Where the device hits the network – a mobile device management update

Enterprises have become much more mobile over the past decade. In fact, mobility has fast become a major priority, both in terms of customer and stakeholder engagement and also worker mobility.

According to a report by the Radicati Group, global revenues for the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market will total over $ 1.8bn by year-end 2017. This figure will grow to over $ 3.3bn by year-end 2021. This represents an average annual growth rate of 18% in the next four years.

The EMEA market for EMM software will grow from $ 565.8m in 2017 to $ 839.9m in 2021 at a CAGR of 8.2% according to analyst firm IDC (Enterprise mobility management software forecast, 2017–2021).

On the bring your own device (BYOD) front, Forrester Research reports that 70% of information workers use a smartphone at least weekly at work, with 49% choosing the device themselves as opposed to following a company-approved list or using a company-issued phone (Best practices for securing and empowering a mobile workforce).

To stay on top of your mobile strategy, organisations should be aware of a number of trends.

One of the most impactful trends in enterprise mobility management is the concept of device trust, which means providing a certificate of trust for the devices used, says Mike Paiko, director of enterprise mobility at Okta.

When a cloud app, such as Box or Google Suite, contains highly sensitive information, IT leaders need to ensure the device used to access that app is managed and meets the company’s security standards. These devices may include desktops, laptops, or mobile phones.  

Mobility management tool

Users have the opportunity to enrol their device into their mobility management tool, and once the device becomes “trusted”, the user will have access to the application. “This is a great security process to ensure users only use managed devices to access sensitive corporate apps,” he says.

Trust also plays a part in BYOD. The workforce is increasingly being their own devices, more so among third party contractors or other temporary workers. 

“Workers would probably prefer not to carry two phones; however, they still do because they are reluctant to have their employer access personal info,” says Mark Lorion, president and general manager at Apperian. Mobile device management (MDM) suppliers are responding to this with reversed enrolment flows, where a user can download the initial mobile portal without enrolling their device for control by their employer. “However, if the user wants access to corporate data, they will need to enrol their device in management,” he says.

Mobiles on the edge

One trend which is already showing signs of exerting real influence when it comes to mobile device management is edge computing, according to Neil Bramley, B2B client solutions business unit director of Northern Europe at Toshiba. This is especially so as mobiles generate evermore data.

“In an increasingly mobile professional landscape, the ability to process data at the edge of the network and close to its originating source is invaluable. By minimising the strain on cloud storage services, organisations can ensure faster operations through reduced latency, only sending the most relevant data to the cloud,” he says.

By spreading the load in this way, bottlenecks are greatly reduced, if not eliminated, while at the same time businesses can benefit from the additional advantages of improving their quality of service and reducing costs, adds Bramley.

The rise of IoT

One of the most important, yet least talked-about developments, in MDM is what is meant when talking about “devices”.

The rise of connected devices and the internet of things (IoT) might not, at first, seem relevant to IT managers for whom MDM means struggling to bring Shadow IT into the corporate fold. But connected devices present greater risks to organisations, not least because they are generally so poorly-secured, as seen with the Mirai attacks from last year onwards, says James Plouffe, lead solutions architect, at MobileIron.

“The challenge for MDM/EMM providers is twofold: first, to educate users about the risks of unsecured connected devices; and second, to integrate these devices into their existing MDM platforms and tools, so that IT managers have complete visibility of every machine that’s connecting to their corporate network,” he says

This is echoed by Suneil Sastri, director of product marketing at Soti. He says the reason device management has taken such a sharp evolution is that it is no longer just about obtaining information from a mobile device.

“Everything that can be connected will be connected. That’s the somewhat dog-eared maxim for the future of tech,” he says. “Currently, around 23 billion ‘things’ are currently connected to the world’s various communication networks and more are joining at breakneck speed. Mobile device management has advanced to encompass this innovation and companies must take advantage of this.”

Sastri says IoT brings new business challenges around scale, interoperability, security and the management of devices and endpoints.

“The adoption of IoT is set to continue, especially with industrial IoT devices. Businesses need to ensure they have a solid central platform to ensure they don’t become lost in a web of connected devices,” he says.

MDM and GDPR

In the near future, privacy and sensitivity around personal data and personally identifiable information (PII) will only continue to increase, as new regulations, such as GDPR, are passed and as consumers and the general public become more aware of how vulnerable their information is.

Lorian says an example of this would be the fallout from the September 2017 Equifax breach. “Organisations will need to take measures to only control what needs to be managed – just corporate data and just corporate assets. Typically, this will be achieved with approaches that do not require enrolling in device management, especially for personally owned devices.”

Organisations may also need to deploy tools that assist with data protection but also minimise data transferred to and held on the device. There will be a greater emphasis on mandating MDM to remove corporate data on a device if it is lost or stolen as well as using encryption to protect confidential data.

