Enterprise Mobility Solutions: Stages Of Evolution

Navigating Through The Categories Of Mobile Tools

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Steven Lerner

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Making sense of the alphabet soup of enterprise mobility solutions can be complicated. To help you understand more about them, here’s a list of different solutions that were used during the past few years and up until today in 2019:

1. Mobile Device Management

Arranging for a mobile device to fit the unique management and security specifications for an organization is what a mobile device management (MDM) solution is all about. For years, enterprises have relied on MDM solutions as a way to do tasks such as configure WiFi access, disable native apps, and enforce organizational mobile policies.

IT teams leverage MDM as a way to enroll, manage, and secure all devices. Enterprises with both a bring your own device (BYOD) policy or a corporate-owned personally enabled (COPE) device policy can benefit from MDM.

MDM can be used to install and manage the apps on devices. From a security standpoint, MDM has proven to be useful. With the right MDM solution, IT teams are able to remotely lock and wipe enterprise data while shielding personal data.

2. Mobile Application Management

If an MDM solution is all about the device, then a mobile application management (MAM) solution focuses more the actual applications. Unlike MDM that focuses on controlling the device, MAM permits an enterprise to control the data within the app and access to the app.

MAM has a history of improving the security posture of enterprise apps by ensuring that the apps have a password or ensuring that the apps are encrypted. In case of a breach, enterprises can remotely wipe the app (instead of the actual device).

On the management front, MAM can also be used for updating the apps with new patches.

3. Enterprise Mobility Management

As the mobile ecosystem became more complex, organizations required enterprise mobility solutions with expanded capabilities. That’s why businesses turned to enterprise mobility management (EMM).

On the surface, EMM offers many of the same features as MDM and MAM, but there are several additional features that help IT professionals overcome the types of challenges that arise with managing and securing devices in today’s environment. In many ways, the rise of BYOD served as a catalyst that fueled the increase of EMM.

Mobility teams are able to manage both devices and applications with EMM. However, EMM also allows for remote tasks (such as monitoring), auditing users for compliance purposes, automatically locking down a device in case of a breach, and provisioning devices smoother. Recently, some of the top EMM providers offer identity management tools that prohibit unauthorized users from accessing company data.

4. Unified Endpoint Management

If EMM was the solution that supplanted MDM and MAM, then unified endpoint management (UEM) is the latest solution that will likely eclipse all of them. In recent years, mobility teams have been burdened with added responsibilities to protect networks and maintain data compliance. Serving as the next stage of enterprise mobility solutions, UEM goes beyond just management of mobile devices by focusing on all of the new endpoints in the enterprise, including wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT).

UEM serves as a single solution for managing and securing all devices. Unlike EMM, UEM has tools that enhance productivity and security. Common capabilities of UEM include simpler device enrollment (as well as a simpler device retirement process), quicker verification of users accessing enterprise data, and even artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.

Enterprises that switch to UEM typically experience several benefits, included reduced operational costs, and expanded visibility into device security. This solution allows organizations to deploy more devices with the peace of mind knowing that management and security are fully optimized.

In 2019, UEM has emerged as the most evolved solution for enterprise mobility. Adoption has been sluggish, but it should pick up in the coming months.

Is your enterprise leveraging UEM?