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Enterprise mobility management (EMM) is an all-encompassing approach to securing and enabling business workers' use of smartphones and tablets.

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Enterprise mobility management (EMM) is an all-encompassing approach to securing and enabling business workers' use of smartphones and tablets.

EMM typically involves some combination of mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM) and mobile information management. These three technologies all address specific concerns but do not provide complete solutions to the problems that enterprise mobility can cause or exacerbate. For example, MDM protects against unauthorized device access, but it's powerless if the intended user forwards an email containing sensitive data to an unsecure or malicious recipient.

There's more to enterprise mobility management than security, however. A strong EMM strategy will also help mobile end users work more productively by providing them new tools to do their jobs on smartphones and tablets. Enterprise app stores or other application delivery and deployment technologies are common components of EMM, as are identity management systems to control user access to these new tools.

As more organizations adopt enterprise mobility management, vendors have started to productize EMM, usually by adding MAM features to their MDM products or vice versa.

This was first published in April 2013

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