Visage Mobile Offers Free Mobile Policy Template
Mobile IT administrators swamped with the daily challenges of mobile device management likely know that they should have a corporate mobile policy in place -- and likely haven't gotten around to drafting, finalizing and executing one. Visage Mobile wants to help, as today the software management firm issued a free enterprise mobility policy template to help boost the adoption of corporate mobile guidelines. The template, authored along with Philippe Winthrop, analyst at the global wireless unit of Strategy Analytics, builds on Visage Mobiles experience helping hundreds of enterprises create policies to ensure employee safety, save money and prevent corporate liability, according to the company. "With pervasive U.S. cell phone adoption, having a corporate mobile policy in place is becoming a must have for businesses of all sizes and industries," Bzur Haun, president of Visage Mobile, said in a statement. "Inspired by Oprahs No Phone Zone campaign, we wanted to give businesses free access to a policy guidebook that covers all ends of the mobile world -- from safety and devices to rate plans -- making mobile policy adoption simpler." The corporate mobility policy guidebook is intended to equip the workforce with the most appropriate mobile devices, plans and applications needed to enhance productivity and performance.
Strategy Analytics and Visage Mobile research has shown that companies with defined mobility policies have higher returns on mobility investments in terms of workforce productivity, flexibility and employee responsiveness to customer needs. The two firms also say that defined mobile policies help corporations manage mobile costs and investments. Suggested policies every business should consider include: zero-tolerance for texting and e-mailing while driving; hands-free only, particularly in states such as California, where its the law; no phones with cameras for employees entering into government installations; defining personal versus business use expectations for both voice and data as well as mobile Web sites; no downloads of games, ringtones, etc.; use of Wi-Fi versus 3G to control data roaming costs; and limitations on mobile device upgrades or replacements. You can access a copy of Visage Mobiles corporate mobility policy guidebook at the company's newly launched mobile managers' community forum. Note that the download requires free registration.