A guide to Enterprise Mobility Management

Enterprise Mobility Management is designed to secure corporate data on employees' mobile devices. We outline how it could benefit your business...

Richard Weddle

18/02/2019

Enterprise Mobility Management, or “EMM” is a term that a lot of companies have grown more familiar with over the last decade or so. Statista shows that the enterprise mobility management environment has grown in size by millions of pounds over the last few years alone. What’s more, the trajectory of growth for this environment is expected to continue through 2021 and beyond.

Enterprise mobility management is a component of the ever-evolving campaign to secure today’s mobile workers. As employees continue to access more crucial content from smartphones and connected devices, EMM offers a set of essential services and technologies that businesses can use to secure corporate data for their employees. While EMM can manifest in a variety of ways, it often includes a suite of mobile management services and systems that protect intellectual property and specific processes that ensure data security.

The type of EMM solution that works best for any enterprise will depend on a number of things, including what the company’s mobile needs are. Some businesses need to focus on locking down an employees’ device completely when the staff member is out of the office. Other companies simply want to prevent employees from using specific apps.

Here’s your introduction to the growth of EMM solutions.

Where did Enterprise Mobility Management come from?

So, where exactly did EMM software come from?

The initial solutions for enterprise mobility management arose out of mobile device management software, or “MDM”. Mobile device management solutions focus on device-level security and control for business leaders. When Microsoft released Windows 10 in 2015, EMM providers began to move into the realm of endpoint management. This solution, otherwise known as UEM allowed IT to manage mobile devices and PCs on the same console.

The idea behind both EMM solutions and MDM is that companies want to make sure that they can keep data and devices safe in today’s flexible work environment. If a device goes missing or gets stolen, EMM software can reduce the impact on the company’s bottom line and reputation.

With EMM, featuring things like mobile application management tools (MAM), Mobile device management features, and Mobile content management, IT teams have complete control over their mobile network. It’s possible to delete information from a mobile device, restrict app usage, and even provision an entire new phone system for companies at a distance.

What is included in an EMM solution?

As the world of Enterprise mobility management tools continues to expand and evolve, there’s no longer a one-size-fits-all software solution on the market. Every company has it’s own selection of tools to offer, which is why it’s so difficult for companies to choose the right EMM offering. However, despite the differences between vendors, EMM often involves a combination of MDM, mobile application management, mobile content management, and identity access management. These technologies started life as individual products and evolved to become part of larger product suites.

MDM is often situated at the heart of most enterprise mobility suites. The solution relies on the combination of server software running in a corporate data centre, and an agent app. Administrators can use mobile device management consoles to set policies and manage settings for users. Additionally, the agents in the team can enforce these policies and configure settings by using APIs that work in mobile environments.

There are other components besides mobile device management involved in many EMM solutions today, however. For instance, mobile application management tools can offer a more granular layer of security, allowing administrators to set policies for a specific subset of applications, rather than for an entire device at once. Some apps also have specific APIs built-in, while others rely on the device-level APIs in major operating systems.

With MCM, approved applications may access or transmit corporate data, and identity access management solutions will control how workers have permission to use corporate data and apps, while offering some more user-friendly features too.

The evolution of EMM technology

The enterprise mobility management market emerged in part because of the growing demand for Bring Your Own Device programs in the workplace. However, companies have also long needed EMM tools to help manage their field workers and employees using phones and devices on-the-go. Going forward, EMM will be an important strategy for workforces and their people to benefit from the increasing opportunities that workforce mobility has to offer.

Going forward, EMM also has the potential to be a powerful tool in helping employees to accomplish more when they’re on the go. To learn more about the potential of enterprise mobility management, or mobile device management, reach out to Nice Network today!