As MDM Gains Ground, Security Remains Paramount

By Michael Vizard

As business use of smartphones and tablets escalates, demand for mobile-device management (MDM) continues to gain momentum. Internal IT organizations are increasingly gaining control over their mobile computing environments, according to data collected from 15,000 mobile applications tracked by the Fiberlink unit of IBM over 14 months. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the organizations studied have 25 or more mobile applications under management; they consist of a healthy mix of publicly available and custom apps. As a result, the next big mobile opportunity for the channel could be in the realm of security for solution providers. Security concerns include challenges with remote removal of apps when a device is misplaced, stolen or an employee leaves, and organizations' dependence on legacy approaches to VPNs. Perhaps, most surprising of all, is the fact that Apple clearly dominates when it comes to platforms, but the most popular browser on mobile computing devices is Google Chrome. Channel Insider looks at the study findings.

This article was originally published on 2014-06-18
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.