While Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) was once primarily concerned with securing and managing individual devices, today’s mobile technology initiatives are more broadly focused on user support – whether they’re in the office or not. But what does that mean for the future of enterprise mobile technology?
The short answer is ‘chaotic.’ EMM is undertaking a rapid transformation that not only helps businesses avoid risks and missed opportunities, but strategically supports global operations in a way that inspires growth and optimal productivity.
But before this can happen, three major changes are sure to impact your organization – and you need to be ready before it’s possible to succeed.
Battling Enterprise Mobile Technology Immaturity
If you’ve been dealing with EMM for any length of time, it’s easy to forget that enterprise mobile technology is actually quite young compared to its more traditional alternatives. Many companies are just starting to uncover the advantages these devices can provide.
And, because each organization uses a unique mix of devices, operating systems, and management strategies to get work done, this means there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution out there. While one EMM partner may feature all the capabilities your business requires, that doesn’t guarantee its success working with another.
The market is constantly evolving to catch up with ever-changing business requirements – leading to enterprise hesitation, lack of planning, and/or failure to execute when mobility management is put into action without help. And, considering the scope of EMM is expanding to incorporate new devices types every day, this difficulty is only going to grow going forward…
If you haven’t moved past enterprise mobile technology security already, you’ll soon need to expand your search for solutions that incorporate more efficient and productive ways to influence employee work – as well as comprehensive integration capabilities that create a holistic, globally visible management infrastructure. Otherwise, mobility’s silo will quickly spiral out of your technology team’s control.
Ensuring Project Success
A large percentage of today’s enterprise mobile technology projects fail for one major reason: responsibilities lack clear definition. Whether you have a dedicated mobility management team or not, these undertakings typically lag behind the pace of IT because they’re treated as add-on solutions rather than an integral element of the picture.
As the volume of mobile devices deployed skyrockets at the enterprise level, the time, resources, and manpower to manage these initiatives simply can’t keep up with employee demands. On top of that, security for advanced technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) is often an afterthought that isn’t addressed until it’s too late.
What this means moving forward is that your overall technology management’s project security policies need to be reviewed to ensure they’re not actually inhibiting user experiences and access points in a manner that prevents them from getting things done. While it’s important to protect sensitive company information, your approach ultimately fails if it renders this data unusable at all because it leads to risky workarounds – if not jeopardizing your investment into mobile technology entirely.
Dealing with New Device Functionalities
Until recently, mobile devices were largely a consumer-driven technology in the eyes of equipment manufacturers. This meant a lack of native security features and workplace functionalities that required consideration before large-scale enterprise implementation. But that sentiment is quickly changing.
As more and more organizations leverage mobility management as a strategic business asset, device makers have started making changes to make their technologies more enterprise-friendly straight out of the box.
Android, for example, has created its own Android for Work operating system for just this reason. Now, any of these handsets have a directly integrated security layer that automatically separates business and personal data on each device. As the enterprise mobile technology market grows, don’t expect the pace of these developments to slow down anytime soon.
The future of enterprise mobility is exciting – but achieving success is a complex task for you to achieve alone. Even the most effective technology can leave much to be desired without the professional experience and expertise to drive these deployments forward. Fortunately, we can help.
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