By now, you’re probably familiar with the term Enterprise Mobility Management, or EMM. It’s one of the hottest topics in mobility at the moment. So what does it really mean?
Essentially, EMM (born from Mobile Device Management) is a direct response to the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) revolution that’s been making waves for quite some time. By utilizing EMM solutions, enterprises can stay on top of that trend by managing everything from mobile phones to tablets to laptops to workstations to virtual machines, in a secure way. The benefits of an EMM solution are pretty clear: it gives your organization a high level of control over what can and cannot reside on your employee’s devices, and which of those devices are allowed access to your corporate assets.
The Must-Haves: Compatibility, Security, and Integration
So how do you make EMM a true business enablement service, that makes both your enterprise, and your people, as productive as possible? You need to start by choosing an EMM solution, of course. But where do you start? Here are the big features to consider before you dive in:
- When you’re evaluating EMM solutions, you’ll need to start by thinking about which operating systems and platforms your organization needs in order to enable a mobility outcome. Is the solution compatible with Windows, Android, and iOS? Do you need all three? Perhaps you need to support additional choices beyond the ‘big three’? Regardless, make sure you know which systems and platforms you want to access your network, and then narrow down your search to a solution that offers support for those choices.
- This is the big one. Every EMM solution provider will put security at the top of their list of features, and rightly so. But which security features do you absolutely need? At the very least, you’ll want to look for password protection, remote wipe & lock capabilities, device and data encryption, malware detection, and VPN configuration & management. Also keep in mind that most EMM solutions offer application containers that provide an additional security layer, including HTTPS and two-factor authentication.
- As you think about choosing an EMM solution, make sure you consider if and how it will integrate with the other solutions you already have in place. Does it integrate with your existing datacenter services, including server-side applications, desktop applications,or cloud services? Does it integrate with your disaster avoidance and disaster recovery services? Integration is a key piece of the puzzle, especially if you’re trying to create a true software-defined data center.
At Data Strategy, we spend a lot of time thinking about mobility in general, and EMM solutions specifically. As a result, we can help you not only choose the right EMM solution, but also implement that solution and create IT and business enablement from it. We give you the ability to deliver any application anywhere and secure any device, and we are certified to offer EMM solutions through industry leader AirWatch by VMware.
We also view EMM as one part of a holistic mobility strategy, which can also include application packaging and delivery, end user compute solutions, firewall and micro-segmentation, and user profile and performance management. Taking advantage of our mobility and BYOD solutions, you can enable better business productivity and stronger security – so your people can be as mobile as they want to be, while your applications stay as secure as you need them to be.
Jason Nizich, VCIX | vExpert, is a Principal Architect at Data Strategy.