The introduction of the smartphone revolutionized the way we work as it allowed employees to be more productive on the go than ever before. However, it also introduced another layer of complications in securing corporate data. Prior to the smartphone, company data was stored on company computers which were under full control of IT. As more and more employees adopted smartphones and incorporate them into their everyday lives, their desire to use mobile devices for work increased. Companies have since been trying to find the right balance between unleashing mobile productivity and securing critical company data.
The early solution was Mobile Device Management (MDM), which allowed IT departments to control mobile devices within their network. MDM gave companies a limited amount of control over employee devices, including locking the devices or wiping their data. However, it was limited in its ability to monitor the content on the phones or distribute applications and updates across the network. While this was a good first step, companies ultimately required additional levels of control to truly feel confident that their information was secure on employees personal devices.
This has led to the evolution of pure-play MDM players into complete Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) suites. EMM took MDM solutions to the next level by not only allowing companies to lock and wipe devices, but also giving them a full spectrum of tools to control how applications and data were used on devices. EMM also includes analytical tools to evaluate device usage. It's currently the dominant strategy for companies looking to allow their employees to use their preferred device while still protecting company data.
Today’s leading players in the market are Citrix with its XenMobile suite, VMWare’s Airwatch, Good, and MobileIron. These offer security and location services, browsing and content management, mobile application management, and total expense management, giving companies one comprehensive solution to secure mobile devices.
However, while EMM solutions offer a significant advantage over MDM they are still lacking in one critical area: communication.
Current EMM providers offer secure mobile email or in some cases ported enterprise messaging (such as Lync), but emails are often ignored and ported applications are buggy and lead to a poor user experience. In order to address the complete spectrum of enterprise mobility it's critical for businesses to compliment their EMM solution with secure enterprise messaging. This combination provides employees with the mobile efficiency that comes from messaging, while still being confident that their data is secure. Only with the two vital aspects of communication and security answered can companies claim to have a complete mobility strategy.
Enhancing employee communication and productivity has always been Lua’s goal. That is why we felt it was important to make Lua easily available through the leading EMM suites. And who better to begin this journey with than Citrix, the leading vendor in enterprise productivity tools? Verifying our Citrix XenMobile compatibility means that organizations using XenMobile can easily administer Lua as a managed app across the enterprise and give their employees the communication edge they need to maximize their productivity.
The EMM-messaging combination, or more importantly the EMM-Lua combination, is here to stay. The question now is, is your organization’s enterprise mobility strategy complete? Do you empower your employees with both tools? If not, it’s time to give this serious thought.
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