Key IT trends in enterprise mobility management
One of the most common customer complaints we heard in 2015 was the increasing lack of control they felt they had over their workers’ devices. End user computing today is unrecognisable to that of five years ago – many users have more than one device, and wish to connect to multiple networks via multiple Internet connections, which has created a mire of potential security threats for businesses’ IT teams to deal with.
It’s absolutely essential for organisations to have full management over the security of their devices, plus control over application integration and access, says, Colin Prime-Moore, CTO at Ultima Business Solutions.
Windows 10 has recently launched and this has really brought the issue of device management to a head for many businesses, as it includes an enterprise mobility suite that is helping businesses to re-evaluate how they’re managing their devices.
Businesses have traditionally been stuck with restrictive methods of managing their devices, which are flawed and rely on a lot of careful manual reviewing. I believe that the answer to this, in the form of EMM, will gain in prominence this year.
What is EMM and how is it transforming device management?
Device management has become a bane for businesses, but EMM directly addresses these challenges, and I think we’ll see a significant boost in its adoption this year.
Loosely defined, EMM is the business management of mobile devices, networks and computing. It’s a comprehensive ‘next generation’ version of mobile device management (MDM) – with it you can control entire IT estates, basically anything that has the potential to connect to internal resources.
The reason EMM has come about is because of the explosion in use of mobile devices – organisations are struggling to manage the proliferation of new devices connecting to their networks effectively. An EMM takes a ‘belt and braces’ approach where only a very limited number of devices are automatically deemed secure, and the rest are subjected to the same security checks each time they connect.
EMM focuses on the control and flow of information and data, ensuring that all devices are secure, providing users with complete control and freedom, whilst IT administrators can maintain control over business data and information on these devices.
This year I think we’ll see more organisations using EMM to take control of their mobility management. Comprehensive and easy to integrate, EMM suites give users an incredible amount of control over both unapproved and regularly-connecting devices – it’s a more proactive solution for security-conscious organisations.
The author of this blog is Colin Prime-Moore, CTO, Ultima Business Solutions.
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