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SMBs Can Get into the BYOD Game with HP Flex-Bundles for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Xani

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By Lainie Guthrie

SMB Solutions and Route to Market 

 

The ability to operate in a mobile world is a reality that can no longer be avoided by businesses. Individuals and organizations are dependent on the convenience and data accessibility afforded by mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops. This mobile trend has both a personal and business benefit, as telecommuting and bring your own device (BYOD) practices have become the norm.

 

“The consumer-driven and ubiquitous nature of mobile devices is creating a nearly unstoppable force in the business space,” explains Chad Udell, managing director of Float Mobile Learning, a consulting, application development, and training and education firm. “Simply put, people have these devices, and they want to use them…[and they are often] more capable than the equipment that they have been issued by their organizations.”[1]l


By 2016, Gartner, Inc., forecasts that almost 4 in 10 organizations will use only BYOD and will cease providing communications devices to their employees. In addition, the research company expects 85% of businesses to engage in a BYOD program by 2020.

 

Beyond the convenience it offers, why is BYOD so popular? As a result of ease of use and the comfort level it provides employees, BYOD has proven to significantly improve employee productivity. According to research sponsored by Citrix, nearly 1 in 5 small to midsize businesses (SMBs) have achieved productivity gains of more than 30% as a result of BYOD practices.[2]  

 

Security concerns and budget are often roadblocks for SMBs wishing to implement or control BYOD. By devising and executing a BYOD policy that outlines permissible – and forbidden – activities for employee mobile devices, security concerns can be alleviated. An SMB survey by Spiceworks found that 61% of SMBs have BYOD policies in place for employee smartphones, tablets, or computers.

But what about SMBs that do not have the existing budget, IT staffing, and/or infrastructure to support BYOD practices? How can they get in the BYOD game to remain competitive, while also ensuring the security of their data and IT environments?

HP is delivering a budget-friendly communications solution designed specifically for the needs of SMBs. HP Flex-Bundles for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 provide a robust, flexible communications platform that supports up to 500 or 1,000 mailboxes. Its centralized infrastructure and data loss protection technology ensures emails, appointments, calendars, and contacts are accessible, securely encrypted, backed up, and compliant – whether employees are in the office or using a mobile device on the road.

 

The solution is also now supported by Intel-powered HP ProLiant Gen9 servers, making it highly efficient and budget-friendly. Its speed, ease of management, and simplified sizing and provisioning drastically reduces IT staff requirements and related costs.

 

HP Flex-Bundles for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 are available in predefined reference configurations based on SMB IT development stages, making it scalable for future growth. SMBs can purchase the solution they need now, and add on later, which also controls long-term costs.

 

SMBs that want to deploy BYOD technologies and practices to remain competitive in an ever-increasingly mobile marketplace but have security concerns and budgetary barriers now have HP Flex-Bundles for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013. To find out more about how this solution can empower your SMB and position it for growth, visit hp.com

 

Learn more about HP Flex-Bundles for Microsoft and keep up to date with the latest information and resources for HP and Microsoft SMB resellers by joining the Coffee Coaching community on Facebook,TwitterYouTube, and LinkedIn.

 

[1] http://www.inc.com/comcast/byod-byoa-a-growing-applicable-trend.html

[2] http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/06/20/5-ways-small-businesses-can-succeed-in-the-mobile-era/

 

 

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