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ILTA's quarterly magazine contains substantive articles authored by members and vendors. The opinions expressed in the articles are solely those of the contributors and are not necessarily those of ILTA or its members.

Fall 2015 — Our Mobile Workforce

Dolly Parton could not have foreseen how “always on” our professional workforce would become when she penned “Workin’ 9:00 to 5:00; what a way to make a livin’.” It’s likely that many of us are reviewing our email backlog as we “stumble to the kitchen;” and we will be monitoring a Twitter feed, checking Facebook and getting a local traffic report as we pour that “cup of ambition.”

Mobility is intrinsic to our work; so much so that we’ll likely see the phrase “mobile workforce” atrophy rapidly in the coming years. There won’t be another professional workforce other than a mobile one.

Gadgets and widgets and apps . . . oh, my! It’s enough to make your chief security officer hide under the bed. Successful mobile strategies require diligence in learning and heeding policies, procedures and best practices around information governance, security and interoperability. Our contributors to this magazine have successes to share, and you’ll see mobility examined from every angle. We’ve got details on successful mobile device deployments, an in-depth review of Office 365, data management practices, pitfalls and lessons learned. I’ve barely scratched the Surface Pro ;-).

Mobility is both a life- and career-changing boon and a cautionary tale. The content provided here will bolster your understanding of and appreciation for the highly complex challenges of supporting mobile workers. As Dolly said, “It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it.”

Read and enjoy — in or out of the office!