Questions to Ask When Choosing a New EMM Tool

Top 5 MDM Tools of 2016 Secure Enterprises Across GlobeMany organizations in the enterprise have been focusing on mobility and even more are allowing employees to work remotely. With this trend steadily growing in popularity, IT departments across the globe have been implementing Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) tools to secure corporate data. An EMM platform is able to monitor devices that hold vital documents and access to corporate networks. This type of tool is an integral cog in a corporation and is necessary for many. So what should you ask yourself and potential vendors when you’re looking to deploy a new tool? Here are a few ideas:

What do EMM platforms usually feature?

First, find out what typical EMM solutions normally feature. A well-rounded EMM tool will allow your IT department to manage mobile devices, wireless networks, and other mobile computing services. These types of platforms normally incorporate four components: mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), mobile content management (MCM) and unified endpoint management (UEM). Those components should be in sync and hold similar levels of security for the devices that employees are able to tap into.

What EMM solutions are out there now?

You’ll also want to take a look at the top players in the space, including VMWare AirWatch, MobileIron, Citrix XenMobile, and IBM MaaS360. Several large EMM providers were combined due to mergers and acquisitions, which ultimately made the market less saturated with vendors.

What about open source EMM tools?

Particularly if you have a small business, you may be interested in an open source EMM tool, which is a free, online mobile device management service with code that is easily edited. “For a more simplified device management setup, IT can try Apple Configurator 2, Google’s Android Device Manager or Miradore Online. If a company is looking for a customizable option to best fit its needs, the Sample iOS MDM server, WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager or Android SDK sample admin applications can provide more services,” according to TechTarget. Be aware that some sources are more open than others, meaning that the data is more susceptible to being compromised. Research each tool before using it in order to determine what is right for your business.

Where is EMM going?

It’s also important to know about future trends and where this space is headed. VDC Research estimated that 37 percent of organizations with more than 1,000 employees have implemented an EMM tool, TechTarget reported. The increased concern for security is considered one of the major growth factors in this space. In addition to this, UEM, a tool that enables IT to manage all the devices that are connected to a server, is expected to continue to grow in popularity.

And once you have the answers to these questions, download our Mobility Management Buyer’s Guide for additional questions to ask, vendor profiles, an overview of the market and more. 

Tess Hanna

Tess Hanna is an editor and writer at Solutions Review covering Backup and Disaster Recovery. She has a degree in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University. You can contact her at thanna@solutionsreview.com

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