Leading a Successful Enterprise Mobility Management Strategy
CEOs and other senior business leaders at a number of enterprises are undoubtedly both thrilled and frightened by the growth of mobile technology in the workplace.
Smartphones and tablets enable workers to be more collaborative and, in many cases, more productive. They enable access to data and business applications from a variety of locations. Great mobility can mean faster response to market changes and improved customer service.
Those benefits, in turn, can help boost the bottom line, something every business executive wants to see.
The questions a good enterprise mobility management plan helps you ask.
On the other hand, mobile devices can pose a number of challenges for organizations. That’s where Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) comes in. As this Information Week article explains, it “provides companies with a way to control how smartphones and tablets interact with enterprise infrastructure,” helping you ask the right questions to make sure corporate information stays safe.
How can managers be sure the devices and mobile data are secure and in compliance with regulations? Which applications do mobile users need, and are they being delivering quickly enough? How can IT keep up with the various mobile platforms? What procedures need to be in place for a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program?
These are just a few of the issues companies face when looking at a mobility strategy. And these and other questions are sure to be asked by members of the board of directors, especially at enterprises in heavily regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services. EMM expected to generate 2.1 billion in U.S. dollars next year, according to The Radicati Group. That number is predicted to more than double by 2020.
EMM improves from the top down.
The challenges of mobility are all the more daunting for enterprises that have thousands of end-users scattered around the world. It’s important for business leaders to remember enterprise mobility management and security are not just IT issues. It’s up to line-of-business leaders and even the highest levels of management to make sure the company is doing everything possible to maximize mobile technology while also keeping it secure.
Unfortunately, a Ponemon Institute survey found 50% of respondents stated lack of governance and control processes were the largest breakdown in being able to lessen breaches.
The solution: Appointing a high-level security council fills the gap in the ability to stop endpoint threats.
According to an August 2015 Ponemon Institute survey sponsored by Hewlett-Packard (HP Enterprise Security), most U.S. companies (52%) formed a senior-level security council as an action plan for enterprise mobility management governance.
Our new whitepaper, “Managing and Securing Enterprise Mobility,” from Insight covers many of the challenges enterprises face with mobility and provides some early steps companies can take, including choosing a good partner to help find the best solutions for managing a mobile environment.