A Mobile Management Taxonomy

Author: Mike Anderson
Date: July 20, 2012
Topic: Workplace
Research Note Number: 2012-23

Issue: What are the best practices for harnessing the power of mobile computing?

Summary: Enterprise mobile management is a holistic and integrated approach to managing mobility that is emerging from siloed management tools. This taxonomy of terms and capabilities will provide meaning and context as market shifts unfold places significant pressure on enterprises to take action.

The rapid growth of mobility in enterprises, the proliferation of devices and the expanding role of BYOD (bring-your-own-device) require broad IT management attention. Enterprise needs are moving rapidly beyond an isolated focus on devices, apps or expense management, to require a holistic approach that Aragon calls enterprise mobile management (EMM).

EMM embodies a comprehensive, holistic and integrated approach to enabling and managing all aspects of mobility. Beyond a focus on securing devices or managing apps, EMM recognizes the strategic shift in computing paradigms that the mobile phenomenon represents. EMM addresses the mobile ecosystem of users, network, business data and applications.

Beneath the emerging EMM concept is a wide range of mobile management products. Mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM) and enterprise app stores (EAS) are three of the most significant. This taxonomy provides an overall perspective on the essentials of understanding them.

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