As we look back on 2015, we’ve identified the mobility topics that our customers and peers talked about most. With those in mind, we offer you a roundup of the three core issues that many enterprises will focus on—or struggle with—in the year ahead.
Security and manageability
For security, mobile device management (MDM) software will be an important part of nearly every mobility strategy, whether enterprises seek to ensure an existing solution remains the best fit, or they decide to migrate to a new system to take advantage of different features, consolidated functions, and better pricing. Organizations will continue to look at niche MDM providers, such as AirWatch, MobileIron, and SOTI, in addition to larger players such as Microsoft, SAP, and Citrix.
Security is top of mind in large part because bring your own device (BYOD) policies are so widespread. BYOD gives employees the productivity and familiar experience they expect, but enterprises still need to secure devices that interact with corporate networks and data. There’s a delicate balance in allowing workers the freedom to access corporate resources easily while ensuring sufficient security for vital data and networks. With BYOD, the latest and greatest tablets and phones are added to the mobile environment right away, which may leave enterprises wondering if their MDM solutions can continue to handle the plethora of new devices and operating systems being released.
A good way to get ahead of the escalating push and pull between freedom of choice and enterprise security is to optimize or upgrade your MDM solution to make sure it can handle whatever comes next. Whether you’re looking for a quick one-day checkup of your existing solution health, wondering whether a cloud or on-premises solution works best, shopping for fully managed mobility services, or seeking help with migration to a new solution, Enterprise Mobile has services and information for you.
Application development, distribution, and management
The mobile-first approach is gaining momentum. According to an analyst report from 451 Research in October 2015, 40 percent of companies plan to prioritize the mobilization of general business apps over the next two years, as compared with those that plan to mobilize only field service and sales teams.
This push toward mobile development means companies are weighing their options: native or cross-platform development, a third-party platform capable of designing apps across all major operating systems, a web app, or simple migration of paper-based processes to a mobile format. After you make app development decisions, it’s time to think about app distribution and management as part of a larger mobility strategy. You’ll also need to decide if you’ll use your MDM platform or other third-party tools to manage app delivery.
These decisions depend on:
- The device features mobile users need to access
- What tasks they’ll be performing
- How often you can update homegrown native apps
- The maturity of your mobile environment
- What your mobile roadmap looks like
It’s easier to address your business needs when you have insight into which apps and devices employees already use, as well as what they use them for.
You can also read up on mobile application development to inform your development decisions. Solution options include mobile development platforms for native development and mobile application management (MAM) tools that incorporate mobile app distribution, monitoring, security, and more to help you increase visibility into—and control of—your mobile environment. Our partners Kony, Apperian, and Canvas can help with application development, distribution, and management.
More devices and more mobile apps mean more risk. So the more enterprises rely on mobility, the more they have to think about potential vulnerabilities and assess the threats—such as malware, intrusions, and viruses—that apply to the mobile operating systems they’re using. After all, it’s one thing to be concerned with giving employees email access on their phones, but quite another when your company processes credit card transactions via mobile devices.
With so much at risk, it’s a good idea to review your security at the data, application, device, and network levels on a regular basis, whether that means hardware or software, in the cloud or on-premises. The start of a new year is a great time to take care of this. Enterprise Mobile has partnered with industry-leading solution providers, including Lookout, Zimperium, Wandera, and Veracode. Each one offers a set of capabilities to help combat threats to a company’s mobile environment.
Resolutions for 2016
It’s nearly impossible for any organization to stay ahead of all that goes into a mobile strategy—device and carrier selection, deployment and ongoing support, logistics, security, threat management, application development and management, policy management, and so on. Many companies engage one or more partners to manage these activities, but no matter who takes care of your mobile strategy, now is the time to update your environment to boost efficiency and security.