In a world where being constantly connected has become the norm, it is no secret that businesses are increasingly shifting towards the deployment of corporate mobility initiatives in an effort to keep up with the growing trend of personal device usage for work-related activities.

A 2013 Gartner report outlines that about half of the world’s companies will make Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) a requirement by 2017 and using a company-given device will become the exception. [1] By putting the onus on the employee to provide their own device for work, companies can see significant long-term savings as well as potential increase in employee productivity. [2]

So how can small businesses not only adapt this rapidly growing trend, but also maintain it in the most efficient and cost-effective way? The answer is in Meraki.

Cisco Meraki is a robust tool that provides simplified management and visibility of mobile devices, PC’s and MAC’s. Network administrators can easily monitor, control, and provide support to multiple devices and applications – all from one central hub.

Consider the following scenarios to determine whether a Meraki wireless solution would benefit your organization. 

Would your business would benefit from:

  • The ability to monitor what applications your employees are using and how much they are using them? This can be especially critical in the protection of the company’s reputation. (i.e.: pick up on any questionable activity that compromises company policies/confidentiality agreements, etc)
  • The ability to limit and control non-business related application usage to save money on Internet usage and improve productivity?
  • The ability to have application visibility and control of all your remote sites from a single dashboard?
  • The ability to eliminate expensive costs associated with the use traditional architecture?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of all of these scenarios, then Meraki is a tool that should be considered for your organization.

When it comes to mobile device management and support, businesses will address two critical concerns– security and cost.

Meraki adds value in both areas:

Wireless Security: As firms increasingly adapt mobile device usage and BYOD policies, security becomes a top-of-the-list priority. Particular concerns are network security, corporate security and mobile device security.[3]

Security has a tendency to be a higher degree of concern for organizations as more and more devices are added to the BYOD network, thus expanding the breadth of operating systems being used for business functions. As of September 2013, 78% of businesses have addressed mobile security has a critical priority.[4]

Meraki allows network administrators to perform diagnostics, provide remote support, and view useful data such as connectivity strength, usage and user location. (The latter could be key in determining if an employee is truly at the customer meeting they said they are at!)

Meraki further improves the security of BYOD initiatives by enforcing data encryption technology, remotely locking and wiping lost or stolen devices, and even restricting network access to managed devices.

These are just a few of the great security benefits of adopting Meraki.

Cost: Another great advantage to adopting Meraki is that it will enable small businesses to keep costs down and regulate the usage of devices as well as restrict access to only applications pertinent to business needs. (You won’t be able to download Candy Crush during business hours, sorry).

In the last couple of years, Meraki has also revolutionized its product line to make them more environmentally friendly thus enabling further cost savings in power supply, security, and manageability.

The built-in support for BYOD that Meraki brings, also eliminates the need for extra support licenses and hardware – another cost-saving benefit.

In summary, without a tool like Meraki, small businesses would struggle to keep up with an efficient BYOD strategy. Budgets would inflate to accommodate the usage of traditional, cumbersome infrastructure to manually manage each device on the network.

Furthermore, without a unified management system in place, device usage control would be very challenging with the added concern of non-business related activity inflating the network, thus having a negative impact on employee productivity, as well as increasing the threat of security and privacy breaches. Instead of BYOD adding real value to an organization, it would serve as more of a detriment.

Let Meraki help give your business the peace of mind to embrace BYOD in the most cost-effective and efficient way.

To learn more in-depth information about Meraki and BYOD trends, please visit these resources.

 

END NOTES

  1. Gartner Predicts by 2017, Half of Employers will Require Employees to Supply Their Own Device for Work Purposes http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2466615 May 2013
  1. Latest IT Trends for Secure Mobile Collaboration, Forrester Research Inc., September 2013.
  1. Calculating the True Cost of BYOD http://www.forbes.com/sites/eliseackerman/2013/05/28/calculating-the-true-cost-of-byod/ May 2013
  1. Cisco Meraki https://meraki.cisco.com/

[1] Gartner Predicts by 2017, Half of Employers will Require Employees to Supply Their Own Device for Work Purposes http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2466615 May 2013

[2] Calculating the True Cost of BYOD http://www.forbes.com/sites/eliseackerman/2013/05/28/calculating-the-true-cost-of-byod/ May 2013

[3] Latest IT Trends for Secure Mobile Collaboration, Forrester Research Inc., September 2013.

[4] Latest IT Trends for Secure Mobile Collaboration, Forrester Research Inc., September 2013.