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Enterprise Mobility Management: Trends And Solutions

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Mobile technologies give enterprises a competitive edge, but in order to take advantage of the productivity and collaboration gains that mobility brings to the table, companies first need to solve the security and management challenges. That's where enterprise mobility management solutions come into play.

The BYOD (bring your own device) trend has no desire to slow down. Predictions from mobility analysts all point to more personal devices being used for work and even more business apps being deployed. Even organizations that don't support BYOD programs are forced to deal with the issue. As a result, enterprise mobility is one of the fastest changing areas for IT with more device and application options and ways for users to use them for work.

User expectations are also changing; the mobile workforce wants more flexibility without having to sacrifice privacy and control. On the other hand, IT administrators are having to deal with much more sophisticated security threats, not to mention a diverse collection of endpoints to protect. To stay on top of all of the new mobile platforms, operating systems, devices, security threats and growing user expectations, the enterprise mobility solutions are evolving as well.

The primary enterprise mobility management solutions fall into three categories: Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM) and Mobile Content Management (MCM). However, today many vendors are blurring the lines between these options and offering comprehensive solutions that addresses devices, applications and content in a single suite. What's more, a number of solutions are offered in product packages or bundles, and some integrate with other enterprise systems, adding additional options and functionality.

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Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) 101

The world of managing and monitoring mobile devices has evolved and transformed dramatically over the past two years. In the past, the definition of EMM was predominantly focused on mobile device management, or MDM, which is the core tenet of this market. However, multiple forces have recently shifted the market. Here's how enterprise mobility management has evolved and what it is today.

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Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Product Reviews

We take a hands-on look at some of the top choices in enterprise mobility management today. The reviews focus on evaluating each solution's key features and capabilities, integration options, compatibility with existing systems, architecture of the platform, administration from an IT pro's perspective, security architecture and available features as well as support. More EMM reviews are coming soon.

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Mobile Device Management: Vendors & Comparison Guide

On the surface, MDM tools seem very much the same, but each has its strengths and weaknesses. To help IT admins make sense of what the enterprise mobile device management solutions have to offer, we came up with a list of the top considerations and asked a number of MDM vendors to tell us about their solutions. This comparison guide will introduce you to 11 MDM vendors and their mobile management solutions. 

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Enterprise Mobility Management Features That Matter

Today's enterprise mobility management tools are becoming exceedingly complex, with tons of features, capabilities and integrations. Whether you're looking at utilizing separate mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), or mobile content management (MCM) tools or an integrated enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, you'll have plenty of things to consider when evaluating possible platforms. Here we outline some of the most important feature categories to consider as you begin your research in mobility management.

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How To Evaluate Mobile Management Solutions

Managing a mobilized workforce today means maintaining a balance between your organization's security needs and user privacy and productivity. When evaluating solutions, consider security requirements as well as user flexibility. Mobile management tools take the fear and loathing out of BYOD programs and provide comfort to those desiring a higher level of corporate security. 

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Mobile Security Considerations

Smartphones, tablets, phablets and other mobile devices have become indispensable in our daily lives, for work and personal use. As enterprises become more mobile, IT has new security risks and challenges to overcome, especially organizations that have a bring your own device (BYOD) policy. Learn how to securely integrate mobile devices into your organization's infrastructure and get in front of the bring-anything risk.

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Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Vendor Lists

Organizations looking to implement an effective mobile management solution have lots of options to choose from. There are expensive enterprise-level tools that scale to thousands of users as well as less-featured and even free options that might be enough for a small business' needs. Ultimately, the final choice will depend on the specific use case and the organization's requirements and security policies. 

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