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Security remains top concern for enterprise mobility adoption

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.

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Roberta Prescott
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Editor, [email protected] Roberta Prescott is responsible for Latin America reporting news and analysis, interviewing key stakeholders. Roberta has worked as an IT and telecommunication journalist since March 2005, when she started as a reporter with InformationWeek Brasil magazine and its website IT Web. In July 2006, Prescott was promoted to be the editor-in-chief, and, beyond the magazine and website, was in charge for all ICT products, such as IT events and CIO awards. In mid-2010, she was promoted to the position of executive editor, with responsibility for all the editorial products and content of IT Mídia. Prescott has worked as a journalist since 1998 and has three journalism prizes. In 2009, she won, along with InformationWeek Brasil team, the press prize 11th Prêmio Imprensa Embratel. In 2008, she won the 7th Unisys Journalism Prize and in 2006 was the editor-in-chief when InformationWeek Brasil won the 20th media award Prêmio Veículos de Comunicação. She graduated in Journalism by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, has done specialization in journalism at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain, 2003) and Master in Journalism at IICS – Universidad de Navarra (Brazil, 2010) and MBA – Executive Education at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.

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