There are a lot of moving parts involved in enterprise mobility management, and it can be tough to know where to start.
There's no one-size-fits-all approach to enterprise mobility management (EMM), and many companies run into snags along the path to mobile enablement. But if you can build a solid strategy, set the appropriate policies, use the right technologies and plan for the challenges, your mobile initiative can succeed. Here's a refresher on the basics of EMM, plus tips and tricks to better enable employee mobility and advice on which road blocks to look out for.
Know the terms
1. Defining enterprise mobility management
Before jumping into the nitty gritty of enterprise mobility management, it's important to understand the terms that get tossed around. You may have heard of things such as MDM, MAM and identity management, but knowing the specifics around each facet of mobility management makes a difference when you're looking into which tools to buy or how to troubleshoot mobility issues down the line.
Get a handle on EMM
2. How-tos and helpful hints
There are lots of approaches to mobile enablement, but no matter what, you can't ignore the mobile devices that have made their way onto your network. You're going to have to find ways to support workers' devices, whether that means using MDM, MAM, MIM, a combination of the three, or a vendor tool that puts them all together for you.
What you're up against
3. Challenges of mobile enablement
Enabling employees' mobility is worth your time, but there can be a lot of bumps along the way. For one thing, the technology you use to manage users' devices and apps is always one step behind those devices and apps; it's almost impossible to come up with a perfect management tool before you know exactly what you'll be managing. Additionally, there are cost challenges and perception problems that can stand in the way of getting your mobility initiative up to speed.