3 tips on how to turn your modern workplace into a sustainable business advantage

The pandemic has changed the way companies and employees work and will continue doing so as the positive results in terms of productivity have proven that a remote or hybrid working model is most likely to be the future. Can you use a helping hand in rolling out a sustainable digital transformation strategy? With the following tips you can turn your modern workplace into a business advantage in no time!

The COVID-19 pandemic was a catalyst for change, making the ability to work from home an absolute necessity rather than a fringe benefit. Companies of all sizes and in all sectors had to adapt, but what about the long run? What will the future workplace look like? One thing is certain, the positive results in terms of productivity and employee experience have proven that the remote working model is here to stay. Successfully reimagine your digital workplace strategy with the following three tips from our CEO, Ulrik Van Schepdael!

 

1. Remote working is the new reality, embrace it

There is no way around it: the modern workplace, including remote capabilities, should be an integral part of your digital strategy. Why? If you don’t rethink your current workplace strategy, remote capabilities will significantly increase your overall technology spend. Start thinking of the office as just another room in your house where you can get some work done, and start designing a workplace outside of your corporate network, even if it’s the same building.

2. Invest in a durable technology fleet

Adapting to a remote working model requires an increased investment in technology. Even though a one-size-fits-all strategy may seem attractive in terms of management and support, not everyone in your company is performing the same tasks and therefore needs the same device(s). We can help you save time, money, and resources by helping you select the best possible smartphones, tablets and computers taking into consideration the role, work location, connectivity requirements and longevity of your employees!

3. Put employee choice first

A future-proof digital workplace strategy has employee choice in its DNA. With our Workplace Self Service Portal, we offer your employees the possibility of shopping the corporate tools they would like to work with. Based on their function, grade, and team, they will get to choose the device of their choice from a portfolio of products. To make the employee experience complete, the ordered devices will be shipped to their home preconfigured. – The Workplace Self Service Portal, a solution that covers the entire workplace lifecycle and makes the transition towards the modern workplace easy!

Looking for some more tips & tricks on how to successfully shape your future workplace? Download our newest whitepaper, tomorrow’s digital workplace, and discover how to unleash the full potential of the digital workplace!

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Mobco launches the results of a European survey on the future of the digital workplace

Dilbeek, 23rd of June – mobco, a Belgian IT company specialized in (mobile) workplace management, launches, in collaboration with the other EMEA partners, the results of a European market survey that questioned 329 business owners, IT professionals and other stakeholders.

The benefits of flexible, mobile and remote working on employee engagement are well-established but adoption has not always been a top priority for organisations. This changed dramatically during 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was a catalyst for change, making the ability to work from home an absolute necessity rather than a fringe benefit.

It is no surprise, therefore, that our survey shows a step change in remote working capa- bility. The percentage of organisations with a majority of the workforce capable of remote working has risen from 50% before COVID-19 to 88% during the crisis. However, this signif- icant increase in adopting and implementing home working solutions at short notice and on a large scale has created several challenges.

What are the major challenges European organisations have faced? How have they addressed these challenges? What steps do they still need to take? These are just some of the questions we asked as part of our European Mobile & Remote Working Survey 2021, the key insights from which are outlined in this report.

Our survey shows that confidence in data security is high, with almost three-quarters of respondents either very or fairly confident in their ability to secure corporate data on remote or mobile devices. However, a closer look at the data suggests this confidence may be misplaced and that, against a backdrop of growing and evolving cyber security threats, organizations need to review the adequacy of their security measures for remote and hybrid working. 

Only 37% of the respondents have a mobile threat solution in place, suggesting that security teams are applying less stringent controls on mobile devices than laptop or desktop devices. Additionally, one-third of respondents have not delivered any kind of mobile security awareness training to employees.

This report should help organizations, regardless of the industry they operate in and regardless of how strongly the digital workplace is embedded in their strategy to date.

Ulrik Van Schepdael, mobco’s Managing Director: “Our report shows that organizations that have already invested in a digital workplace strategy and therefore have a strong foundation in mobile technology, are best able to meet the needs of a distributed workforce and offer staff members more choices as well as flexibility and ease of use without compromising security and manageability.”

 

“We are encouraged that many organizations have laid the groundwork to support the rollout of a digital workplace strategy. However, this report shows that there is still a lot of untapped potential and that more can and should be done to maximize the benefits that the digital workplace brings to businesses across all sectors and sizes.”

Consult the full survey via the link below!

