Advances in the technologies of the electronic components essential to mobility continue to yield powerful and productive mobile computers and communicators, with an amazing range of function and raw capabilities that even seasoned professionals find remarkable. There also have been dramatic improvements in wireless networks—from Wi-Fi to the broadband cellular services that continue to expand in both coverage and capacity—that offer throughput and related performance characteristics that rival what’s possible on wire. Finally, add in apps, cloud solutions and related management capabilities, and there’s never been a better time than right now to profit from a strategy that reaps the benefits of a mobile workforce—and, really, a mobile organization.
However, those organizations that currently use the Good for Enterprise platform have been informed by BlackBerry, Good’s new corporate owner, that end of life for this product will occur in mid-2017. This means that a new solution absolutely must be selected. No one, of course, ever enjoys events like this, as already-overtaxed IT departments must put the consideration of current and future requirements for mobility management and mobile operations—from operating expense to required features to end-user training and support—on the front burner. Now, the costs to address this requirement can be significant, to say the least.