Before we talk about Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM), let us talk about what is Enterprise Mobility. In simple terms, enterprise mobility is a term used to describe a shift in work habits where more employees are working out of office and are using mobile devices and cloud services to manage their business tasks. While enterprise mobility can improve productivity and saves time, it comes with its own set of issues. And the biggest threat that arises due to enterprise mobility is the security risk to corporate data. Here is when the role of EMM comes into the picture.

What is Enterprise Mobile Management?

Enterprise Mobile Management, abbreviated as EMM is basically an approach to secure as well to enable the use of smart phones and tablets over wireless networks by business workers. Along with keeping the exchange and use of data safe and secure between mobile devices in the enterprise, a tactful EMM strategy can also help employees in being more productive.

Enhancing Productivity of Business Workers

A good EMM strategy can help in enhancing the productivity of business workers by equipping them with the right tools that can save time. These tools can help the workers in performing work related tasks on their mobile devices and save a lot of their time.

The Major components of EMM technology

EMM is an approach used to keep the use of mobile devices in an enterprise secure and easy. An EMM strategy typically involves a combination of three technologies. These three major technologies are:

  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) that focuses on locking down mobile devices.

  • Mobile Application Management (MAM) that focuses on controlling which users can access which applications.

  • Mobile Information Management (MIM) that focuses on allowing only approved applications to access corporate data or transmits it.

These three technologies when synced and used together tactfully, they can solve all issues that arise due to enterprise mobility in a company. But, even a little error in even one of them can cause enterprise mobility issues or make them worse. This is why the real challenge lies in managing all three concerns with minimal overhead.

Examples of EMM products

With the increase in number of organizations that are adopting enterprise mobility management, people have started to transform EMM approach into EMM products. These products help in dealing with all the enterprise mobility issues of a company and let all business workers use their mobile devices for work related tasks in a safe and secure manner. The EMM products are often created using MAM or MIM features that are then added to the MDM products. Also, any enterprise app store or any other application delivery and deployment technology used is also a component of am EMM product.

Best Practices for EMM

There is no fixed approach to enterprise mobility management (EMM). You have to find your way out to a solid EMM strategy by trying out the use of MDM, MAM, MIM, a combination of the three or a vendor tool. It all depends on what works the best for your enterprise.