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Vodafone to launch 'dual persona' mobile client

Sophie Curtis | July 16, 2012
Vodafone Global Enterprise, the business services division of Vodafone Group, has revealed it is working on a 'dual persona' mobile client, that will enable business customers to compartmentalise their personal and business applications.

Simon Gale, chief technology officer at IBM workplace services, said that businesses are currently in a transition period with BYOD. As devices become more diverse, IT departments are looking for new points of standardisation.

This standardisation could be "vertical" (finding a standard means of securing the device's connection to the organisation via a VPN or reverse proxy) or "horizontal" (finding a standard way of providing access to systems and data through specific browsers or software clients like Citrix Receiver).

"Data loss prevention is becoming more and more important," said Gale. "Imagine a world where all data was appropriately categorised - you wouldn't even need dual persona."

BYOD presents a tremendous opportunity to increase employee flexibility, but it has to be fit for purpose, added Cansfield. If organisations fail to establish policies to handle the influx of new devices into the workplace, this movement will end up happening under the radar, causing much bigger problems in the future.

 

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