MSP Today Expert Feature
November 20, 2013

Mobility Management Secures Another Entrant

According to Mformation (News - Alert) Software Technologies, some 80 percent of all enterprise BYOD is unmanaged.

This is exactly the sort of problem mobile device management (MDM) was meant to solve. Mformation, however, uses a slightly different term to describe its latest tool – enterprise mobility management or EMM. As if that wasn’t confusing enough, when MDM is offered as a service, Gartner (News - Alert) calls it mobility management services (MMS).

Mformation’s latest is Enterprise Mobility Manager, a SaaS-based tool to manage mobile devices and their content.

One partner is using the tool to serve the fast moving aviation market: “It is ideally suited for the needs of our demanding aviation clients and aligns nicely with our FlyDesk mobile platform and our unique service model that will help airlines recognize cost savings and benefits without a large capital investment,” said Brian Mooney, CEO, Allegiant System.

The EMM tool was initially built for service providers, and has been proven to scale to meet the needs of this high volume demanding market.

“Mformation has taken our proven mobile device management platform, currently being used by mobile carriers to secure and manage more than half a billion mobile devices around the globe, and applied it to the problems facing the enterprise. The result is a robust, flexible EMM solution that is cost effective for any enterprise, whether they have a few mobile users or hundreds of thousands,” said Hamish Caldwell, general manager, Mformation Enterprise Mobility Management Division.


Why MDM Matters


Mobile security and control is critical in this age of BYOD. A survey by GFI in the UK found that a full 100 percent of the 1,000 workers questioned use public WiFi (News - Alert) to get work done, possibly exposing corporate information to prying eyes. “Furthermore, 20 percent of mobile devices have no security enabled; while just 5 percent indicate that they have corporate security policies enforced on their devices,” GFI cautioned.

Meanwhile, according to Forrester (News - Alert), some 37 percent of U.S. information workers in the U.S. already use their own devices – without corporate permission. 

Forrester also argues that by 2016, 200 million people will bring their own devices to their companies.

IDC (News - Alert) also covers this market and is particularly interested in the intersection of MDM and mobile application management (MAM): “In recognition of the growing convergence between the mobile device management  (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) markets, IDC is now producing an annual forecast and analysis document that combines the two markets into a new market called mobile enterprise management (MEM) software,” IDC explained.

Two years ago the global MEM software revenue was $444.6 million. This market is projected to grow at 31.8 percent and hit $1.8 billion in 2016. 

Edited by Blaise McNamee