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Choosing the right cloud-based solution for your organisation

David Moellenkamp, Senior Director Enterprise Solutions, BlackBerry | Feb. 26, 2016
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.

Whether you have a full-sized IT department, a dedicated mobility management department, or if you have a knack for IT yourself, a cloud-based solution can easily be implemented and operated without deep IT expertise. The advantage of an online web-based system is that it allows administrators to log in from any device, and at any time, with nothing more than a web browser and Internet connectivity. Once logged in, you should be able to manage mobility across your entire organisation and execute administrative tasks such as assigning policies, enrolling approved devices, setting appropriate security controls and deploying apps that employees need to do their jobs effectively.

A cloud-based service removes the need for organisations to purchase expensive servers or software up front, as well as the need to spend on support and operations in order to keep systems up-to-date; this allows your organisation to maximise cost effectiveness. Be sure to consider the scale of the service that your business needs, as well as the provider's ability to adapt the service as your business expands or changes in the long-run, before making any commitment. It is recommended to source for vendors with experience in maintaining globally-available infrastructure in order to have peace of mind that the service is accessible when required.

Security is priority

Security is a top priority for APAC organisations when it comes to applications, as discovered by F5 Networks' The State of Application Delivery in APAC 2015. 42% of respondents are confident that application services cannot be deployed without security.  Hence, security cannot be considered as an add-on and must be built into a solution from the ground up. Be sure to look for a vendor that provides solutions with customisable settings that allow your mobile ecosystem to either meet or exceed industry regulations and requirements.

Managing mobility for your organisation doesn't have to be overwhelming or over-budget. With the right planning and implementation, you'll find the right cloud-based EMM that will fit into your organisation and keep your business moving forward, securely. 


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