We all know today’s employee is mobile, but when it comes to “fast-tracking the mobile enterprise,” where do you start? During this week’s Cisco livestream, a panel of Cisco executives and speakers from Apple discussed this topic, along with new Cisco mobility and collaboration solutions for iOS 10. So what’s next? If you missed the livestream, we’ve got your recap here, along with some practical advice on how you can harness the power of Cisco’s enterprise mobility tools at your organization.
An agile end user experience
Cisco opened with the topic of the modern workforce and how mobility and employee enablement are the keys to success in the enterprise. But mobility isn’t just about a mobile-friendly website, it’s delivering a mobile-first experience with applications and the ability to enable employees to be faster and more agile.
Businesses that are winning with mobility are freeing employees from their desks through modern collaboration technology, like Cisco Spark. And with iOS 10, Cisco and Apple truly reimagined the collaboration experience. Cisco Spark calls on an iPhone or iPad can now blend seamlessly into native cellular contacts and calls. Given that 1 out of every 4 business calls are made from a mobile device in the enterprise, integrating Spark into the native Apple experience frees the worker from their desk — while extending the great Apple experience end users have come to expect. But successful deployment of technology like Spark requires a little thing called “adoption.”
With mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions like Jamf Pro, organizations can take mobility one step further and drive adoption with the ability to define the default for their end users. When devices are managed by a solution like Jamf Pro, organizations can set calling apps such as Spark or Skype as the default for a device or groups of devices. This default can apply to Exchange Active Sync, Google Account, LDAP and Contacts to standardize the use of cost-saving VoiP apps across an organization. Want to see this in action? Check out our Jamf Pro and iOS 10 demo video here.
Creating mobility-ready networks
Modern collaboration tools can transform a business, but to ensure these iOS 10 integrated Cisco Spark hosted calls are made successfully, they need bandwidth. For this reason, Cisco encouraged organizations to think about their foundation: the network. With so many business critical apps moving onto iOS, the prioritization of these apps on a corporate network is key (especially when they’re competing with non-critical bandwidth sucking apps. We’re looking at you Pokemon Go). Enter Cisco fast lane.
With fast lane, businesses can whitelist which applications they want to prioritize on their network. But after a network is configured to enable Cisco fast lane, organizations need to configure it on the device-level, which requires an EMM solution like Jamf Pro. With Jamf Pro, organizations can define which apps get priority on each device or groups of devices, ensuring that when the network is congested, non-critical apps don’t impact the performance of the apps that matter.
The results of these new mobility tools from Cisco and Apple are compelling for end users (20% increase in audio quality of voice calls) and for IT, it’s a no brainer (50% reduction in management overhead).
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