According to a recent report by Gartner, over the next five years, 65 percent of enterprises will adopt a mobile device management (MDM) solution for their corporate liable users. It found that with the increased functionality of smartphones, and the increasing popularity of tablets, much of the network traffic and corporate data that was once the primary domain of enterprise PCs is now being shifted to mobile devices.
Phil Redman, research vice president at Gartner said, “The era of the PC has ended. Employees are becoming more mobile and looking for ways to still be connected wherever work needs to be done. The convenience and productivity gains that mobile devices bring are too tempting for most companies and their employees. Securing corporate data on mobile devices is a big challenge, but one that companies must embrace. Enterprises are struggling with how to support and secure this dynamic workforce.”
According to Gartner, through 2017, 90 percent of enterprises will have two or more mobile operating systems to support. through 2017, 90 percent of enterprises will have two or more mobile operating systems to support.
The report also found that, as one of the fastest-growing enterprise devices in the past 18 months, tablets are a further driving force for enterprises adopting MDM. Most companies and users are supporting the tablet for limited usage, typically for email and personal information management (PIM) functions. However, users are pushing for more enterprise applications to be supported on the tablet, usually through either enterprise or application provider development. As more of these native apps become available, and as remote access technology improves, more enterprise content will be stored on these devices. Users are already synchronizing corporate content into public clouds for later retrieval on the devices.
According to Gartner, mobile device proliferation is inevitable and the only way that IT staff can maintain control is by separating mobile computing devices into three distinct device classes: trusted standard devices provided by the company, tolerated devices and non-supported devices.
Mr. Redman said,”This is just the start for MDM. More data is being put on mobile devices, and enterprises are fast developing their own applications to support their mobile users. As mobile devices continue to displace traditional PCs, enterprises will look to their existing MDM systems to support more devices and enterprise applications and data.”