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According to analyst firm Ovum, the global enterprise mobility management (EMM) software market is expected to expand tremendously to US$10 billion in the next five years. The APAC market is set to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 50% by 2019, increasing prospects for organisations to transform business processes. This is changing the once-niche EMM market into a widely adopted IT proposition for enterprises. While choosing the right cloud-based EMM product for your business can be tough, here are some guidelines to consider before making the investment.
Know what your business needs
In today's often digital-first world, companies are looking to deploy cloud-based EMM as a key business solution. The ideal cloud-based EMM solution can address the challenge of building networks that are both accessible and secure, while increasing work productivity. It also has the potential to help better manage costs associated with supporting and managing a mobile workforce, such as reducing deployment, licensing, and maintenance. Thus, it is essential for your organisation to understand if a cloud-based EMM solution is right for you as requirements can vary from one to organisation another.
For example, the hyper-connectedness and consumerisation of IT has left many enterprises having to manage the need to balance connecting more devices, apps and data to enable business productivity while at the same time tightly handling security and controlling cost. If your company is highly structured and has several compliance and reporting requirements, you need to carefully evaluate your EMM options to understand where your data resides, where it goes and how it gets delivered.
Together with a mobile-first strategy, the value of a cloud-based EMM solution combined with the adoption of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) mentality could be a game-changer for organisations. With employees using their mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs, there is a need to develop secured platforms and related monitoring requirements. A cloud-based solution thus allows all end-users to register their device online, while also providing IT administrators with a simple web-based console to easily manage the various devices deployed in real time, regardless of the OS employed by end-users.
Take the plunge
According to The State of Application Delivery in APAC 2015 survey by F5 Networks, the study reveals that at least 41% of IT decision-makers are open to moving up to a quarter of their apps to the cloud by 2016, while almost 24% are keen to move up to half. Organisations are seeking confidence in cloud deployments to drive customer engagement, employee productivity and revenue.
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