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Shifting Attitudes towards Enterprise Mobility


As we know, in many companies employees use different devices to get the same job done.  Mobile devices  such as phones and pads find their way into use and access of enterprise information.  What has been the attitude so far towards use of mobile by employees in business processes? Practically Nil.  It has been about one single universal secular need i.e. to access company emails and calendar. Based on this attitude, Enterprise Mobility so far has meant “locking down” employee phones and controlling their devices with device management software to make sure only authenticated employees get access and after they do wipe the device if in case they depart from company.  So at the start of the well documented BYOD trend, many companies’ IT departments’ main concern was about security of access and protection of information leading to more mobile device control. It was not about enhancing the benefits of a global, always connected, on any device kind of economy.  It was all about limiting intended and imagined damage.

With this pervasive attitude, Industry has seen growth and increase in enterprise wide mobile device management, or enterprise mobility management (EEM) as it is called.  However there is  a shift in what constitutes enterprise mobility within companies today.  There are questions that limiting damage has gone too far.  Questions arising are “Why not take advantage of its benefits of improving worker smarts and improving productivity?”  The perceived benefits that enterprise mobility can bring with smarter apps making smarter workers is rapidly changing attitudes.  For example, mobile sales apps that are location sensitive, context sensitive, providing for a richer optimized experience on any device makes sales CRM software a delight instead of an administrative chore on laptops.  Further allowing the user modify the workflow to include more real time access for e.g. social networks, social collaboration and cloud storage and other workflow/functions on the cloud makes the experience richer and powerful.

These shifting attitudes towards Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) have pushed enterprise IT departments to consider building work applications for access any-time any-where and on any device. Smart CIOs have realized that, along with PCs, mobile devices are becoming very much a part of the enterprise technology and are exploring more options when it comes to managing data, services and users, rather than controlling the device itself.

For enterprises  security will always be a priority, however mature companies are now recognizing the mobile device as a primary platform and are beginning to concentrate on enterprise productivity through the creation of newer enterprise mobile apps that result in rich optimized mobile experience through cloud based middle-ware platforms. In other words, instead of trying to control the device by turning off features, IT professionals are starting to think how to implant more features, such as work apps in order to provide their employees with the best tools at work.

As companies concentrate more on mobile productivity and less on the device itself, mobilizing enterprise applications is becoming a must for companies that don’t want to fall behind.  This is where MoNimbus promises to play its part of accelerating the mobile enterprise with a complete cloud based stack for end to mobile experience.