 

About mobco
mobco, was founded in 2010 and is the market leader in Belgium and Luxembourg for IT integration and services around the mobile and modern workplace. mobco’s mission is to enable the employees of its corporate customers to work more efficiently by offering premium hardware, software and services that support the modern workplace.

European Mobile & Remote Working Survey

mobco is a founding member of the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance (EMEA), a European initiative that brings together B2B companies active in mobile technology. Together with the other members of this alliance, we manage more than 1 million modern workplaces in Europe.

For more information
Ulrik Van Schepdael, CEO
uvs@mob.co
+32 475 51 51 02

About EMEA
The Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance (EMEA) is the largest community of digital workplace experts in Europe. It’s their mission is to help organizations roll out a workplace that relies on the best possible experience for employees, but also observes the manageability, security and efficiency that IT and security teams demand.

Press Release: mobco and the the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance announce its European mobile IT Academy

 

Today, at MobileIron Live in Berlin, the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance (the EMEA) announced the launch of a European mobile IT Academy that organizes courses and classes across Europe. The launch of the EMEA Academy fits into the strategy of the alliance of preparing companies for the future of the modern workplace.

On Wednesday 15 May 2019, the EMEA launched the European mobile IT Academy at MobileIron Live in Berlin. This EMEA Academy is the latest initiative of the alliance of leading mobile IT companies from Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

“Mobco is one of the founding members of the EMEA alliance, and it was founded with the intention to mainly share technical knowledge between our teams across borders,” says mobco CEO Ulrik Van Schepdael. “But we all noticed a lack of available mobile IT courses for our customers and even for our own teams. That’s why we decided to launch the EMEA Academy.”

By organizing courses on a European level, it will be much easier for IT teams to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in mobile IT. It is even possible for companies to request a specific class and book the expert for an in-house session. “Cooperation is really key when you’re active in mobile IT,” says Björn Kemps, Director of Operations at mobco. “By cooperating in the EMEA academy we are able to share our expertise on a much wider scale and our customers gain access to a broad portfolio of mobile expertise. Our clients will truly benefit from the EMEA Academy.”

The EMEA Academy consists of courses and classes about different mobile IT topics ranging from MobileIron Administrator courses to Microsoft EMS master classes and Mobile Security courses.

You can find the entire EMEA Academy calendar HERE.

 

About mobco:

mobco, founded in 2010, is a leading integrator of mobile technology and service provider with offices in Dilbeek, Belgium and Capellen, Luxemburg. The mission of mobco is to mobilize the business of its customers by offering hardware, software and services for the modern workplace.

mobco is founding member of the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance (EMEA.mobi), a European alliance of companies active in mobile technology. The EMEA manages a total of over 1 million modern workplaces.

Contact Details:

mobco

Ulrik Van Schepdael

uvs@mob.co

+32 475 51 51 02

mobco wins Lookout award!

On the 2018 partner conference held by Lookout, mobco won the partner award for its achievements in securing mobile devices!

Lookout continues to invest in mobile intelligence to detect and counter attacks on mobile devices. This intelligence is used by mobco to further secure and protect data on mobile devices.

As stated by Mike Murray, VP at Lookout, the mobile device is ‘the’ place where malicious attacks take place these days. The device contains both all your personal and business data, logins and passwords.
“You use your mobile device for two factor authentication”, clearly an interesting target for someone who wants to break into the services or network you use!

Many, if not all, of attacks on mobile are actually user initiated, without them knowing: phishing!

This remains one of the toughest question in the industry: how can we counter this without channeling all traffic back to our traditional network? As one of mobco’s design principles is to see the mobile device always on an outside network, it’s impossible to inspect every bit that’s being consumed by the mobile device.

Lookout is working on the next level of pro-active mobile protection against phishing to solve this. A welcome addition to our portfolio and yet another service that will help us protect your data and better secure your business!

Another interesting fact: 3 awards were won by members of the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance!

 

Mobileiron Live 2018 – Berlin

Time for a short recap of Mobileiron Live 2018!

Together with a delegation of our customers and our EMEA partners we spent two days (and nights) in Berlin to learn about the latest evolution in UEM.
UEM? Well, Gartner decided it’s time to change the acronym again, moving from Mobile Device Management to Enterprise Mobility Management, we now talk about Unified Endpoint Management! (Gartner report on UEM coming out soon)

Making a summary of every presentation would be impossible, but let me highlight a few of the conference take-aways.

