Enterprise mobility must make network boundaries invisible to the user
Enterprise mobility should extend seamlessly beyond the boundaries of your company’s buildings. Users should be able to roam across town, on the road, or around the world — anywhere within the reach of a LAN, MAN or WAN. And users should be able to connect in many ways when they are away from their offices — such as via wireless LANs (WLANs), from an Ethernet jack in a hotel room over DSL or cable modem connections from home, or someday with WiMax.
Enterprise mobility should be more than just having some way to connect when you’re away
Today, people carry a host of portable communication devices — laptops, pagers, PDAs, multi-mode cell phones, two-way radio phones, etc. That’s fine and well if you don’t mind juggling a smorgasbord of electronics. Just watch business travelers unloading their pockets and briefcases at airport security, and it’s easy to see that we’ve traded some inconvenience for convenience.
Enterprise mobility should be about more than discrete mobile services. It should be more than carrying a device for e-mail and Web access, another for voice calls and another for urgent alerts. Mobility should capitalize on unified applications and multi-purpose access — enabling users to not just connect, but fully engage, from afar. A consistent, quality user experience requires converged business applications that users can easily access in many ways — both wired and wireless.
Enterprise mobility must be secure everywhere
It does seem like a paradox; the very openness that makes mobility applications useful would seem to make them equally vulnerable. You need free and easy flow across unsecured environments — yet stringent protections against unauthorized or malicious access. Enterprise mobility can resolve these challenges with a full array of security solutions that are easy to deploy and inter-operate seamlessly with existing network components such as routers, firewalls and existing authentication mechanisms.
Collectively, these three elements point to a new model of communicating and collaborating across the dynamic, multi-location enterprise: a consistent, reliable, secure communications experience — anytime, anywhere and on whatever device you are using.
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