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September 2011

Mobile device management: Law firm users bring their own

Law firm Norton Rose wanted to embrace the collaboration and productivity gains of a BYOD (bring your own device) approach to mobility, but the firm knew all the well the legal ramifications of a mobile strategy gone wrong. Norton Rose provides business law services from offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific and needed to offer its lawyers the same access to corporate email and information on the road as in the office, said Vlad Botic, technology innovation director for the group, which bases its IT and network systems in London. The biggest concern was the ability to secure and set user policy around personal devices, and Botic realized pretty quickly that would mean investing in a mobile device management (MDM) system. At first the firm issued corporate BlackBerrys, securing them with a BlackBerry Exchange Server. But so-called “consumerisation of IT” changed all of that—especially when employees began bringing iPads en masse. In finding a mobile device management solution to handle this influx, Norton Rose ...

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