1. Cloud Authentication through Mobileiron Access

To better protect your cloud services such as Salesforce or Office 365, Access is providing extra security.
Access is not replacing your current IDP (in most cases ADFS), it adds an extra layer of device check (just like Sentry does for your mobile mail), and there’s more…
Authenticator is a new feature that allows you to have seamless 2-factor authentication on your mobile device to access cloud services – on any device. Logging in on your desktop can trigger a notification on your mobile to ensure it’s really you!
And than there’s SSO! Single Sign On – a much appreciated feature by every employee is now extended to cloud services on mobile devices thanks to Access!

2. Android Enterprise is here to stay

With zero-touch deployment of Android devices and better support to secure ‘any’ app for business, Android is rapidly increasing its market share in enterprises.
Google got the message and have launched several initiatives to provide enterprise features on a broad scale, not only linked to specific vendors or software.
This basically means that the guidance we provided last year on Android app development is confirmed (native AppConfig methods are to be used).
It doesn’t come as a surprise that with consumer market saturation, the enterprise business gains more attention.

3. We want apps, more apps!

With UEM we provide the business the perfect platform to rapidly deploy apps, secure content and improve productivity. But we also notice the business is not always aware of those possibilities and time to market is in many cases way too long.
Call it our ‘mission’ for the next months to bring more business ideas on the table to inspire you.
We have several off-the-shelve apps available, we can custom build apps, show partner apps and more.
In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing new possibilities to move from “data+idea” to “mobile business with app” within a day…

4. macOS in business

macOS is growing fast and increased Q4 shipping with 10%! That’s a lot of new units, and a lot of those are going to the enterprise customers.
Today we can manage a mac just like an iPad, it’s not only easy – but the good thing is that we know exactly how it needs to be done and the infrastructure to make it happen is already in place!
Yes, that includes secure connections to the back-end systems, from wherever you are.

If you would like the conference presentations on a specific topic, please let us know!
We’ll also be publishing more white papers in the coming weeks on integration with M365 and more.

See you soon,

the mobco team

How you benefit from the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance

On April 17th, a sunny spring Tuesday in Zürich, the member CEOs of the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance (EMEA) are welcomed by Philipp Klomp, CEO of Nomasis (nomasis.ch) at their headquarters. It’s time for a strategy update of the largest community of mobile IT experts in Europe!

The success of the alliance has been proven over the past years and created a clear benefit for the member companies AND their clients. “Expertise sharing was the main focus for the technical teams and resulted in a better customer service with quicker response times,” says Martin Blattmann, responsible for engineering and support at Nomasis.

Building upon the clear technical expertise benefit, the EMEA members agreed to shift gears and expand their collaboration model with a coordinated product and service offering.
“Now it’s time to take EMEA to the next level!” stated Markus Adolph, managing partner and founder of EBF (ebf.de), representing the largest member of EMEA.

The benefits for the EMEA customers:

  • the best possible customer experience with the quickest response times
  • the highest level of expertise in mobile IT
  • NEW: the broadest portfolio of products and services, on a European scale

Ronan Murphy, CEO of CWSI (cwsi.ie) “With the updated alliance strategy we have basically set the golden standard for mobile IT projects.”
The services provided by the members of the alliance are converging towards a high standard, valid across Europe. EMEA provides a quality label for expert services in mobile IT!

On top of the software that is acquired from top vendors in Enterprise Mobility, the members have all invested in niche solutions complementing the readily available software. “We fix the issues we encounter in enterprise implementations that requires specific development,” says Ulrik Van Schepdael, CEO mobco (mob.co). With the new EMEA strategy, the enterprise grade software solutions are now available to all customers across Europe.

The next step for EMEA is to put even more of a focus on the customer experience. EMEA members provide the best quality service, unequaled expertise and the broadest product portfolio to truly support mobile business transformation.

More information on the alliance can be found at emea.mobi .

Contact us for more information!

Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance in the Press

mobco is one of the founding members of the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance, EMEA.

This alliance is no holding structure or commercial vehicle, it brings together mobco alike companies from across Europe to share mobile expertise!
In enterprises across Europe we often encounter similar challenges that mobile IT system integrators try solve in the best possible matter. Sharing expertise with Nomasis (Swiss), EBF (Germany) and CWSI (Ireland) has been proven to be very successful.
All mobile IT engineers share a common communication platform, product experiences and most important, product validations are happening better and faster, thanks to the EMEA.

CIO Applications magazine spotted the biggest pool of mobile IT expertise and wrote a nice article about it you can find here.