused by a fractured mobile device market. This hybrid framework takes advantage of both HTML and the native code of the device. Developers use native code to develop some of the application, and such code enables developers to integrate native functionality into the mobile application. For example, users can use their mobile device’s camera or GPS as part of the application. Using native code also improves load times, as such code is pushed to the mobile device via a server and stored in the device’s memory (verses accessed via a web page).