Enterprise mobile management's evolution

Last updated:July 2013

Editor's note

BYOD and mobile device management dominate the enterprise mobile headlines these days, but in the future they will merely be parts of a larger discussion.

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend has forced business leaders, CIOs and IT professionals to reexamine their approach to smartphone and tablet use in their organizations. With security concerns and control issues fresh in their minds, mobile device management (MDM) is a natural response. Over time, as mobile application management (MAM) and mobile information management (MIM) technologies mature, they will offer additional ways to enable secure enterprise mobility.

1How BYOD fits in

The term bring your own device has two meanings. In general, it refers to the trend of employees using their personal smartphones and tablets for work tasks. This trend is happening everywhere, with or without IT approval. But BYOD can also refer to an employer-approved program that allows IT to manage, secure and enable productivity on personally owned devices. There's a lot of hype around this approach, and although much of it is warranted, there are plenty of problems just waiting to pop up.

2The future of enterprise mobile management

BYOD and MDM are the basic issues and technologies organizations deal with as they adopt mobility. After getting a handle on cost, management and security, it's time to really reap the benefits of smartphones and tablets. Enterprise mobility management (EMM) involves MDM and other security measures, but it's more about enabling mobile workers by giving them the tools they need to do their jobs better.

3Mobile data security quiz

Security is at the heart of all enterprise mobile initiatives, from BYOD and MDM to more advanced projects. Test your knowledge and get additional resources to beef up your organization's mobile data security.