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Feb 12, 2013

Top 5 Enterprise Mobility Management Scalability Considerations

Whether your company buys or builds mobile apps for your business – or utilizes a hybrid model – it’s critical to be able to authenticate, deploy, secure, and manage those applications effectively. Employees require the flexibility to do their jobs and access mobile apps from a variety of locations (e.g. office, home, offsite). But in order to provide end users with that level of agility, organizations need to ensure that they have the scalability to support employees successfully. Here, we examine the top five enterprise mobility management scalability issues:

  1. Identify and set the parameters for workplace network coverage. Employees require access to workplace wireless networks as well as access to enterprise mobility apps. Providing employees with remote access to business-critical mobile apps while ensuring network security within designated workplace boundaries using authentication techniques will help foster employee engagement and enable greater productivity.
  2. Ensuring data, device, and OS support for a variety of systems. Scalability doesn’t just apply to network coverage and mobile architectures. Employees want the freedom to use various types of mobile devices and operating systems (e.g. iPhones, iPads, Androids, Blackberries, etc.) IT must balance the needs of employees to support diverse mobile operating systems and hardware with the resource capabilities and IT support skillsets that are available.
  3. Establishing a secure architecture. Deploying a scalable and protected mobile network environment can enable IT to manage thousands of mobile devices – including smartphones, tablets, and laptops – across geographically-dispersed locations.
  4. Ability to identify, tag, and assign usage policies to both employee-owned and business-provided smartphones and tablets. Highly-scalable mobile networks and architectures allow IT to orchestrate its mobile governance and usage procedures more easily and dynamically across the enterprise.
  5. Enforcing mobile usage compliance. Scalability also provides IT with greater capabilities to monitor, track, and manage compliance with corporate mobile usage policies. This includes observance of how, when, and where certain types of enterprise mobility apps and sensitive data is permitted to be accessed and utilized. Providing IT with greater mobile enforcement abilities enables the enterprise to not only better secure guarded data assets, it also strengthens risk management.

Mark Lorion

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