Weekly Enterprise Mobility Wrap-Up: Mar 23-27
► Enterprise mobile apps should be as simple and functional as their consumer equivalents
Here’s something I think we can all agree with: mobile is no place for monolithic, complicated enterprise software. Indeed, in the absence of enterprise apps that suit them, employees will find consumer equivalents instead. It’s something we at Sitrion aim to do with ONE, and what we see as the future of productivity on mobile. Give people the tools they can use that are simple and beautiful.
► Establish BYOD guidelines for every step of your mobile initiative
Every now and then a piece is published that really nails down some succinct steps organizations should take to manage mobile. This is one of them. BYOD can’t happen on its own. In order to best protect company data and give employees the freedom to use their own devices, established rules and policies must be in place.
► Keeping business content safe and sound
Of course, MDM is an oft-turned to capability for managing BYOD. Ultimately though, other approaches that directly manage apps and content can be used either in tandem with MDM or simply on their own as part of a BYOD policy.
► MobileIron, AirWatch, Citrix and IBM poll strongly in latest analyst EMM vendor rankings
Our friends at MobileIron, AirWatch, and Citrix shine again as top EMM vendors.
► 5 moves Microsoft must make to advance in mobile
Microsoft has been taking a unique approach to competing in mobile with the likes of Apple and Google. They’ve become very open with their software on other platforms, for one. To the points listed here I think attracting developers is a big one: what made Apple so dominant in the market was its appealing developer community. And the app gap (the lack of common iOS and Android apps on Windows Phone) has been sometimes attributed to the failing of Windows Phone to compete with the other platforms.
► Samsung will add Microsoft services and let users remove bloatware
On that note, Samsung users are going to start seeing Microsoft services such as OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on their devices. In addition to this, users can also remove preinstalled Android software such as Gmail and Google+. This is something sorely lacking on iOS (you can’t remove any of the preinstalled iOS apps - including the new Apple Watch app on iOS 8.3) and my hope is that they follow suit.