Enterprise mobility management (EMM): it’s not just for mobile devices anymore.
If you find this to be a little confusing, you might find a few answers in Michael Nadeau’s recent article for CIO Magazine, “Uniting the Digital Enterprise.” The report explores the myriad of ways mobility innovation continues to change the way we think about business. One significant change – what MobileIron chief strategy officer Ojas Rege notes as the “third phase of enterprise mobility” – is the unified approach used to manage and secure mobile and desktop devices. Before, enterprises invested in separate tools to manage security processes; today, enterprises can standardize those processes with the help of one EMM platform.
In the article, Nadeau explains Rege’s “three phases of enterprise mobility management”: the release of the first encrypted iPhone in 2009, which ushered in the usage of mobile device management (MDM) software, the widespread integration of mobile devices in traditional business processes seen in 2012 – 2015, and today’s “golden-age” of mobility management that blurs the lines between “mobile” and “desktop.”
Each stage presents a significant shift in mobility usage:
- enterprises began to see mobile devices as more than just a means of boosting production, but rather a critical tool in the business landscape (Stage 1)
- the widespread integration of mobility began to highlight its benefits, like security and software lifecycle management. (Stage 2)
- enterprises begin to adopt software that mimics the “mobile model” of app development. By using an EMM platform, businesses can now install, secure, update, and manage desktop software like they would a mobile app.
Such a shift fundamentally changes the way enterprise software is built. As vendors begin to ship software that is as intuitive and single-purpose as any mobile app, enterprises can easily improve productivity and train employees. These new developments provide an incredible market for EMM tools like MobileIron and similar Smartbridge partners to provide desktop setup services at a much lower cost by by making it easier for a single user to access the software they need.
As the EMM model of security and connectivity continues to grow, so does the internet of things. Nadeau and his sources anticipate that other industries like health and auto manufacturing may begin to adopt EMM in an effort to transform business infrastructure. That leaves a very interesting question for this reader: just where does mobility’s innovation end? Read the report in the October issue of CIO Digital Magazine.