The best enterprise mobility management articles and resources - October 2017 Edition

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There’s a lot of enterprise mobility documentation on the web these days—which is great, because this wasn’t always the case. This article serves three purposes:

  1. If you’re new to EMM, you can learn the basics.
  2. If you’re already familiar, this can serve as a place to find key vendor resources.
  3. If you want to hear our world-view on various topics, you can find some of our favorite articles in here.

This article gets updated every few months, most recently on October 17, 2017.

For day to day EMM news and opinions, head to the homepage, our RSS feed, my Twitter account, or our Friday Notebook series.

Essential EMM blog posts

What’s EMM all about and why should you care? In the mobile/cloud era, it’s just how we do things.

I wrote a whole book about EMM back in 2014, but it’s out of date now. To get up to speed, check out this series on the current state of EMM. It’s from last year, but it’s still accurate.

  • Part 1 covers what’s mature
  • Part 2 outlines the stages of adoption
  • Part 3 is about the spread of EMM
  • Part 4 is why to get started
  • Part 5 identifies issues we’re still dealing with

This days, EMM, identity management, desktop management, desktop virtualization, and more are blending together into something people are starting to call “workspace” management.

Identity management

If EMM applies to the mobile part of the “mobile/cloud era,” identity and access management is one of the most important technologies for dealing with the cloud part (at least from the end user perspective). See:

Understanding mobile app management

I often hear that mobile app management (MAM) is still a confusing topic for new EMM customers, and this has long been an important issue to me. For get a handle on MAM, see:

Thoughts on mobile apps

We don’t cover app the nuts and bolts of native app development, but we have a lot of thoughts on apps, as well as a few specific technologies that can help convert legacy desktop apps to mobile:

Mobile security

Moving on to devices and OSes, it can be informative to read the security reports and resources directly from Apple and Google. Check out:

Mobile threat defense is a still-emerging technology, involving third-party security agents. I just recently wrote a complete guide:

Apple and iOS MDM resources

Most of Apple’s official iOS and macOS MDM documentation is pretty easy to find these days:

iOS updates are usually announced in June and roll out in September with new iPhone models, but sometimes big updates with new EMM functionality come out in the spring. Here’s the most recent information:

Google and Android MDM resources

We all know the Android MDM story: Originally, Android didn’t have great MDM capabilities, so OEMs like Samsung added their own. Then in 2014 and 2015, Android for Work came along, and now it’s just called Android enterprise. Here’s all the basic information:

Samsung Knox is still providing EMM features that can be used alongside or instead of Android enterprise. See:

Windows 10 MDM and Unified Endpoint Management

Windows 10 brought Modern Management and support for MDM, and now a new trend (and confusing acronym): Unified Endpoint Management. Here are some recent blog posts:

And here are shortcuts to Microsoft’s documentation:

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Thanks Jack. This is great.





thanks much appreciated