Developing Trends in Enterprise Mobility Management
Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is a holistic approach for enabling employees to securely and efficiently leverage numerous mobile devices, to access professional tools and information to carry out work-related tasks remotely.
EMM generally applies the key principles of both Mobile Device Management and Mobile Application Management solutions, to instill comprehensive control over corporate networks for organisations, in addition to managing the content and data which are being accessed on a more individual level as well.
EMM allows enterprises to implement a harmonised strategy to lower the costs, complexity and security issues which can derive from managing the components of mobility separately. As a result, a shift of emphasis has occurred in the Enterprise Mobility market, from the devices themselves to the applications and content the devices are accessing.
This growing focus on EMM equips mobile professionals with a less restricted ability to complete important business-related tasks whilst on the move, out of the office and between multiple devices. This is reflected in a recent forecast that the market for EMM solutions is set to grow from $3.8bn in revenue in 2014, to $9.6bn in 2018, according to 451 Research Group.
There are a number of trends in Enterprise Mobility Management which could begin emerging as a consequence of these advancements, such as:
Identity verification becoming a more prominent control over access to corporate systems from mobile devices.
Security controls such as encryption, remote wiping of devices, anti-virus precautions and authentication will continue to attract significant attention.
EMM will need to continue accommodating for the fact that many employees use three or more devices throughout the day to complete their work, and there must be a seamless transition between these devices when accessing business content.
Mobile operating systems are now beginning to incorporate features of EMM into their functionalities, as the requirements of enterprises are presenting more opportunities for developers and vendor companies.
Ultimately, organisations' mobile infrastructures must monitor who employees are and what devices they're using, their location and the specific applications and content they are accessing. Simultaneously, they must preserve personal user privacy, and improve workflows and core business processes. This provides the enterprise with a level of control that allows them to securely maximise the productivity of their mobile workforce and gain a genuine return on their investments.