Top Five Considerations for Developing a Mobile Workspace Blueprint

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The solution needs to offer the user the same familiar experience on a computer at home or on the road that they have in the office. A mobile workspace product is ideal if it is able to take advantage of all of the hardware capabilities of the system that it is working on (Wi-Fi, video card, webcam, printers, external monitors, etc.). And unlike VPN solutions, a secure USB mobile workspace allows workers to access their data and applications without an Internet connection. This is especially important in cases where an Internet connection may not be available – during travel or in a disaster recovery situation. Lastly, an attractive and durable form factor for the mobile device encourages user adoption and protects it from the elements and unintentional abuse.

The secure mobile workspace, or PC-on-a-stick portable desktop, can be an ideal way for organizations to reap the financial and productivity benefits promised by the modern wave of teleworking. Keeping the above in mind will enhance their likelihood of success while doing so.

“Remote work,” or teleworking, is an increasingly important concept as organizations attempt to become more flexible and agile while driving down costs. IDC reports that there are 1.3 billion mobile workers today; that number is expected to grow to 1.6 billion by 2015.

By enabling employees and contractors to have the same, seamless computing experience from any location and any computer, organizations can expect increased productivity. The U.S. and Canadian governments, among others, have become major proponents of the telework concept as a way to reduce costs, support “green” initiatives, and keep government open when access to the office is not an option.

The secure mobile workspace, or PC-on-a-stick portable desktop, holds the promise of allowing an IT organization to embrace worker mobility, workplace agility and “bring your own device” (BYOD) – while safeguarding data and network access with more granularity and security than with a corporate-provided computer.

This slideshow features five considerations, identified by Lawrence Reusing, general manager at Imation Mobile Security, that enterprises and SMBs need to consider as they develop and implement a mobile workspace strategy.


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