Rich Campagna, CEO at cloud and mobile security company Bitglass, says the mobile security space is ripe for innovation and we’ll likely see tools evolve to meet the needs and changes in IT. “One example is the ability to selectively wipe corporate information from a BYOD. From an employee privacy perspective, this means their phone is never at risk of having personal data removed without consent.”

Adapting to new trends

The latest trends in MDM are going to have an impact on enterprises and having a coherent security strategy is the single most important factor, says Plouffe. But, he adds, this is missing in so many user organisations.

“An effective security policy starts with organisations classifying their assets, identifying the risks to those assets, and defining their risk tolerance,” he says. “This will allow them to determine what risks they need to mitigate and which they may choose to accept. For example, part of this exercise may include detailing which devices are corporately owned and loaned to employees and what level of access each employee in the organisation is afforded.”

Paiko says there needs to be a balance between security and experience because if a user encounters too much friction accessing their apps, they’ll go around the security control, and ultimately will not realise the productivity benefits. He points to a recent Google report that highlights that 90% of smartphone users have used their phone to make progress toward a long-term goal or a multi-step process while “out and about”.

“Each of these ‘micro-moments’ lasts an average of 70 seconds, and these micro-moments are repeated dozens and dozens of times per day,” he says. “Without a great user experience, these highly productive micro-moments would not be possible.”

Broadening the scope of MDM

Today an employee can buy a smartphone, enrol it in MDM management, and be up and running with email and their corporate apps within 10 to 15 minutes – yet, they cannot get the same experience with a laptop, says Paiko. He adds that in the next 12-18 months, with Apple and Microsoft enhancing the MDM support in Mac OS X and Windows 10 respectively, more organisations will turn to MDM to manage third-party workers, such as contractors and business partners, and employee PCs.

“That said, with the current desktop OS MDM limitations and the existing need for group policies, it may take longer than 18 to 24 months for MDM to successfully manage the bulk of traditional PCs,” he says.

It is also important to note the consumerisation of IT is now driving what devices are being used in the enterprise. Perhaps the best way to keep ahead of the trends in MDM in the enterprise is to keep an eye one what consumers are buying today; they may well be bringing it into the enterprise tomorrow.

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Microsoft consolidates its mobile management tools under Azure

Microsoft has consolidated its Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite of products under its Azure portal, combining its Intune mobile application management tools and its Azure Active Directory (AD) and Information Protection under a single console.

The move offers a unified admin experience aimed at bolstering enterprise mobility management efforts.

Microsoft introduced the EMS suite in March 2014, targeting businesses with strong mobile and cloud-first strategies.

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Microsoft consolidates its mobile management tools under Azure

Microsoft has consolidated its Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite of products under its Azure portal, combining its Intune mobile application management tools and its Azure Active Directory (AD) and Information Protection under a single console.

The move offers a unified admin experience aimed at bolstering enterprise mobility management efforts.

Microsoft introduced the EMS suite in March 2014, targeting businesses with strong mobile and cloud-first strategies.

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Salesforce1 update will leave many mobile devices out in the cold

An upcoming update to the Salesforce1 mobile app will dramatically reduce the number of supported devices and effectively leave users of all but the latest and most popular devices out in the cold.

With its Winter ’17 release, due to arrive this October, Salesforce is dropping support for all Android phones except the Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, and S7 along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Google Nexus 5X, and Google Nexus 6P.

All Android tablets will be dropped as well, with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Samsung Tab A 9.7.

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Microsoft, losing the mobile race, see its future in the cloud

If mobile and cloud are the two key technology markets of the future, it’s good that Microsoft seems to have a handle on at least one of them.

When the company reported its quarterly financial results Thursday, something stuck out of its statistics: phone hardware revenue had dropped 58 percent year over year, something the company blamed on an “updated strategy.” 

It’s a nice little turn of phrase that belies Microsoft’s shift in focus away from operating Nokia’s devices business like the Finnish handset maker used to, with a wide range of phones. Instead, the company is building a leaner division that will only turn out a few different handsets. That leanness is meant literally: earlier this year, Microsoft cut the employment of 7,800 people, primarily in the phone hardware division. 

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MRIS Launches Mobile App Platform to Edit Real Estate Listings On-the-Go


Rockville, MD (PRWEB) June 18, 2015

MRIS, the industry-leading Mid-Atlantic Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that facilitates nearly $ 125 million a day in real estate transactions, today announced the official release of its MLS developed mobile app with the ability to edit real estate listings anywhere and anytime.

The MRIS Mobile App, available for both Apple and Android devices, allows real estate professionals to easily make important edits to their listings directly from their smartphones and tablets. For residential sale or rental listings already submitted to the MLS, real estate agents can update the most commonly edited fields including list price, status, internet remarks and expiration date. Through the app, MRIS customers will also have the ability to update, delete and replace listing photos.

“Today’s real estate professionals require access to the most advanced tools through mobile platforms in order to meet and exceed the needs of their clients,” said Andrew Strauch, Vice President of Product Innovation and Marketing at MRIS. “Through the MRIS Mobile app, agents can easily edit listing data right from their smartphones whether they are out of the office showing houses or meeting with clients.”

