With more organizations in the region seeking to leverage the use of personal mobile devices in the business environment, Huawei—a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider—has unveiled AnyOffice BYOD, a signature Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) solution for the Middle East region that empowers companies to improve office collaboration and increase efficiency by enabling employees to securely access corporate assets on their personal mobile devices.
By leveraging its expertise and full series of products in the security, networking, and collaboration fields, Huawei’s AnyOffice solution offers governments and enterprise customers a single platform through which to access a wide range of applications and handle important business tasks anytime, anywhere, and from any smart device. This “office of the future” was previewed at a session hosted by Huawei alongside representatives from IDC, Hassan Sandila, Senior Analyst, select customers and partners during GITEX Technology Week 2013 held in Dubai this week.
“While the wider movement towards BYOD policies and greater workplace mobility present clear benefits to the business world, it is also important to realize the new challenges this presents in terms of service provisioning, security, and ongoing management of devices,” adds Dong Wu, President, Huawei Enterprise, Middle East. “Enterprises are finding themselves at the cross-roads of merging business and technology needs while bringing network security, efficiency and a great user-experience to the BYOD challenge. Huawei’s AnyOffice supports the office of the future by providing a simple platform that can help companies cope with the complexities of mobilization.”
The benefits of Huawei’s AnyOffice solution provide higher levels of security & ultimately greater levels of workforce productivity. AnyOffice has also improved performance across the entire network with a coverage area and multi-user throughput of 20% above industry standards. Thanks to more refined network planning, AnyOffice BYOD also allows enterprises to leverage their improved WLAN infrastructure, creating value for their business while improving their return on investment.
Paul Black, Director of Telecoms, IDC Middle East and Africa said: “With smartphones outstripping sales of PCs, Mobility is now a leading technology consideration for Middle Eastern Enterprises and BYOD is at the forefront of this movement.
Like it or not, BYOD is happening informally in 28% of Middle Eastern Enterprises, so to protect themselves the need to develop a Mobility policy is sooner rather than later.”
Another pillar of AnyOffice is an increased emphasis on mobile collaboration and the user experience. The convergence of Unified Communications and telepresence enables the collaboration among voice, data, and high-definition video including workspace sharing and social media collaboration.
The solution fully covers terminals, network, mobility management, collaborative applications, a unified security management policy, as well as a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) to enable IT managers to develop their own software in collaboration with partners.
“With AnyOffice, people's life and work will be connected through a diversity of smart devices with work that is no longer confined to traditional PCs in offices, as we have moved to a culture where we can work while-on-the move.” adds Dong Wu.
With 56% organizations expecting mobile workforce to increase in 2013-2014, market intelligence firm IDC predicts that by 2017 the mobile market will change significantly, with 30% of all mobiles shipped being smartphones. Even tablets are poised to move mainstream, with 20% tablets predicted to being shipped exclusively to businesses.