Over a decade ago, mobile devices were used primarily to send and receive voice calls. Today, with the growing adoption of smart phones, users are taking advantage of the mobility applications available to them to work more effectively. A growing number of users, in fact, are asking for more options from their companies, particularly with their own devices.
The term “BYOD,” or “bring your own device,” is being written into many corporate policies and exemplifies the consumerization of IT. This term refers to the ability to support enterprise users on their own, personal, “smart” devices. According to Gartner’s Top Predictions for 2011, “By 2014, 90 percent of organizations will support corporate applications on personal devices.” Having the correct solutions in place, with the proper security, makes these solutions easier to deploy and adopt.
One-number access is a powerful tool for many users. Providing your contacts with a single telephone number allows you to control when and how they reach you. A simple solution like Avaya’s Extension-to-Cellular feature provides simultaneous ringing of both your desk phone and mobile phone. This allows you to provide a single telephone number to your contacts, your desk phone, and gives you the option to answer the call on either device.
With the power of SIP, mobile functionality can be further extended to devices like the iPad. Many tablet users are asking for more work related features for their devices, and SIP can provide them with telephony features on those devices. Combined with the deployment of a Session Border Controller, “bring your own device” support can be both secure and functional.