Mobility is all around us. Walk into a coffee shop, an airport, even onto a school soccer field during a big game, people are on their phones and tablets.  Yet, this isn’t enough. According to a recent Forrester Research study, 70% of IT decision makers have stated that they are either implementing or expanding their implementation of smartphones for employees – 57% stated they are doing the same with tablets (footnote 1). Furthermore, if you look at mobile requirements from the user side, employees want choice in their mobile device, as shown by the 72% of information workers in a recent Forrester study that said they care about choosing their own tablet (footnote 2).

The productivity benefits for BYOD and corporate mobility programs are obvious and enterprises are driving hard ROI with their mobility initiatives. Some examples of businesses across industries and sizes that are going mobile include a national restaurant chain is using iPads across their restaurants to optimize guest seating; government agencies are using secure distribution of docs to mobile devices to help law makers review bills; and large healthcare and financial institutions are empowering their employees with anytime, anywhere access to apps and data. However, as more IT organizations expect to increase their support of mobile workers combined with the reality that workers expect the ability to choose their own device and still have access to all of their corporate apps and data, chaos is inevitable.

Citrix XenMobile MDM, a market-leading mobile device management solution addresses this device chaos and allows organizations to finally gain control over their mobile devices. This solution delivers fine-grained control to IT while allowing end-users the device choice and app freedom they expect. XenMobile MDM includes role-based management, compliance and security for both corporate and employee-owned devices – very important for those organizations that are rolling out mobility initiatives, which includes allowing users to leverage their personal devices. With enterprise mobility evolving at a rapid pace, the number one request from our customers is understanding the best practices for managing these devices.  Specifically, they ask questions about the types of policies that should be in place for corporate vs. employee owned devices, when should they do a full vs. selective wipe of a device, what password strength should they require for device used in their industry…the list goes on. Really, what they need are specialists that can help them make the right decisions.

From our point of view, this is why the new HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Mobility is so powerful for organizations. This new service delivered from HP’s cloud infrastructure includes Citrix XenMobile MDM and ShareFile  solutions, and provides a fully managed mobility solution that enables secure anytime, anywhere access to applications and data from any mobile device. And, since HP is managing your devices for you, it takes the guesswork out of implementing a secure and compliant mobile device strategy as HP’s world-class services team has the expertise to ensure the right mobile device policies are in place and enforced.

And further, working with Citrix gives HP access to the most comprehensive mobility solutions on the market. With solutions for mobile device and application management, federated identity and SSO, enterprise file sync and share, network access control, collaboration, desktop and application virtualization and more, HP is confident that their customers needs will be met with a partner that has been delivering anywhere, anytime access for more than 20 years.

1.  Source: Forrsights Budgets And Priorities Tracker Survey, Q4 2012 and Forrsights Business Decision-Makers Survey, Q4 2012, Forrester Research, Inc., 2012

2. Source: Forrsights Workforce Employee Survey, Q4 2012, Forrester Research, Inc., 2012