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6 Factors to Consider Before Deploying Enterprise Mobility Management

Ray Parker

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The use of mobiles, tablets, and laptops have become the norm in the traditional workplace setting. Employees and employers are well aware of the fact how these devices will help them communicate and keep them intact. In fact, mobility has affected our lives whether it is related to workplace or some common everyday chores.

For this reason, the majority of enterprises have realized the importance of mobility and the way it will affect the workplace. It is estimated that 61% of enterprise workers work outside the premises at least part of the time and have more than three devices used on daily basis for work activities.

Moreover, it is believed that approximately 20 billion devices will be connected to the web by the year 2020.

The global enterprise mobility market will be worth as much as $140 billion by 2020.

Enterprise mobility management involves all the people, processes and technologies that are connected through wireless networks and managing mobile devices in a business context. There is always a way to adopt something new whether on a larger scale or individual level- same goes for enterprise mobility. You have to get through this guide to know every aspect you have to consider in order to implement enterprise mobility in your organization.

Buy New Devices or BYOD

Before opting out for enterprise mobility, make sure to decide whether you want to go for Bring Your Own Device policy in your organization or you would be buying new devices for them to be using for the work purpose. Few of the businesses allows technicians to bring their own device while others prefer to have a device within the organization. Make sure to define the policy and implement enterprise mobility successfully.

If you are allowing employees to use their own devices, it might save you the cost of purchasing equipment. However, the security issues will need to be considered and mobile device management policy should be implemented.

 

Mobile Device Management Policy

Mobile Device Management policy is the next big thing to consider. You have to find out how you are going to manage Windows, iOS, and Android on different devices using Enterprise Apps. MDM policy should be implemented after careful planning and strict regulation so that everyone in the organization is on the same page.

The biggest challenge is to detach corporate data from personal data in a personal device. Make sure that your corporate data is safe and secure without disturbing the privacy of the end user.

Moreover, in case of loss or theft of device with sensitive data and corporate secrets stored, EMM solution allows tracking of the device, wipe the data or lock it. The same goes for when the employee leaves the company and is no longer permitted to access the data.

Cost and ROI  

Deploying Enterprise Mobility in your organization comes with multi-faceted cost such as the cost of an enterprise application, maintenance, cost of downtime, subscription and acquiring devices. The sum of all these elements is known as Total Cost of Ownership.

The total cost of ownership should not exceed budget and return on investment should also be maximum. If you are spending money to reap benefits and reduce the cost of operations, make sure to estimate the ROI before spending recklessly.

Scalability and Customization

Every organization has different sets of requirements when it comes to Mobile Device Management. Ideal enterprise mobility solution is customizable according to the increasing demand of the enterprise.

Mobile device management should support a wide range of uses and features, through a suite of widgets, graduated payment plans or apps. Moreover, it should be scalable to adjust the needs of the organization as it grows.

The key factors taken into consideration for the scalability of the solutions are:

         Support maximum users

         Group of users including customers, partners, and employees

         Supported devices including smartphones and tablets

         Operating system including iOS, Windows, Android, and Blackberry should be supported

         Emerging trends including AR and VR solutions

The enterprise must take long term and short-term mobility needs and spend in a scalable solution.

Security of Mobile Apps

40% of large companies do not secure the mobile applications adequately which they build for their customers.

Organizations are always on the brink of being hacked and lose their important data. When it comes to Enterprise Mobility Management, employees are at the risk of data being exposed and accessed by the company. On the other hand, the organization is worried about their confidential data being stored on employee device, which can be easily misplaced.

For this reason, companies have to choose a mobility solution that addresses the security concerns including device level security, identity management, data level security and end-to-end encryption. Before deploying EMM in your organization, make sure you have considered the security offered by the solution provider.

User Experience

64% of employees site poor user experience as the reason for rarely using enterprise mobile apps. Mobile devices behave differently than desktop devices and come with certain limitations. It includes smaller screen size, limited power backup, and change in network connectivity. Enterprise Mobility App developers must keep users in mind to offer a smooth and easy user experience for flawless operation.

Conclusion

Technology has made it tough for organizations to compete with the ever-growing competition. Today’s organization culture demands high productivity, low-cost, and improved customer and employees’ interaction.

Whether you are multi-million dollar organization or a startup entrepreneur, you need to analyze the current business environment, your budget and your need before deploying EMM. In case, you are not sure what is ideal for your organization, you can consult EMM solution provider.

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