Why Manage Enterprise Mobile Applications and Devices?

  • By Jonathan Marsh
  • 31 Aug, 2017

The ubiquity of mobile phones and tablets opens new possibilities for employee productivity – and new threats from uncontrolled access to networks and confidential data within your organization. Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) addresses both sides of the coin, enhancing both convenience and security for your workforce. WSO2 IoT Server and WSO2 Device Cloud offers a complete enterprise mobility management solution. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider WSO2’s EMM capabilities:


1. Boost productivity with enterprise mobile and application management

Allowing employees to use mobile tools, and developing mobile productivity tools specific to your organization, can lead to dramatic productivity and morale gains. A recent study by IDG concluded organizations that implemented technologies, such as EMM, to support mobile infrastructure reported around 50% increase in productivity and a 39% increase in employee morale. Take care of your employees by giving them modern mobile tools that allow them to perform their jobs efficiently and effectively.

Speed up the process of provisioning mobile devices for employees – either devices brought into the office by employees (Bring Your Own Device or BYOD) or corporate-owned devices distributed to employees (Corporate Owned Personally Enabled or COPE). After a simple enrollment procedure, the device settings can be set remotely and productivity applications appropriate to the user’s role can be automatically installed or updated. The costs of administering and supporting mobile tools drops.


2. Protect information assets

Studies have shown that almost two-thirds of smartphone owners used their personal devices for enterprise-related activities. For the organization, however, this introduces vulnerabilities to confidential information assets, such as the loss or theft of phones containing poorly protected confidential information, or enabling a channel for inadvertent or malicious data leaks. With a secure EMM solution, you can define a security policy that enforces basic security practices, such as passcode enforcement, blocking or deleting of mobile applications that present a threat, and sending messages directly to the user through the mobile device. Devices under management can be tracked to identify mobile activities that could put your confidential information at risk, such as call logs, messages of a suspicious nature, or devices entering or leaving a restricted area (geofencing).


3. Inform and interact right where you need it

Mobile management features apply just as well to devices that aren’t actually mobile, or have limited mobility. Many devices are associated with a fixed asset or location instead of with a mobile user. Examples include tablets or TV displays installed at a fixed location, kiosks, and handheld tablets that belong with a room or a piece of equipment. Android-based kiosk functionality (Corporate Owned, Single Use or COSU) allows such devices to be remotely managed and a single application installed and launched during boot time. Such a device introduces a new digital experience right in the context where the users need it most.


4. Beyond the phone

Increasingly, management and security features are needed beyond the mobile phone or kiosk – embedded tablet displays, wearables, IoT devices, laptops, and more. WSO2’s innovative platform combines features of Mobile Device Management, Mobile Application Management, and IoT Device Management to cover this spectrum. It seamlessly integrates with our digital transformation toolkit for integration, API management, identity and access management, and streaming analytics to lay down a solid foundation for bringing data and management from all your devices together in one place. That prepares you for transformation today and continuous innovation into the future.


5. In the cloud and open source

EMM capabilities for Android, iOS, and Windows devices can be deployed immediately using WSO2 Device Cloud. As a fully managed service, there are no servers to setup or configure. This is a great place to start and to scale. However, all EMM capabilities are available in the WSO2 IoT Server, which is available for free download under the Apache 2.0 license, one of the most business-friendly open source licenses available. Open source gives you the ability to install and manage the system yourself, customize it or extend it to meet unique requirements, and preserve your options long-term. With WSO2, you can migrate between WSO2 Device Cloud and on-premise WSO2 IoT Server as business or technical conditions change.