Guest Post by Annekathrin Hase

Apps in the work environment can often be sources of worry for IT admins. Read on to get a low-down on how to introduce apps in the workplace, securely.

Apps at work

The rise of enterprise mobility and with it, apps, means business leaders need to adapt working practices to keep pace with technology.

Per research conducted by IDC, nearly 60 percent of British employees use apps in the workplace on either a mobile or tablet device  every day and it is predicted that, by 2015, the number of workers using these devices will surpass 1.3 billion. While a recent study found one in five people are now thought to be using dedicated department-specific business apps, most people still rely on consumer apps to share sensitive data.

The security concerns this presents are clear, so it is important to collate all business processes and conversations onto one secure channel that can be accessed easily from multiple devices.

Facilitating security

If employers want to deter their employees from using consumer channels to share confidential information, then they need to offer a competent business alternative that facilitates people’s need to work seamlessly and unhindered as they visit clients, partners, work from home or hot-desk.

Unsurprisingly, the key concerns when it comes to apps, are security, compliance and integration. With this in mind, it is vital that employers are ‘in-the-know’ when it comes to the most up-to-date apps out there so they can guide their workforce towards platforms that offer a safer way of exchanging data.

Let’s use chat apps as an example. These apps are used by virtually every person today. The rise of consumer chat apps has ultimately led to the development of ‘Enterprise Chat’ with MindLink and Citrix at the forefront of this development.

MindLink and Citrix, together

MindLink for Citrix XenMobile combines Enterprise Chat for Microsoft Lync™ with Citrix’s secure Mobile Device Management platform, offering a secure mobile platform for teams to collaborate and exchange vital business information—data & files—in real-time and across the firm. As a Worx Verified partner, MindLink completed a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix XenMobile, providing users the flexibility to use their favourite mobile chat apps while allowing IT to maintain control over policies.

Better productivity

Better team collaboration (regardless of the location of the team members), smoother flow of information as well as easier access to knowledge and subject matter experts are just some of the tangible results. Using Enterprise Chat can help you reduce Email by up to 75% and significantly improve team efficiency and productivity, ultimately making your business more agile.

As the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend takes hold, apps now also need to be available to any mobile device on any platform as well as on desktop, making them easier to use while at work. Using MindLink Enterprise Chat (developed for Lync & Skype for Business) combined with Citrix XenMobile, allows businesses to offer their staff state-of-the-art collaboration apps whilst ensuring that their data is secure and compliant.

For more information on this app, visit the Citrix Ready Marketplace profile for MindLink
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Annekathrin Hase is the Director of Strategy & Marketing, MindLink Software