Top 3 Enterprise Mobility Management Benefits
Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) refers to the utilization of processes, people, and technology tools to effectively manage mobile and smart phone devices in the context of businesses. The potential of EMM to be an instrument for advancing organizational goals is very high, owing to the rate at which companies are embracing BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) policies, in which workers are given autonomy to bring their own mobile devices, tablets, and smartphones for work-related purposes.
Forrester Research, in its report, last year, placed BYOD policies as a major driver for increasing business growth, owing to greater employee productivity. Findings from tech firms also reveal how BYOD is perceived as a positive contributor to employee productivity. Approximately half of the managers in Intel, for instance, believe that BYOD has a strong positive influence in raising output of employees.
Additionally, the use of smartphone and mobile devices also enables workers to be able to work remotely, resulting in the formation of a mobile workforce that is easily able to adapt to changing work requirements. Managers, therefore, are prompted to provide their employees with a variety of mobile-related resources.
Therefore, EMM offers SMEs a number of advantages. These are as follows:
Much has been mentioned about the scale of security threats arising from the misuse of mobile devices by an organization’s employees. While BYOD has its benefits, it presents huge risks from stolen mobile devices containing personal and corporate data or the lack of security protocols on mobile devices inviting hackers to prey on an organization’s network data through various malicious software programs and phishing tactics.
However, EMM is more to do with just allowing management to authorize devices to employees. EMM provides a single point interface in overseeing all mobile device control, secure connections, and corporate data, resulting in highly secure network of mobile devices. SMEs can benefit greatly from EMM in isolating personal data from work-related data, virtual private network for secure communications, and a lot more.
Higher workforce productivity
The adoption of EMM also has been reported to lead to a significant rise in employee productivity, resulting in higher business growth and competitive advantage over rivals. In a study by IDG in 2014, organizations that implemented EMM for accommodating the need for a large mobile-driven architecture reported productivity increases of as much as 50 percent, along with an approximately 40 percent increase in employee morale. EMM also enables organizations to benefit from higher technical advantages through the usage of remote wiping, policy-based configuration, and self-service application stores.
Substantial cost savings
The adoption of a sophisticated technology tool, such as EMM is sure to involve a number of costs, which could seem unworthy for an SME. For instance, an EMM contains many hidden and visible costs including the initial cost of the system, installation and implementation, user training, and tech support services. However, if SMEs performed a detailed short and long-term cost-benefit analysis, they will see to it that adopting an EMM can lead to significant cost savings.
While the upfront costs may be high, it may also be so in the short-term. SMEs, in the longer term, can benefit from substantial cost reductions in the form of increased worker productivity, greater utilization of resources and minimal wastage, faster business processes, and a lot more.
Therefore, SMEs have much to benefit from adopting EMM in their workplaces to cultivate their BYOD policies. With the advantages of high security, greater employee productivity, and higher cost savings, an EMM can prove to be a valuable asset for managing mobile device architecture.