One of the challenges with mobile computing in the enterprise is that the diversity of devices that need to be supported puts a lot of pressure on backend systems. As many IT organizations begin to encounter that issue they are discovering some of the under-appreciated benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
According to Pat Lee, director of product management for end-user clients for VMware, the only way users of those mobile devices can easily access legacy applications is using offerings such as VMware View running on top of VMware. Instead of reworking enterprise applications to support HTML or a particular native mobile computing format, VMware View allows mobile users to access those applications as though they were running Windows.
In addition, Lee notes that approach typically results in fewer support calls to the help desk while also making it easier to extend all the existing corporate policies out to those mobile computing devices.
There are a lot of implications when it comes mobile computing in the enterprise, not the least of which is figuring out how to manage devices that may not even belong to the company.
But as the pressure to do something sooner than later continues to build, it is clear that IT organizations need an approach to mobile computing in the enterprise that addresses as much of the problem as soon as humanely possible.