The enormous growth in smartphone and tablet use in our daily lives has meant that companies are wrestling with how to manage the growth in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. Thus, almost every company today is trussing with the challenge of how to best support, manage a wide variety of devices, both within the office building and outside. As employees work increasingly on their smartphones and tablets, companies must decide how to manage them effectively for the overall company’s performance. However, this is particularly challenging for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) that often times do not have full range of IT resources, additional budget to support rapid IT environments changes. Undoubtedly both employee and employer benefit from the increased mobility such devices provide to the workforce, but effectively and safely managing them can cause headaches. How can we do it well?
Are you overlooking cloud-based mobility management?
The idea of mobility involves more than carrying portable smart devices, but rather ability to freely, seamlessly and securely transfer information, being connected without geographical limitations. In that case, a cloud based mobility management, rather than simple mobility management will be imperative and foundational step to take. A cloud based mobility service encompassing device management, mobile application management; secure document sharing and even mobile expense management can provide a holistic and secure proof approach to a company’s mobile woes.
Cloud-based mobility management, as distinct from simply mobile device management, provides five key benefits for SMBs:
- Cost scalability: Cloud based models are based on monthly payments scalable with your organization, rather than inflexible upfront payments.
- Support for all devices: A cloud based model will support all devices; Window, Mac, Android and Blackberry. Operating systems move quickly!
- Speed: The cloud provides the ability to implement, deploy and configure a solution within hours, rather than weeks or months.
- Real time support: Mobile OS updates come quickly. Cloud-based providers can update their service almost immediately rather than weeks later providing real time updates to employees.
The real application: Cloud Connector on the office printer
These benefits can be found in Samsung Cloud Connector, one of the Business Core™ Printing Solutions offerings. Through the Cloud Connector, printing and scanning can be seamlessly integrated with various cloud services, such as Google Drive™, Microsoft™ SharePoint® Online, Evernote®, Dropbox™ and OneDrive™, online. It provides users with ability to scan to and print from the cloud with easy, secure access and without any additional server, allowing management, printing and sharing of documents with greater efficiency, agility and even cost efficiently. It supports various file formats and cloud services to choose formats and services based on needs to achieve the most efficient and convenient experience possible, from PDF (Secure, Searchable and Compact), XPS, TIFF and to JPG. Furthermore, serverless solutions provide a cost effective solution and the ability to reduce waste, and lower printing and supply costs. The cloud provides ease of installation and usability so that whatever the device, information can be accessed on the move. SMBs can make use of improved work efficiency providing them with maximized gains from the resources they have available.
Successful mobility management within business environment is inevitable path for all business will have to take, including and especially SMBs. And cloud based mobility management should be the foundational if not partnering, technology that must be equipped to accommodate highly mobile business environment, or mobility management of a business. Samsung Cloud Connector is a simple first step that every business can take, which is simple and can optimized to deliver streamlined operations on the move.