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Enterprise wearables have a long way to go
Wearable devices have generated a lot of hype, but they still aren't ready for the enterprise. The reason: These devices still need better apps to make them valuable for business users. The cover story in this issue of Modern Mobility explores the state of enterprise wearables, assesses potential use cases and looks at the security challenges that still remain.
In a brand new column this month, analyst Maribel Lopez explains why IT shops need to take business objectives into account when planning mobile initiatives. Device Spotlight features Microsoft's foray into the laptop market with the Surface Book, and our Trending article digs into the latest on biometric authentication. And in this month's Q&A, end-user computing expert Matt Kosht explains why virtual mobile infrastructure and application refactoring are still niche technologies.
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Features in this issue
Biometric authentication will be the future of mobile security. New software can already recognize an individual's face or voice -- and DNA could be next.
Not many products fulfill the promise of unified endpoint management today, but many are working towards that goal.
A successful mobile initiative requires changes to core business process -- an obstacle that's hard, but not impossible, to overcome.
Microsoft's Surface Book is a high-end 2-in-1 PC, with a price tag to match. Enterprise buyers can find suitable devices for significantly less money.
Refactoring, virtualization and other enterprise application delivery methods have a tough hill to climb in the age of Web and native mobile apps.
News in this issue
Despite plenty of potential use cases, enterprise wearables won't come to fruition unless vendors can produce the kind of business apps users want on these devices.
Columns in this issue
Web apps are great for mass amounts of users, or employees that don't have a lot of storage space on their personal devices. But you won't get native application capabilities for the most part.
Going forward, EMM vendors need to work more closely with partners and manufacturers to improve their offerings. Support for more devices will also be on the docket in the coming years.