Mobile device management, mobile app management (MAM), container-based apps, mobile virtualization, mobile backend as a service (MbaaS), network access control (NAC) and software-defined networking (SDN) are some of the various approaches that companies are using to manage fast-paced mobility adoption, according to a new report by 451 Research.
Security is still the number one concern, said Chris Hazelton, research director at 451 Research, during a video interview with RCR Wireless News. He also talked about the developing methods for managing mobile devices in enterprises, defining their role and mapping out ranges of control.
In addition, with the increase of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend and corporate mobility strategies, IT organizations need to understand many different kinds of technologies and how they work.
While these technologies are somewhat easy to define, vendors that provide these tools are changing rapidly and looking to expand capabilities. The report also notes that MDM vendors are appropriating the capabilities of MAM vendors, just as MAM vendors are adding critical MDM capabilities to their own offerings.
“There are a number of different strategies for managing mobile devices,” Hazelton said. “This is an area where there is a high focus by IT, and there are a number of different strategies, so we wanted to create maps to provide guidance as to when and where these technologies should be implemented.”
Most company IT departments struggle with budget constraints. IT teams need to evaluate and choose what kind of solution to use and what to address first. “IT organizations need to self-identify where they are not only in terms of budget but also what their mindset is and what their goal as an organization is,” Hazelton said.