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oday, end users are more demanding and

expect workloads and data to be available

24/7, from any device and at any location.

It’s normal to check corporate e-mail in the

evening on a tablet or fine-tune a corporate pres-

entation on a Sunday evening ahead of a session

on a Monday morning.

However, this need for quick and easy-access

data is challenging IT departments from a secu-

rity and organisational point of view. The data

accessed from endpoints outside of the corpo-

rate walls is potentially at risk.

An IT department’s role is to support business

as much as possible and provide a technology

basis to help enable efficient company opera-

tions. Many IT departments simply deploy a few

security, portal and access solutions, and hope

they will cover the needs of the end users. But

this can mean the bigger picture is missed.

IT teams should work on new end-to-end strat-

egies in order to provide users with secure mo-

bility and allow them to work the way they want

to. The best advice I can give to IT leaders facing

mobility challenges is to start with a global plan

of all the layers that you want to implement and

go through each of them in detail.

The latest IT technologies require the latest

client operating system, as well as many back-

end systems. Microsoft has invested a lot in the

mobile enterprise with their latest Windows 10

operating system. With Windows 10, end users

are able to work from anywhere, at anytime, and

IT is able to sleep much better at night knowing

that their data is safe. With more and better ways

to manage endpoints, new services on Azure,

two-factor authentication and a massive amount

of added security measures, Windows 10 should

be very appealing to IT departments worldwide.

Many businesses are still having separate de-

partments for endpoints and servers. These two

business units need to work in collaboration. Break

down the silos! Whenever the server division im-

plements a new solution for end users, the endpoint

division needs to implement it as well. Cooperating

between departments will allow for the better over-

all efficiency and manageability of new workloads.

End users can be very inventive when looking

to overthrow possible shortcomings with data

access and be able to work more easily according

to their demands. If they aren’t allowed to work

on a document on a personal device, they will

load it on a cloud-based synchronisation solu-

tion like OneDrive, copy to a USB device or sim-

ply e-mail it to their personal account. But this

is where there is a big danger of corporate data

getting lost, stolen or damaged.

Instead of trying to block resourceful end us-

ers, IT departments can take control and im-

plement collaboration platform services, which

Considering the

endpoint strategy

Working from laptops, smartphones and tablets is now as common as

using desktops, but puts corporate data security at risk. IT needs a new

strategy to keep workloads safe and users happy

M I K E R E S S E L E R :


“IT teams should work on a new

end-to-end strategy to deliver users

secure mobility and allow them to

work the way they want to”