Device independence: What does it mean?

Device independence is the term used to describe a consistent IT experience for users irrespective of the device they’re using – PC, tablet or smartphone – or the OS on which it runs.

Software is no longer linked to the hardware it runs on (it’s mostly up there in the cloud) and this brings huge advantages: greater flexibility and choice in just about every sense, and also productivity and speed.

From a user point-of-view, device independence means they are completely familiar with the interface, which behaves identically on their tablet, or their smartphone. Now, users can move between offices, warehouses, factory floors, labs and homes, and get access to their IT environment.

This is now not only desirable, it’s expected and users will find a way of accessing the data and resources they need to do their jobs whether or not their corporate IT team has given them permission or guidance. But if a device is lost or stolen, and that device or user’s identity is not managed in some way by their corporate IT team, then the risk of data breach is inevitable.

So IT is now at a crossroads and must find a way of managing users’ devices to give secure device independence. The benefits of doing so are many.

  • IT can focus on supporting services rather than individual devices
  • Management can be centralised
  • Corporate information, resources and data is secured
  • It’s cheaper! Fewer IT resources are required so total cost of ownership is reduced
  • Users get to use the devices they love, anywhere!
  • Native device-awareness means applications and data is presented that are appropriate for a specific device
  • In case of loss or theft, another device can be enabled almost immediately

User mobility, once thought of as carrying around a laptop, has evolved into something much more exciting! With a strategy for devices and mobility in place in your enterprise, it’s possible to stay in control, remain vigilant and grant the device independence your users crave.