There has recently been a huge increase in the number of mobile devices being utilized in the workplace. The concept of bring your own device (BYOD) is becoming popular around the world. The ability to properly manage and set guidelines for the use of personal mobile devices has become as essential function of the corporate world. As the number of workers using mobile devices increases, Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) becomes more important. EMM are people and processes designated to manage the increased use of mobile technology within a company.
According to an article in ComputerWorld, “The rapid pace of innovation in mobile devices and software has made managing it all a moving target, but the proliferation of user-owned devices at work means businesses cannot wait to beef up their support infrastructure.”
This is a big challenge to EMM. A company can put controls on their workplace software, but there is no clear method of handling it when an employee leaves a company. A business may be able to protect itself against any unauthorized attempts to access a device. There is a problem if the user of the mobile device forwards an email with sensitive material to an unsecured location. A company’s security may not be able to prevent this from happening.
There are various types of software available from vendors for mobile device management. As mobile technology advances, these vendors add new features to their software. This software is designed to implement everything from device policy controls and applications, to network, content and service management.
An effective EMM program should be designed to help workers who are utilizing mobile devices. The program should assist them with being more productive. It should provide the tools necessary to help perform better with tablets and smartphones. Many companies create their own application delivery system as part of their EMM program. Identity management systems can also be put in place. This will make certain only authorized users have access to the company’s application tools.
Central Administrative Console
It is now possible for a company to conduct its EMM from a single administrative console. This provides a company’s management with the ability to view all the mobile devices on their system at once. This makes it possible for a company to put a device on their system, configure it and update it with security as necessary.
As a variety of personal mobile devices are used in the workplace, a company’s IT department will have to adapt. They will be asked to handle infrastructure changes, a variety of platforms, device requirements and more. A company will have to invest in the IT department to make its EMM as effective as possible.