Mobility as a Service Addresses Connectivity Issues for Remote Workers

With mobility as a service, you CAN herd cats. IT managers are becoming more and more aware of the level of management and control they will have over remote workers' handhelds and laptops by adding a mobility as a service platform to their networks. Looking at this from the users' perspective, it's not difficult to see that they appreciate a mobility as a service platform's ability to keep them connected to their network applications and data when they are away from the office.

The ideal mobility as a service platform will provide users with network access, and IT managers with network control, from anywhere in the world on a 24 hours a day, seven days a week basis. End user support and security for all laptops, handhelds and remote desktops is also essential.

LAN does not provide the same flexibility to either management or employees, as its platform is based on hardwire network connectivity within the physical confines of the office. The future of IT architectures lies in cloud based technology. At the very least, IT departments will realize substantial savings when they move away from large IT infrastructures. You don't have to pay to use the clouds as your information highway!

A company's bottom line will also improve noticeably following the installation of a mobility as a service platform, because employees will have the freedom to work from anywhere and at any time, not just from within the four walls of their offices. Mobile end points permit people to work from home, an airport waiting area or wherever else they may be. An investment in a mobility as a service platform also gives workers greater flexibility to achieve the work life balance that has become so important to so many. Let's take working from home as an example. Most employees at one time or another has to stay home to nurse a sick child or becomes too sick themselves to come in to work, yet can still work from home. Enter mobility as a service. No work time will be lost just because the employee is not physically present in the office.

Yet another 21st Century reality lends itself to mobility as a service: business interruptions from localized terrorist attacks, pandemics or natural disasters. Business continuity need not be an issue; mobility as a service opens up a global network of Internet hot spots and access points for workers to connect to if they find themselves confined for a period of time.

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