84% of Companies Will Deploy MDM by 2014 — Will You?

The importance of a mobility strategy that addresses a diverse device population and an increasingly mobile workforce continues to rise. In fact, 69 percent of companies now use a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model for some — or all — of their mobile devices, according to Nemertes Research. The popularity of BYOD and similar employee-chosen, corporate-owned mobility models is testament to the value of empowering employees. We are witnessing evolving worker device and work style preferences as iOS and Android-powered tablets, smartphones, and netbooks enable employees to work anywhere, anytime.

When employees bring these devices into work, most expect they’ll have corporate access on par with traditional PCs. Newer, more powerful, app- and ecosystem-centric devices have trumped the older BlackBerry model of mobility, requiring companies to shift accordingly. This shift requires a proactive approach by IT departments. When it comes to BYOD, IT is learning that implementing a purchasing model alone isn’t sufficient. Significant labor is required from all vested parties. BYOD – like many technology philosophies – can prove to be either fortunate or disastrous.

IT muscle helps drive BYOD

The success of BYOD-driven mobility initiatives is a function of the legwork IT puts into securing and leveraging these devices using technologies like mobile device management (MDM), secure document sharing (SDS), app development projects, and mobile application management (MAM). Integrating these supporting technologies also requires redesigning business processes to fit new capabilities and requirements. Companies get out of BYOD what they put into it. Take a look at the latest mobility enablement use cases.

For employees to flourish with their new device choices, IT must tackle supporting infrastructure with vigor, and with an understanding that these devices are consumer-oriented. Eighty-four percent of companies expect to have deployed an MDM solution by the end of 2014. Growing telecommuting and “wireless-only” workforces are driving organizations to bolster existing virtual desktop efforts and VPNs to extend secure apps, documents, and content for remote workers.

Enterprises are also setting the stage for WLAN as their primary network technology. Companies plan 81 percent growth in WLAN capacity through the end of 2013, with 73.5 percent of that being provisioned for mobile devices. Some are also using MDM solutions that integrate with WLAN or “Network-based MDM” (NMDM).

With today’s workforce looking for new and evolving ways to interact with information, this new wave of mobile devices delivers anytime, anywhere access to apps and documents. The business will depend on IT to support, secure, and manage this transition to make it successful for all.

How is your IT department managing the changing mobile landscape? Do you have an MDM solution in place to manage BYOD and emerging trends?


Philip Clarke is a widely regarded expert on mobility and is Research Analyst with Nemertes Research where he researches wireless and mobility trends that affect the enterprise. He has written this guest post for the Networking Exchange Blog.

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