When used correctly, public and private apps can take a business to new levels. When used incorrectly, they not only compromise employee productivity and customer engagement but they open the business to major threats.
Increasingly, mobile apps are a source of corporate security vulnerabilities. Poor data storage practices, malware, unauthorized access, lack of encryption and data leaks caused by synching can pose great security risks. For companies that lack a comprehensive mobile strategy that incorporates mobile application management, employees misusing devices and not practicing good mobile behavior compounds the risk already inherent in poorly designed apps.
Businesses need to be much more mindful about securely enabling productivity. It’s no longer okay to just secure employee email, calendars, contacts and a few choice apps and then block access to anything else. Today’s users want the apps they want—and often need—to get their jobs done. To empower employees, enterprises need the ability to securely distribute and manage mobile apps—on both BYOD and COPE devices—that are critical to employee productivity and to businesses running smoothly.
Those companies who will fall in the category of “using apps right” are the ones with a sound strategy that harnesses the power of mobility while securing access to business resources.
Enter IT. In the appification of business, IT is perfectly positioned to be the enterprise hero, the great enabler of mobile app success, the champion of mobility. You can drive employee productivity and collaboration, customer engagement, and revenue by leading the development and deployment of an app strategy that satisfies everyone’s needs, from enterprise to end-user—all while keeping your business safe from malware, data leaks, and other potentially serious threats. But, first, you need the right information and tools to ensure that you’re developing, deploying and managing your enterprise’s apps according to best practices.
As a trusted IBM Bluemix partner, Flagship can help. Contact us at (561) 208-FYI1 (3941).
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About Linda – Q&A
What Organization do you serve?
The Spirit of Giving Network, based in Boca Raton, unites more than 60 nonprofits in Palm Beach County with a focus on children and families. Some of their projects include holiday and back-to-school drives, community volunteer training and a nonprofit wish list.
How long have you been volunteering there?
Why do you volunteer?
Growing up, my parents instilled in me that it is important to give back to the community you live in, and I have always followed this mantra in my life.
Why did you choose this organization?
Spirit of Giving is unlike other organizations as it is an umbrella of 60-plus local charities. We try not to duplicate efforts, and therefore we do things on a larger scale and greater impact than most organizations.
Describe your volunteer role.
I currently sit on the board of directors as the secretary. I am also a past president on the board. I help write all of our grants, [and] I am coordinating the Back to School Bash with an amazing committee of volunteers. I help work on the PR, I work to find new board members, I help to spread the word about SOG and our mission and vision, and I am working to streamline our policies and procedures and put them into place.
What are your goals when you volunteer?
To make sure I change someone’s life.
What challenges have you faced?
Duplication of efforts. To me, this is the biggest issue and one that Spirit of Giving works to change. I think there are a lot of organizations working to provide the same goals. When we all work together, we can make bigger changes in our community.
What does your organization need?
We are currently fundraising for our Back to School Bash. We embrace the entire community and provide school supplies for over 4,000 children. But we do not just hand them to the kids; we have them come in and “shop” for their supplies. This gives them ownership in what they receive. The day is really cool and you, as a volunteer, get a hands-on experience. The kids have the ability to choose their backpack, their supplies, a new pair of shoes provided and uniform shirts. It is just an incredibly moving day.
Are any special events coming up?
Boca Bowl 2015. Last year we partnered with ESPN and were able to provide over 8,000 tickets to underprivileged youth in our community to attend this college football event. It was amazing. The game this year will be on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at FAU Stadium, and it is shown live on ESPN.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I believe our community would be a better place if everyone gave back to their community. Remember, it can be time, talent or treasure, but do something. We all live here together, and together we can make it a better place to be.
For more information, visit Spiritofgivingnetwork.com or call 561-385-0144.
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