April 24, 2017

The impact of mobility on the IT department

Just think about all of the mobility options we have today. In the on-demand Arrow Leadership Call, “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” you will learn the impact of mobility on the IT department. Speaker Davitt Potter, Arrow director of global engineering and technical services, points out that employees no longer are limited with just the option of using VPN from a company-owned laptop to gain access to the company network. This can create challenges for even the most adept organizations.

Many users today don’t even use a company-owned computer. It is often replaced by personal smart phones, tablets, home computers, lobby kiosks and guest computers. Potter challenges listeners to know if they have the right platforms for surveillance, interdiction and aggressive response. “You have to know what is normal and not normal to have a baseline understanding of your users and applications,” says Potter.

Potter also goes on to explain three important concepts:

  1. If you can’t see it, you can’t control it.
  2. If you can’t control it, you can’t hope to contain it.
  3. If you can’t contain it, you can’t defend against it.

In the webcast, you will find out how mobility isn’t just about allowing access from anywhere to anything at any time. Potter says, “You must allow the right people, to the right data, from the right place, at the right time.” Potter provides many examples of the importance and the future of mobility, emphasizing the complexity and impact of the Internet of Things.

Three mobility tips are provided in the webcast:

  1. Don’t assume you can do it alone.
  2. Form alliances. Networking needs security. Software needs infrastructure. People need guidance.
  3. Go beyond “marketecture” and work with your engineering teams to build something that works.

If you are interested in learning more about mobility, listen to the recorded webcast “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” at your convenience. Or you can call your Arrow representative.