The 11th Annual Enterprise Mobility & Cloud Conference
08:45 - 14:00 | 25th November 2021 | Searcys at the Gherkin
Described as “one of the standout customer events” – Mobliciti’s award-winning VIEW returns for 2021, to a venue which provides panoramic views across the City, The Gherkin.
With COVID accelerating change in IT at a blistering pace, Mobile & Cloud are now even more critical to the success of your business. Get it right and your business will thrive, and your users will thank you. Get it wrong and you risk spiralling costs, security risks and a frustrated workforce.
Attendees joined Mobile & Cloud experts, industry peers and key technology partners to discover and discuss the key considerations for 2021/22 and beyond.
Key Topics Discussed
Brown's Bigger Byte
Andy Brown, Chief Technology Officer, Mobliciti
Andy provided a rapid-fire take on the tech scene.
- iPhone 13 had become established as the flagship power device in the Apple world as large-screen devices continue to be favoured
- The popularity of the Apple environment meant that it was increasingly being targeted by malware authors “as the OS of choice”
- Android in the enterprise remains “vanishingly small”, in part due to the “Achilles heel” of weak patching
- Apple laptops were still not commonplace in the enterprise and that businesses were more interested in Microsoft 365 and licensing.
- Windows 11 is here and will replace its somewhat bloated predecessor, which saw features such as Launcher and Live Tiles fail to take off.
The Future of Workspace Services and Collaboration in a Hybrid world
Ian Dobson, Head of Workspace Services EMEA, Nomura
Ian provided a client perspective, outlining the future of workspace services and collaboration in a digital world.
- There had been “five years of change in five weeks” and Nomura had to react whilst ensuring it didn’t void aspects of a fast-moving regulatory landscape.
- Nomura has undergone a global technology refresh but 95 per cent of staff had never worked previously from home so that change was immense
- Nomura had to rethink digital workspaces, introducing more scope for collaboration, hotdesking and new modes of support such as the Apple Store-influenced Tech Bars
Managing Risk in the Workplace Today
Suzan Sakarya, Senior Sales Director, EMEIA, Wandera, a Jamf company
Suzan noted the rise of Apple in businesses where the company now has a significant minority share in enterprises.
- The success of products such as M1 Macs meant that infections and attacks must be combatted as part of an ongoing “cat and mouse game” between attacker and the attacked
- Patrolling the enterprise perimeter is no longer enough so Wandera combines device security and network security with access controls to protect against phishing, to track risks and to secure core data.
Data Sovereignty and the Cloud Key Management Challenge
Pete Smith, Senior Sales Engineer, Thales
Pete zeroed in on security threats, showing the ways in which, his company helps maintain data sovereignty and automates cloud key management.
- Businesses need to manage cloud data security together with cloud infrastructure security
- They also must automate security in a complex environment covering multiple clouds so keys must be able to be swiftly created, uploaded, deleted, backed up, rotated, updated and viewed.
Evolving Your Digital Strategy to Enable Resilient “Work From Anywhere”
Achi Lewis, Regional Director EMEA & India, NetMotion Software by Absolute
Achi outlined ways to evolve digital strategies that will enable resilient ‘Work From Anywhere’ systems.
- The need to equip workers to be productive regardless of location and device would lead to yet more complexity in an IT security and risk management category
- It’s time to use zero-trust network access, an advanced enterprise VPN solution and monitor user experiences to proactively address issues.
Unlocking A New Level of Productivity with Unlimited Data
Matt Atkinson, Managed Mobile Network & Device Specialist, Mobliciti
Matt delivered a need for change in managing a potential explosion in mobile tariffs.
- Consumption tends to rise with faster networks and the infant 5G is already seeing users consume up to 2.7 times more data than on older networks
- Video is a game-changer, being primarily responsible for soaring rates across networks generally and due to account for over three-quarters of traffic by 2025
- Against that backdrop “traditional procurement and data management tools will struggle to keep pace”
- Consider unlimited data packages that can accommodate future uncertain (and potentially surging) usage in future
The Everywhere Workplace
Peter Durrant, Area Sales Director, UK &I, Ivanti
Peter commented on “The Everywhere Workplace,” where employees seek to be productive from wherever they are but also manage their private lives on the same devices and networks.
- Digital transformation has accelerated by seven years during the pandemic and it’s no longer enough to use the old security tools to protect against attacks
- Better ways to connect disparate consumer apps to corporate systems is needed because “you can’t secure what you can’t see”.
- Visibility and responsiveness are therefore critical and there is a need to discover, manage, secure and service endpoints.
My Partner in Crime
Will Jenkins, Chief Information Officer, Eversheds Sutherland International
Will described the power of partnering in his role, detailing his working relationship with his “partner in crime”, Rachel Broquard.
- Together, the pair have combined to manage change by sharing knowledge of technology but also understanding human nuances
- By working in tandem, you get benefits of deeper engagement, faster change, anticipating hitches and camaraderie
- “Technology can’t replace lawyers but lawyers who understand technology will replace those that don’t.”
The Experience First Network
Keith Cahoon, Director Business Development, Mist Systems, a Juniper Company
Keith described a brave new world of networking where the company has “built a network for user experiences.”
- Network managers can identify who is unhappy with their network experience and why
- A new architecture based on AI and microservices and the public cloud where anomalies are spotted early and can even be addressed without admin involvement
- The outcome: much faster time to resolution, quicker rollouts and fewer trouble tickets.
Your Data Has Left the Building - Endgame
Andy Brown, Chief Technology Officer, Mobliciti
Andy reflected on how technologies such as web and email proxies, multifactor authentication, mobile device management and VPNs have helped us “bridge form the ‘dirty’ internet world to a safer, secure environment.”