MDM Is A Must In Enterprise Mobility Ecosystem

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 11/21/2017
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Enterprise mobility is becoming more flexible, more agile, and as device and operating system agnostic as possible. It’s because of that the management of those devices is increasingly more difficult by the day.

Mobile Device Management, or MDM, is now evolving into Unified Endpoint Management (UEM), but the purpose remains the same: keeping devices in BYOD or COPE scenarios secure while having enough control to push through apps or updates without digitally interrupting the end user.

Digital transformation is changing the way the world works, and that’s great. But in doing so, businesses are seeing an influx of preferred (and flexible) devices and operating systems, from Android to MacOS or iOS for mobile equipment, and even Windows and BlackBerry functions. Additionally, some businesses are still utilizing desktop computers with minimal mobile output, while conversely, some businesses are being born in the cloud and utilizing mobile devices only to perform business functions.

It’s because of those variations – that will continue to expand – the EMM and MDM markets are poised to escalate in market growth and value. As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, the EMM market is showing solid year-over-year growth at 9% annually, rising from $1.8 billion in 2017 to $2.2 billion in just a half a decade, the year 2022.

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Managing The Masses: Devices Control Eliminates Chaos

What are enterprises doing to secure and manage devices across multiple hardware and software platforms?

Take for instance what’s going on at G+J Media’s Amsterdam Office, and how IT Manager Olaf de Jager’s mobile force is spread across a wide area. de Jager sought out a mobile device management solution for his iOS based, COPE platform set up and had specific needs.

“We did need to adapt the security policy because (employees) were afraid we’d be watching them,” de Jager said. “But the changes and the management offering has been well worth it for us. We’ve been able to trace company-owned devices and locate them after being lost on a plane, or once on a train, for example. Being able to install apps from a single console has been really cool as well, and our workers are now used to it.”

Where MDM proves its worth for de Jager is that the IT manager is just one on a team of two, overseeing the needs of desktops and mobile devices for hundreds of users constantly on the go. Using an MDM isn’t just a nice functionality; it’s a necessity.

Enterprise mobility is the future of work, with a forecasted 18.9% CAGR through 2022, resulting in a market value north of $318 billion by 2022. Additionally, and to de Jager’s point, regardless of a BYOD or COPE environment, security is paramount, especially when devices are on the go.

Having a solid Mobile Device Management system in place gives administrators the ability to centrally manage and view usage of the equipment in real-time – the first step in proactive defense against hacks, malware, and malicious threats.

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Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt