Enterprise mobility management could be driven by apps and content

Enterprise mobility management could be driven by apps and content

Mobile working has undoubtedly become the norm for many businesses, with just as many seemingly struggling to find the best way of managing their devices, which are often either deployed by a firm's IT department or part of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program.

A mobile device management (MDM) platform often proves useful and indeed does play a key part in keeping sensitive data secure.

However the protection for devices is only one part of a successful solution.

Many businesses are beginning to see the value in managing apps, content and user identities as part of a rising level of sophistication in their company's operations, partially driven by new-fangled trends such as wearable technology and the internet of things.

The importance of having a broader approach to mobile security is one of the key points of an annual report from Gartner.

In its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, it stated: “As this trend matures, the need for application-level controls and reporting along with the ability to deliver and consume a growing number of content types is at the heart of many mobile strategies."

It means that IT departments need to not only keep an eye on what devices are connecting to a company's system, but also whether the apps used are fitting in with corporate policies.

“As a single point of policy and accountability, EMM provides the opportunity to avoid agent bloat, which is so often seen on PCs, where an endless parade of add-on utilities steal local resources, duplicate, and complicate the task of policy coordination for system administrators,” the report added.