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enterprise mobility

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Contributor(s): Colin Steele

Enterprise mobility is the trend toward a shift in work habits, with more employees working out of the office and using mobile devices and cloud services to perform business tasks.

The term refers not only to mobile workers and mobile devices, but also to the mobility of corporate data. An employee may upload a corporate presentation from his or her desktop PC to a cloud storage service, then access it from a personal iPad to show at a client site, for example.

Enterprise mobility can improve employee productivity, but it also creates security risks. Enterprise mobility management products, such as data loss prevention technologies, are available to help IT departments address these risks. A strong acceptable use policy for employees can also contribute to a successful enterprise mobility strategy.

This was last updated in December 2011

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I guess this is somewhat not an enterprise mobility but corporate data explosion in a public service which can be easily attacked: "The term refers not only to mobile workers and mobile devices, but also to the mobility of corporate data. An employee may upload a corporate presentation from his or her desktop PC to a cloud storage service, then access it from a personal iPad to show at a client site, for example."
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Enterprise mobility is what Internet was a couple of decades back for enterprise. It's about make sure that all the investments that an enterprise has done in IT over the years is accessible to employees wherever they are. And they are away from their desk most of the time in the modern work environment. Enterprise mobility needs to be looked as a base foundation of the enterprise's digital agenda. Both inwards looking, targeted at employees and external, targeted at enterprise's digital consumers.
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Enterprise mobility should be managed by the IT department to avoid confidential data being uploaded to unsecure cloud storage. Most important is to find a way to offer productive on-premises access to corporate resources to make sure that users access documents securely.
Therefor an enterprise mobility management solution is essential. It should cover the management of devices, users, content and applications.
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