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Security, data usage policies must-haves for mobile app management
This article is part of the Business Information issue of February 2013
MiTek Industries Inc. caught the enterprise mobility bug almost by accident. The Chesterfield, Mo., company's interest in mobile business apps unexpectedly grew out of a need to provide a secure file transfer system for sharing proprietary information about its construction design software and structural connectors with customers, said Justin Daniels, an IT manager at MiTek. After the IT department settled on file-sharing software from Accellion Inc. that includes a central data repository, MiTek's CEO soon recognized the repository's value for his sales department: He wanted to make sure sales reps could access it to view the latest versions of product slides on their iPads and smartphones while on the road. Meanwhile, there already were a lot of mobile devices in use at the company -- more than 20 different ones among the global sales force, according to Daniels. Like other organizations, MiTek had become a bring-your-own-device zone for employees looking to use their smartphones and tablet PCs in the workplace. "We've seen a ...
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