Maribel Lopez is the CEO and mobile market strategist for Lopez Research, a market research and strategy consulting firm that specializes in communications technologies with a heavy emphasis on the disruptive nature of mobile technologies. AT&T has sponsored the following blog post.
Telecom providers are reporting record sales for smartphones and tablets. AT&T added almost 500,000 mobile devices in the last quarter (excluding connected device). With such compelling devices bought on a daily basis by consumers, there are countless articles discussing the consumerization of IT. Bring your own device (BYOD) is a hot topic with every IT leader. While some are fighting the tide, most companies are wrestling with the question of how to support and manage a wide variety of devices that will include both corporate and employee-owned devices.
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Like the mobile device and application landscape, the mobile management landscape is also rapidly evolving. There are several components of mobility management, including mobile device management, mobile app management and mobile security. The number and depth of the components included in any solutions vary by vendor.
There are numerous vendors and several deployment mobiles including on-premise, full cloud and hybrid deployments. One overlooked approach to a company’s mobility woes is a cloud-based mobility management services. Cloud based mobility management can provide several benefits, including:
The cloud based management space is growing. Cloud mobility, like the on-premise MDM market, doesn’t have a standard set of feature across vendors. This means you’ll still have to evaluate which are the most important features for your company today. Are you looking for consistent device security? Are you looking for a more comprehensive suite with mobile application management capabilities? This should be part of your consideration for either an on premise or cloud-based solution.
In essence, cloud mobility management will allow IT departments to focus its resources on defining what business processes and applications need to be mobilized.
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