Author: Jim Lundy                                                          Date: October 15, 2014
Topic: Mobile                                                       Research Note Number: 2014-41

Issue: Who are the vendors that are battling to lead the mobile computing revolution?

Summary: Mobile devices are changing the way content is accessed, shared and managed. Aragon Research introduces its first Globe for mobile content management and evaluates 19 major MCM providers.

Mobile Content Management Is Here

Content management is at a crossroads. More content is being accessed and shared on mobile devices than ever before. There has been a lot of focus on sharing files, but mobile content management (MCM) goes further to look at the spectrum of content and how it can be managed in the cloud, on mobile devices and in some cases on-premise. This means that it goes beyond file sync and sharing.

A growing trend is the shift toward being able to manage mobile content as well as mobile devices and mobile apps. Managing critical content outside of repositories is what MCM is all about. While there are still many standalone MCM providers, increasingly, we see EMM providers beefing up this part of the suite in a big way. Given the huge growth we expect as tablets become more widely used in enterprises is the need to manage content that is part of a mobile worker’s job.

Mobile security is a top priority in gaining managed control over smartphones and tablets in business, whether the devices are company-owned or BYOD. Content stored on those devices is a critical exposure, and protecting the intellectual property of the business demands a mobile content strategy. Although newer smartphones with modern OSs have device-level encryption to protect content, significantly more is needed to protect sensitive documents and valuable corporate intellectual property.

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