What questions do you need to ask when evaluating enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions? With the number of mobile devices being deployed into corporate infrastructures, companies need a solid management solution in place to secure and protect those devices. Corporate mobile devices will use and store sensitive business data, and your enterprise must keep those devices and the data stored within locked down tight.
That’s where enterprise mobility management solutions come in. EMM solutions allow users to maintain control over their mobile devices from a single-pane management console. When your business is evaluating EMM solutions, it needs to ask these five questions to determine which EMM suite is right for its needs.
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What management solutions do I need in my EMM suite?
EMM suites evolved from mobile device management (MDM) tools, which focused specifically on securing mobile devices and preventing unauthorized users from accessing them. Modern EMM solutions will also include mobile application management (MAM) and mobile identity management (MIM). Your company needs to understand the specific solutions that you need to protect your mobile deployments. That way, you’ll know exactly what features you should look for when it examines EMM suites.
Can I just upgrade my MDM solution?
Many EMM vendors built their solutions off of their previously-existing MDM solutions, which you may have already deployed. While MDM tools aren’t necessarily enough to protect your enterprise’s mobile solutions, you should consider what your MDM vendor offers for enterprise mobility management.
What operating systems does an EMM solution support?
In order to properly manage and secure all your enterprise’s mobile devices, you need to ensure that your EMM solution can support every device in your infrastructure. While most EMM solutions are able to manage both iOS and Android devices, the solution your business chooses to deploy needs to handle all of your company-run devices. Your business should know which mobile operating systems it uses, and prospective EMM suites need to align with this.
How does the EMM solution help me maintain security?
At their core, EMM solutions allow your enterprise to deliver security policies and mandates to devices and applications from one centralized location. However, vendors will include other security capabilities that help businesses protect their mobile devices and solutions. Key security features to look for include remote device locking, device traffic monitoring, and data wiping.
Does my enterprise want a SaaS or on-premise deployment?
EMM vendors will either deploy their solutions as on-premise software or software as a service (SaaS). Depending on what your company’s software and cloud strategy is, you may not want a cloud-based EMM suite. When you investigate potential EMM solutions, you need to determine how the solution will be deployed.
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