Enterprises Mobility is a solution to modern workspace demand, wherein the employees are armed with technology so despite physical space barrier employees can work from any location using a variety of devices and applications. The term of mobility solution commonly tends to point towards the mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets including the complete business purpose. Mobility solutions provide complete access to the enterprise network along with the data, though many of them have developed security solutions to deal with enhanced mobility solutions. One example of mobility solutions is one person is able to upload a file from office system, suddenly due to unforeseen circumstances, the employee has to work on the project live, and now, mobility solutions such as laptops and tabs can offer a complete solution for eminent situations.
Enterprises Mobility Management is one of the prime examples of the enterprise mobility solution, wherein it can assist the IT departments in enabling mobile workers and implementing policy to prevent security risks. Having a strong usage policy for the employees can contribute greatly towards the successful enterprise mobility strategy. Enterprises mobility over the years has emerged as a solution that can drastically improve the employee’s flexibility and choice increasing job satisfaction, and productivity. Every enterprise knowingly or unknowingly are using the enterprise mobility for its employees; it’s either based on a structured network or un-structured network. The early enterprise-class mobile devices, such as PalmPilot personal digital assistants and Blackberry smartphones were typically employer provided. Such mobility devices are typically focused on providing personal information management capabilities that include mobile access to email, calendars, and contacts.
Most of the enterprise’s mobility devices were typically slow or mundane when other functions need to be added for better management. With improved devices and networking solutions, enterprise mobility solutions shifted from the device based to software based. Here is a list of such solutions and the evolution of them.
1. Mobile Device Management(MDM)
Arranging a mobile device to fit the unique management and security specifications along with it fit in the enterprises’ requirements is what made the mobile device management one of the foremost solutions. For years enterprises have relied on the Mobile Device Management solutions for various mobile devices access, application functions and even enforce several of the mobile enterprise policies. IT teams leverage the MDM as a way that can assist the enterprise in enrolling, managing and securing all the devices. Enterprises that provide the option of Bring your Device (BYOD) policy or corporate owned personally enabled device policy can benefit greatly from the MDM. MDM can be used to install and manage the apps on devices if you view the security of the devices it’s much better covered with the MDM. Using the MDM, the IT admins have better control over the devices making them control the function wherein they can remotely lock and wipe enterprise data while shielding the data.
2. Mobile Application Management (MAM)
If MDM gave enterprise opportunity to deal with devices, Mobile Application Management was one step close to application management. MAM solution majority focuses on the applications, data, and network. MAM permits the enterprises to control the data within the app and all the access to the app. MAM actually gave the opportunity to the enterprises provide the personal touch to the devices, so that the employee would have complete privacy while on the other hand, the IT teams would have control over the apps that are critical for enterprises. MAM has a history of improving the security posture of enterprise application by ensuring that they have passwords or the apps are encrypted. In case of breach or device being stolen only the app would be remotely wiped off along with complete data. It offers a user-friendly approach with application management capabilities.
3. Enterprises Mobility Management (EMM)
The mobility ecosystem has become much more complex over the last few years; enterprises required mobility solutions with expanded capabilities. With that, we had enterprise mobility management (EMM) as a solution for enterprises. When you look at the feature of Enterprises Mobility Management, it seems that they are the same as the MAM and MDM combined, but there are several new features that have been added to the solution. EMM offers much greater control over the device data and access management that assist in managing the devices in today’s environment and also assist with BYOD policies.
Using EMM enterprises can manage both devices and applications. However, EMM allows the remote tasks to carry out such as monitoring, auditing user for compliance purpose, an automatic lock of the device in case of breach and complete provision of the device. Even some of the EMM even prevent the unauthorized person from accessing the sensitive user data.
4. Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
If MDM and MAM failed to gain the required traction with their solutions, so we needed the EMM to come, and prevent a data breach in mobility. In the same way, we saw UEM (Unified Endpoint Management) in one of the latest solutions that will soon be providing the required traction for all the enterprise. Mobility and IT teams are burdened with several of the responsibilities to protect the network and maintain the data compliance for the solutions.
UEM offers all the solutions mentioned above for EMM, MDM, and MAM with more improved tools that enhance productivity and security. One of the common capability of the UEM is to make the device enrolment mush simpler compared to the other devices, that will enhance productivity and security. With various verification tools, network access touch points and combined with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities the devices tend to make the security as a more easier opportunity for IT teams.
Currently, all the above solutions MAM, MDM, and EMM are used by the Enterprises to make the mobility a secured work option. However most of the devices currently require constant up-gradation, and each device faces different threats, the UEM will be able to solve the major security problem. UEM provides several benefits including reduced operational costs and expanded visibility in device security; it allows the organizations to deploy more devices with complete management and security fully optimized.
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