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I think we all agree that mobility for the enterprise is evolving and expanding rapidly.  Recently, we’ve had a few discussions on Enterprise Mobility Management (Looking beyond mobile device management) and (A deeper dive into Enterprise Mobility Management). These postings were based on a whitepaper (link below) written by Philippe Winthrop of the Enterprise Mobility Foundation. We all know and have discussed the significant possibilities that come from deploying mobile solutions in the workplace.  But, we need to recognize that it can be difficult to navigate this very complex ecosystem.  And of course that’s where EMM comes in.

Whether you are a mobile device user or you are in IT, you know that personally owned (or individually liable) devices are proliferating in the workplace.  From the user’s point of view, you just want access to work data from your own device – so you go to IT to ask for it. But what does IT do to address this need? In the whitepaper, Philippe comments that this proliferation “is also causing a knee-jerk reaction from IT departments that feel compelled to deploy mobile device management solutions as a means to ‘secure’ those devices.” I’ve seen it over and over again that IT departments are comping up with MDM RFPs daily. The unfortunate thing is that often they are thinking about MDM in a silo instead of taking the broader perspective of comprehensive Enterpirse Mobility Management. In my last few posts, and in the whitepaper, we’ve talked about how mobile device management isn’t the only thing you need to consider any more. so what are Philippe’s parting words on the topic?

The Enterprise Mobility Foundation strongly recommends that “organizations take a step back to look beyond just mobile device management, to mobile application management and most importantly their holistic enterprise mobility strategy to develop a 360 degree view on the opportunities and challenges that mobility can bring to the workplace.”

I couldn’t agree more. I encourage you to read the full “Looking Beyond Device Management to Enterprise Mobility Managment” whitepaper on this topic and share your perspective.  To hear more on this topic directly from Philippe and SAP, please join us Wednesday September 7th at 1:00pm for a live webcast and Q&A.

Date:  Wednesday, September 7th @ 1:00pm EDT

The webcast is free, but you do need to register in advance.

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