Virtually every employee today has a smartphone and or tablet. Most businesses are underutilizing these devices because they belong to the employees. They are BYOD, “bring your own device,” as they say. Ignoring these devices is a mistake. Your hyper-connected employees are glued to their mobile devices. Savvy business owners and executives have realized the secret to higher employee productivity is embracing mobility and the BYOD trend. The key is to empower the mobile experience of your staff, without compromising the security and control of your corporate data. Business-class file sync services can give you the best of both worlds: you can allow your corporate data to be synced to employee mobile devices, without giving up control of your corporate data. Here’s how:
Sync to smartphones
Business-class cloud file sync services allow employees to sync their critical work files between their desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and the cloud. Your staff becomes more nimble and productive when they have their files at their fingertips, no matter where they go. Whether it is iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, business-class sync keeps users connected on the go.
Empower them with tablets
More and more, everyday computing tasks once performed on laptops are now being done on tablets. Tablets are great for field-based staff, sales professionals, and other staff members who are out and about. Whether your staff is visiting a client or working at tradeshows, tablets are fantastic for demos, show and tell, and visual content to share with prospects and clients. Growth-oriented companies should encourage tablet use and help users leverage all of their files and corporate data, securely from their tablets.
Sync your file server
Mobile devices are the lifeline for remote employees. But it is easy to feel cut off from HQ if all the content, files, and data you need is stuck back on the corporate file server. Business-grade sync services allow you to cloud connect your file server and in turn sync the content to mobile users and other remote devices. On-the-go professionals are in sync with HQ and better able to serve clients and prospects in the field.
Don’t lose control
There are risks associated with leveraging employee mobile devices. Data privacy and security has always been a balancing act. With BYOD, it is no different. But with business-grade sync services, you can connect employees with your corporate data without losing control of that information. Business-class services allow you to implement fine-grained controls on employee sync and share behavior. For instance, you could allow employees to sync to their iPhone and iPad, but not a remote Windows or Mac device. You may also evolve your security policy over time, either loosening or strengthening your policies depending on the circumstances. The choice is yours.
Be ready when disaster strikes
You need to be ready for when disasters strike no matter which security policies you implement. Everyday disasters are all too common, such as lost or stolen smartphone. With business-grade file sync, you can remotely wipe corporate data off of a lost device. In more serious situations, such as an employee termination, you are also ready. Remote wipe actions can be taken on a whole user account and across devices that were previously synced, eliminating corporate data from smartphones, tablets, and remote computers.
Balancing security and convenience is necessary in today’s workplace. Secure and easily accessible business data is critical with more and more employees working anywhere, anytime. Implementing the correct solution can be costly. Fortunately, CollaborationManage360 is a file sync solution from CRA that helps businesses’ ride the mobility wave, while safeguarding corporate data. Learn more by checking out our page.