With the amount of mobile devices available to enterprises growing so quickly, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to have a strong mobility initiative in place, according to the Aberdeen Group's report, Enterprise

Mobility Management: Optimizing the Full Mobile Lifecycle.

“Mobile devices procured by employees have invaded the workplace, and non-compliant mobile applications are being used for business purposes,” writes the report's author, Andrew Borg.

“These changes create the potential for a chaotic and uncontrolled mobile ecosystem that threatens to undermine recent productivity gains enabled by enterprise mobility, leading to an increased cost of support and the potential for increased corporate liability and security vulnerabilities.”

Aberdeen’s Best in Class companies mobilized 84 percent of their employees while achieving an annual TCO (total cost of ownership) of $198.

To become Best in Class, Aberdeen recommends that companies do three things: take control with Mobile Device Management (MDM) vendors; get beyond mobile mail by standardizing productivity apps that employees have downloaded, through the use of an enterprise ‘private’ mobile app store; and put IT in charge of mobile communications.

“Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) has emerged as the essential tool top performing organizations use to take control of the full mobility lifecycle of their mobile ecosystem: driving down costs, improving performance, and improving the security of the organization’s data and network assets,” Borg writes.

By Mark Alvarez