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The workplace has changed. Your employees are enjoying rapid innovations in mobile technology and expecting to use their favorite device at work to get things done.

The technology you provide as a business owner is expected to be up to snuff. This can be problematic for many business owners. According to “The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Mobile Management” report, executives are adjusting to the mobile revolution in the workplace by adopting enterprise mobile management solutions (EMM).

So why adopt an EMM in your workplace?

EMM solutions are designed to protect and enhance your mobile technology strategy by establishing permissions and restrictions for employees who use their personal devices for work. An EMM can also enforce similar guidelines for contract and part-time employees, and evaluate new business applications for security issues.

According to Forrester, companies need four key components to expand access to vital corporate services beyond simply getting email on mobile devices. This includes:

Application management — To make sure the applications added on company mobile devices won’t harm your business, it’s essential to have an EMM that sets baselines for application security. EMM vendors should also provide application management capabilities like license management, application analytics and single sign-on.

Data and content management — Your employees need to access and share data quickly on mobile devices as they become more mobile themselves, increasingly working remotely. The right EMM vendor will help your company enforce data security and compliance concerns, even if employees choose popular consumer tools like Dropbox to store and share data.

Identity and authentication — Providing intelligent access control based on location, device, platform and employee is a must for adjusting your workforce to mobile technology. A good EMM solution will make this a user-friendly experience.

Network management and visibility — Corporate networks are expanding to make way for new cloud services and different types of devices. The right EMM will not only improve the data flow and security, but also manage network bandwidth, guest networks and load balancing.

How do you choose an EMM vendor?

Forrester used a 27-criteria evaluation to identify the 15 most significant enterprise mobile management vendors, listed below:

  • Absolute Software
  • AirWatch by VMWare
  • BlackBerry
  • Citrix
  • Good Technology
  • IBM
  • Kapersky Lab
  • LANDesk
  • McAfee
  • MobileIron
  • SAP
  • Sophos
  • Soti
  • Symantec
  • Trend Micro

To read the full report by Forrest, download it here.

What mobile technology gaps hamper data security, access and productivity in your organization today? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

About Tony Johnson

Innovative helps you balance your business requirements, service levels, staff and infrastructure to make your IT as effective as possible. Tony Johnson is Vice President of Operations at Innovative and has been helping clients optimize their IT spend and operations since 1983.

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