Mobile working to face challenges in 2014

Mobile working to face challenges in 2014

The concept of remote working by way of mobile devices really took off during 2013, and its adoption among the IT departments of many businesses is unlikely to slow down during the coming year.

Trends such as bring your own device (BYOD) and cloud computing have leapt to the forefront of the minds of many IT managers and employees across the country, becoming so widespread that their use is now considered relatively normal.

Yet there are still a number of challenges that are set to present themselves to firms over the course of the next 12 months, meaning that it is vital that businesses are adequately prepared.

One of the key obstacles in which IT managers must overcome is the correct deployment of mobile devices.

With so many different makes and models currently on the market, it can understandably be tricky to figure out which devices will suit the needs of your organisation the best, a vital consideration when developing a mobile strategy.

It will therefore be more crucial than ever that IT managers do their research on the devices that are available, as well as making note of whether such an approach will be a benefit to the organisation.

Jonathan Rutherford, Vodafone UK head of corporate and public sector marketing, told Computer Weekly recently: "There's a number of considerations, such as which device type, ruggedised or not, operating systems, laptop or netbook or handheld device."

The last 12 months have also seen something of a cultural shift in the way many employees decide to work, with there being a certain level of momentum behind the idea that workers should have a choice in what device they choose to use when inside or away from the office.

Although on the one hand, the rise of the UK's 4G network is bound to usher in a year filled with exciting new capabilities, it is also set to cause a headache in many IT departments, who will need to keep up in order to ensure that security is made a top priority.