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In the post PC era, anyone who works in an office expects the freedom to work and collaborate with their own mobile devices. Work is no longer a place but any activity, so workers expect anytime, anywhere access to their workplace using the device and the applications they know and trust. Wherever people go, they expect their workplace to go with them.

This is good for business—it increases productivity and job satisfaction. It also accelerates communication and collaboration among employees, customers and partners. And let’s face it, stopping these groups from using their own devices is unrealistic, especially with the rapid adoption of smartphone and tablets.

Businesses are going to be forced to adapt their network, security and policies for the BYOD influx. They will also have to prepare for mobile application management, mobile content management and mobile collaboration. More than designing a guest-access VLAN—it’s also defining procedures, assuring network access and performance, and securing the enterprise.

As your business takes on the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) influx, here are several guidelines to help make sure you cover all the bases:

  • Conduct a wireless site survey to ensure the coverage you need is there and available.
  • Enhance network access with hardware and policies that allow you to manage different devices and circumstances.
  • Assess your BYOD readiness—this also helps you develop a BYOD strategy.
  • Design your BYOD solution based on industry best-practices and validated architectures.
  • Acquire the necessary tools for enhanced performance, interference protection and wireless management.
  • Apply network access controls and security to consistently enforce context-based policies across wireless and wired networks, including disallowing certain applications and functions.
  • Gain the ability to secure and manage mobile apps, documents and devices even when devices function outside the network.

To find out more about what it takes to deploy an enterprise mobility solution that helps your company solve the BYOD influx challenge, visit