Agents may edit fields for any listing with “On Market” status, making it easier for agents to keep information up-to-date and in compliance in a more timely fashion. From the “My Active Homes” screen, listing agents can simply tap on a listing to view the editable fields for any of their available listings and touch the Edit icon to make changes.

“We are excited to bring a mobile solution to our customers that will allow them to improve their productivity and efficiency. MRIS Mobile will now let agents update their listings on the fly after contracts are signed, update their listing’s remarks to reflect recent changes to the property, and manage photo order and description,” added Strauch.

The MRIS Mobile App, which joins MRIS’s suite of mobile products including Homesnap Pro, ShowingTime, and Close It!, has an extremely intuitive interface with consistent functionality across all major platforms. The app is compatible with iPhone and iPad iOS version 7.0 and above and Android version 3.0 and above. To download the free MRIS Mobile App, visit the Google Play or Apple iTunes store or visit http://www.MRIS.com/MRISmobile for more information.

ABOUT MRIS

MRIS is a leading provider of real estate information technology and one of the nation’s leading multiple listing services (MLS), facilitating over $ 45 billion in system wide sales in 2014. The company supports over 45,000 real estate professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. MRIS provides its customers with a portfolio of best-in-class desktop, mobile and cloud-based technologies to improve the real estate transaction process for both real estate professionals and homebuyers and sellers. For more information, please visit MRIS.com or MRIShomes.com to search for thousands of available homes in the Mid-Atlantic region.






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The Additions And Renovations In The IPhone 4

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Video clip chat on the mobile gadget has long been an element in sci-fi stories, and it has now observed its summary of reality. When creating calls, customers can now choose the option to switch on their mobile phone’s inward dealing with camera in order to let other people see all of them while they talk. If the individual on the other finish possesses an identical device, each users may share in a superior quality video speak.

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A Telling Look At The New Apple White IPhone 4 Features

With so much technology available on the market today, it can be confusing when you are shopping for a new phone. There are many different types and styles. You can purchase anything from a clam shell design to a thin candy bar shaped phone. This article will look at the newest smart phone, the new white Apple iphone 4.

The new smart phones are small enough to carry everywhere, yet, seem to be able to do many functions that you find on your home computer. Everyday, more applications are released and you can do more and more things just by using your cell phone. Now you can check your bank account balance, order pizza, and book your plane ticket, all from a cell phone that seems to have it all.

There are thousands of apps, or applications that you can download and install on the new Apple smart phone. You can find an application for anything from travelling to cooking to money management. A person could never exhaust the available downloadable information for their iphone. New applications are made every single day. With their new system, you just tap the screen to download. It couldn’t be easier.

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The amount of things that you can do with the new phone is amazing. Some of the functions include a camera phone, text messaging, web browsing, and Wi-Fi connectivity. With its multi-touch screen, navigation couldn’t be easier. The virtual keyboard is fast and easy to use.

The iphone is superior to other phones on the market because of its display and user-friendly apps. Imagine just being able to touch an app to download it onto your phone. The beautiful and colourful screen display makes surfing the web fun and easy.

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Recent Releases For Blackberry Mobile Phones

In 1999, Canadian company Research In Motion created Blackberry, leading to Blackberry mobile phones being some of the most well-known in the world. Among the latest of a line of popular phones, there are the Smartphones which are the Torch, the Pearl, the Bold, the Curve, the Storm, the Style and the Tour.

Its all-in-one design may be one of the most attractive features of the Torch 9800. It includes a fast browser, an easy to use media player and a camera that will produce good quality photographs in a number of modes. Alongside these, it has an expansive memory with 8GB to use.

As a more compact option, there is the Style 9670, which offers a compact flip top and can be transported with ease. It also has a high quality camera, as well as Blackberry 6 OS and messenger, which supply a number of ways to communicate, which is, arguably, the most vital aspect of a phone.

For those who find small buttons hard to use, there is the Curve smart phone, which has a track pad and media keys which some may find easier to use. As all modern phones, it also has Wi-fi and Messenger for a variety of communication options. The Curve 8500 adds to this by giving you easier ways to share media, the Curve 8900 has a classic style and advanced graphics, and the Curve 8350i offers a press to talk mechanism as well as a large display for those who may have trouble using smaller phones.

The Pearl 3G smart phone offers easy typing, a long lasting battery and a style that many will find to be very elegant in appearance. Bold smart phones also have outstanding battery life, Blackberry 6 for ease of use, particularly when using applications, Wi-fi and Messenger.

For those travellers, there is the Tour 9630 as it has access and services anywhere in the world, as well as more media applications. The Storm smart phone might be good for those who have difficulty looking at the screen of a normal phone as it offers one that is larger than usual, as well as being simple to use. There are many deals regarding these phones and among them, a month of free airtime as well as free insurance is offered for your smart phone.

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