Fostering a Culture Of (Device) Compatibility

Mobility and device freedom are becoming huge value adds for businesses that seek to offer more flexibility to their employees. As the movement gains traction, it’s creating numerous challenges for enterprise IT leaders. Security and maintenance are primary concerns for most BYOD strategies, but there are other aspects that, if left unaddressed, could nullify the intended productivity benefits.

One of the biggest enemies of productivity and a streamlined workflow is content decay. Content decay may occur when opening a document (such as a Microsoft Word or PowerPoint file) on a device running a different operating system than it was created on. For example, in recent tests performed by Prowess Consulting, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets opened on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 using a third-party productivity software platform resulted in lost data, and secure documents were unlocked.

The video below illustrates additional ways in which content decay can derail productivity and expose sensitive information.

Developing a Zero Tolerance Policy For Content Decay

Content decay is a real concern for businesses, and the effects are compounded by the size of your workforce. The good news is that it’s largely avoidable. By developing a zero tolerance content decay policy, you can mitigate lost productivity and increase the security of your locked files. The best way to combat content decay is through device compatibility. By providing your employees devices that are designed to work together natively, you can ensure better business outcomes. In the Prowess study, the two devices that experienced no content decay when opening Microsoft Office documents were the Intel-powered HP ElitePad 1000 G2 and HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2. These two devices offer the power and flexibility companies need in their mobility strategies, and also run Microsoft Windows natively.

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