Today’s mobile workforce expects to access corporate resources and productivity tools anywhere, any time. A good Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Solution puts the control back in IT’s hands by allowing administrators to deploy, manage, monitor and analyze enterprise mobile apps on personal and corporate devices rapidly and securely. Whether you are embracing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategy or not, EMM enables users to access business critical applications while adhering to corporate policies and ensuring security of corporate data.
Much of the U.S. workforce already uses personal mobile devices for business. According to Forrester Research:
- 57% use their device to make work-related phone calls.
- 48% use it to check work email.
- 42% use it to search the Internet or an intranet for work-related information.
These uses are just the tip of the iceberg, but they illustrate how mobile computing is so vital that information workers will pursue it even in the absence of corporate support.
IBSS defines EMM as a range of products and services that enables organizations to deploy and support corporate applications to mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, enforcing policies and maintaining the desired level of IT control across multiple platforms. Mobile devices may be corporate and personal assets, as in BYOD programs. Areas of functionality include provisioning and decommissioning, inventory management, application management and security. The IBSS EMM solution platform is comprised of following:
- Mobile Device Management (MDM)
- Provides the ability to quickly enroll devices in the enterprise environment, configure and update device settings over-the-air, enforce security policies and compliance, secure mobile access to corporate resources, remotely lock and wipe managed devices.
- Mobile Application Management (MAM)
- Enables management of applications on mobiles devices. This includes pushing software packages and related configuration files onto devices, maintaining an inventory of installed software and versions, updating software when a new version comes out, enforcing application blacklist and whitelist rules about software allowed on devices, and presenting a catalog of both available and recommended application to users.
These services provide four critical capabilities that enable IT organizations to maintain control, automate management and minimize risks, while delivering consumer mobility to the workforce.