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August 2013, Volume 1, Number 4

Mobile lifecycle management takes charge of BYOA

Mobile lifecycle management Just five years ago, BlackBerry ruled the enterprise. It was easy back then -- the vendor took care of security, leaving the IT department to worry only about the care and cost of the device. Fast-forward to the present, and it's an entirely different story. The "bring your own device," or BYOD, phenomenon has introduced dozens of personally owned mobile devices into the workplace -- and Apple's iPhone has unseated the BlackBerry as the smartphone of choice, but without the built-in security service. Meanwhile, the Android operating system is gaining fans, and users might even consider Windows-based phones. Of course, the BlackBerry could make a comeback, too. In the uncharted expanse of the new mobile universe, you can't take anything for granted. Best practices for mobile rollout Formulate a mobile strategy for the business, including a roadmap for supporting personal smartphones and iPads, and the distribution of corporate apps. Create a "mobile center of excellence," where all department managers ...

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