Success is almost always a result of discipline and patience. If you want to succeed, you have to hone your skills patiently. Big corporations reach the pinnacles of success by pursuing excellence in just one or two core competencies.
If enterprise security and mobility looks easy now, that is because of decades of hard work put in by BlackBerry. The company founded in 1984 has been working tirelessly for almost 30 years with the sole objective of providing high-performing enterprise security solutions. While the process of extending a company’s content to its mobile workforce is immensely complex, BlackBerry has made it look effortless. This has also created the perception that just about any organization can build enterprise security tools. But that is not true. Several national governments have already discovered this the hard way. It simply isn’t easy to imitate BlackBerry’s end-to-end security solutions that mitigate the risk and increase productivity.
The Real Deal
Several companies funded by national governments have attempted to deliver mobile security that can imitate BlackBerry. In almost all cases, these approaches combined customizations, containerization techniques and modifications of operating systems. All of these were bundled into a familiar handset that was supposed to impress the end-user.
In nearly all cases, the results were big failures. Some of these solutions did reach the end-user but none of them could deliver the promised value. These projects failed because they couldn’t meet the diverse requirements of the following stakeholders.
They require a productive and cost effective enterprise solution which scales well.
National security authorities
They evaluate the end-to-end security capabilities of a project and determine whether it can meet their requirements.
They require an easy-to-use handset that delivers high performance.
If the attempts to imitate BlackBerry have been unsuccessful, that is because the project could not satisfy the needs of any of these three stakeholders.
In a bid to meet the stringent security requirements, the projects had to sacrifice many capabilities that are important to IT managers and end users. As a result, employees rejected these projects. When productivity and application strategy got deprioritized, stakeholder IT teams had to stitch together the required apps and tools that should have been built into the system. As the developers underestimated solution complexity, they missed deadlines. This led to the loss of flexibility and escalating costs.
Although these solutions focused on security, they could not meet quality metrics and security. Product designs that were too dependent on the hardware resulted in devices that were out of date by the time the project got completed.
Enterprises that are not built on a solid security foundation cannot realize the numerous benefits of workforce mobilization.
Enterprise security and mobility is all about increasing the productivity of an organization. The chief purpose of security is to remove roadblocks that can hinder the development of new mobility projects.
The bottom line
Experience is not something that you can manufacture overnight. You have to build your skills and core competencies over time and then they will allow you to produce elegant solutions for complex problems.
While the need for enterprise security is growing day by day, the dream that some startup in their neighborhood will be able to produce a BlackBerry-like security solution still eludes several government customers.