It’s time for a single enterprise mobile and IoT platform
From hand-held scanning devices to advanced fleet management solutions, enterprise mobility solutions have brought significant improvements to business processes over the last three decades. As the latest in a line of innovations aimed at reducing constraints of distance and time involved in getting a job done, enterprise mobility has made data available at the point of demand. Central to this framework have been mobile enterprise application platforms (MEAPs) which, in broad terms, include functions such as mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application development (MAD). In recent years, these infrastructures have expanded to include mobile content management (MCM), mobile back-end as a service (mBaaS), and enterprise mobile management (EMM) solutions, reflecting the continuing technical developments that are taking place within the mobility space.
With the emergence of machine-to-machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT), markets are once again experiencing innovations that remove distance and time constraints in getting work done. Connected products provide real-time data from physical environments, while improved analytical processes and new applications allow work tasks to be undertaken more efficiently and more speedily. In the IoT, the mobile device itself performs several roles, transcending its narrower remit within enterprise mobility solutions and becoming a crucial part of Enterprise IoT.
Within this new framework, MEAP functions will be integrated with those of Enterprise IoT platforms. Without wishing to complicate an already complex scenario, Machina Research suggests that it is long overdue for solution providers and enterprises to assess whether or not these two platforms should now be implemented and managed as one, and further, that enterprises should define a combined IoT and mobility strategy – that is, a strategy for advanced Enterprise IoT.
This Strategy Report examines the current status of enterprise mobility management and the implications of the growth of Enterprise IoT. It covers the benefits and challenges of mobile enterprise applications and platforms, the different layers of mobile enterprise management, the role of mobile devices and MEAPs, the new innovations attributed to IoT, and the ecosystem of platform providers. It also provides a comparison of the different platform providers and advice for enterprises on how these issues should influence their behaviour.
Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, mobile enterprise application platforms (MEAPs), enterprise mobility, application development, security, device management, smartphones, mobile devices, ruggedised handsets, mBaaS, enterprise mobility management (EMM), MDM, MCM, M2M platforms, IoT platforms, Enterprise IoT, servitisation, BYOD, Google glasses, augmented reality
Companies covered in this report: Vodafone, Telefonica, AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Sigfox, Ingenu, LORA Alliance, Axway (Appcelerator), IBM, Kony, Oracle, SAP, Xamarin, Cisco, AnyPresence, Red Hat, PTC, ThingWorx, Vuforia, Samsung, PLAT.ONE, Cumulocity, Bosch SI, AWS, Bug Labs, Xively
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