The proliferation of mobile devices has become so ubiquitous that the phrase “mobile first” will be soon the verge of being toppled by “mobile only”. Definitely, it won’t happen all at once but 2016 can become the tipping point for this to actualize.
The passing year has seen a plethora of discussion around well all rounded management strategies. There has been myriad new devices and better acquisitions.
Trend 1: Security
Mobile device security is one of the major concerns hindering the implementation of enterprise mobility. Bring your own device (BYOD) policies are widespread and it gives the employees familiar experience and thereby increases productivity. But for that, enterprises need to put on a strict security check on the devices that interact with corporate data and networks. Organizations need to attain that delicate balance to allow employees freedom to access corporate data coupled with tight security. The desktop that we use in our organizations more than a tool is an experience that fits the moment. Though the main concern for majority organizations would be now beefing up the architecture in a manner that it lays the main focus on securing the information in contrary to securing devices. And in addition to the concept of Internet of Things, enterprise mobility is a much more risk-added factor. So a special attention on security is needed to actualize enterprise mobility.
Trend 2: Manageability
MDM or mobile device management software will continue to be an imperative part of every mobile strategy. No matter whether the enterprise wants to migrate to a new system and experience the added advantages of consolidated features or stick to their existing system they will definitely go for an MDM software. The enterprises would look forward to niche MDM providers like SOTI, MobileIron along with bigger players namely Microsoft, Citrix, SAP, etc.
Trend 3: Application development and distribution
According to analyst report from 451 Research –
“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.”
The mobile first paradigm is gaining momentum. This push portrays that the companies are weighing their options across various factors like cross platform development, web app, third party app development, etc. After opting for app development, decisions to take care of the app distribution and management has also got to be considered a part of a mobility strategy. The enterprises will also need to take a call if they will use their MDM platform or cater to other third party tools to manage their app delivery. However, on the contrary, many experts behold the view that the notion of “apps” is going to falter. Because it takes a lot of time and resource and definitely cost an arm and a leg to develop one, so there will be a major refocusing on quick and inexpensive apps.
Trend 4: Threat Management
As more and more enterprises shift to adopt enterprise mobility, the vulnerabilities increases. So they have to be more prepared to foresee and assess the threats like malware, viruses, intrusions, etc that is applicable to the mobile operating systems they are catering to currently. Giving email access to employees on the phone is one thing but company processing credit card transactions via mobile device is on yet another level. So with such higher level of risk, it is always an exquisite idea to review the enterprise security at the data, device, network and application levels on a regular basis, whether in cloud or onpremise, a hardware or software concern. Enterprises partner with Zimperium,Veracode, Wandera, and Lookout, etc each one offers a set of capabilities to help combat threats to a company’s mobile environment.
We do understand now that it is impossible for any enterprise to stay ahead in all sort of mobile strategy challenges such as device selection, logistics, security, threat management, and so on. A lot of organizations tend to engage with one or more partners to handle these activities. It is high time for you to update your enterprise mobility environment to magnify the efficiency and boost the security.
References: searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com, enterprisemobile.com, neudesic.com