If you're struggling to manage mobile at work, you may need to look at all the ways that mobile has infiltrated the lives of your employees. It's no longer just about which device they use, but also about the types of apps they use.

Mobile App Management

Did you know that more than 200 million mobile workers are using mobile business apps? How many of those do you know about and how can you monitor their use? More and more companies are developing mobile app management strategies, which can provide governance, architecture design, application discovery and distribution, support and management, and protection guidelines for mobile application usage. 

Additionally, many companies are developing their own apps. To help mobile workers stay secure while being productive using their mobile devices, companies are deploying hybrid mobile apps, which run inside a native container, leverage the device’s browser engine to render the HTML and process the JavaScript locally, and are much cheaper than native apps to develop. 

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Mobile Device Management

For most companies, issuing a company-specific mobile device may not be realistic, especially as employees become savvy consumer mobile users. With more and more devices being used, from smartphones and tablets, companies are behooved to manage mobile devices alongside servers, desktops and laptops to ensure that security and governance polices are applied consistently across all endpoints with access to your network.  

Learning Opportunities

Mobile device management isn't just about monitoring access, it's about about risk management. Every 3.5 seconds, someone in America loses a cell phone. And more often than not, there's sensitive information that is at risk of falling int the wrong hands. For companies, that's enough to keep your CIO up at night. A mobile device management strategy can effectively put safeguards in places so information can be wiped before it can be accessed. 

Bring Your Own [Smartphone, Tablet, etc] 

Do you have a policy that outlines the dos and don'ts of using a personal mobile device for business purposes? The more educated employees are about how to use their devices, the better decisions they will make about which apps to use and what type of information to share. Also, by outlining the type of support you will be providing can help users when mistakes are made or devices go missing. 

Overall, managing mobile in the enterprise is not easy and there isn't a one-size fits all solution. Instead, your strategy much encompass all endpoints, apps and usage to ensure that employees stay productive and information stays secure.