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Four major trends in enterprise mobility  

Linda Musthaler | May 13, 2016
Security models are evolving, cloud is changing the game, the desktop and mobile worlds are converging, and new regulations are emerging.

A third mobility trend is the convergence of desktop and mobile, which is being accelerated by Windows 10. Later this year, Microsoft is scheduled to release a final set of capabilities that will really blur the distinction between a desktop OS and a mobile OS.

Rege points to a move that Gartner is making to emphasize this new direction in client management. Gartner is discontinuing its Magic Quadrant on traditional PC lifecycle management tools. Gartner says this industry is mature and there's little innovation left, and in the future enterprises will manage and secure their endpoints using enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools. From a Gartner perspective, they are moving their focus of how security will evolve post Windows 10 to the EMM model. Rege says MobileIron expects that legacy devices will continue to be managed by traditional lifecycle management tools while newer devices, mobile or otherwise, will move entirely to the EMM model.

Rege believes the more interesting aspect of this shift will have to do with people, not technology. Enterprises typically have a distinct desktop support group and a mobile support group. As operating systems like Windows 10 close the gap between the two styles, companies will want to streamline their support teams as well. Rege says the support will shift to the mobile team, and be done at a much lower cost than traditional desktop support. Given the fiefdom of the current desktop team, this might not sit well, but companies have a few years to work through the organizational changes.

A fourth trend affecting mobility has to do with the regulatory environment, largely led by the state of California. This past February, the attorney general of California released a report indicating that the CIS Critical Security Controls are now considered the minimum security requirements for companies that operate in California. In addition, the Center for Internet Security released a companion document to the 20 controls that is basically a mobile version of the controls. What seems to be happening now, at least in California, is the baseline for security is going to be moving from discretionary to being a core part of the governance and compliance model.

These four trends mean that enterprises have a lot to think about and work on where mobility computing is concerned.


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