Enterprise Mobility

What Does Enterprise Mobility Mean?

Enterprise mobility focuses broadly on telework and remote work trends. Experts define enterprise mobility as not only the ability of workers to work outside of an office, but the mobility of corporate data through technology networks.

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Techopedia Explains Enterprise Mobility

Enterprise mobility means setting up remote work platforms where individuals complete their professional duties by sending data from one place to another, usually through the global Internet. With the emergence of mobile phone technologies and other new advances in the last 20 years, this form of enterprise mobility has really taken off.

It has also spawned a whole suite of tools and resources for managing this trend, known as enterprise mobility management tools. For example, lots of companies monitor their remote workers through specific tools like browser additions that monitor data use, and tools that can log work hours in these remote locations, such as an employee’s home.

As for corporate data mobility, there are also many different types of tools that accommodate this type of enterprise mobility, including videoconferencing platforms, cloud computing systems for file storage, web collaboration tools and more. Companies have also developed detailed models for accommodating enterprise mobility — for example, the COPE or ‘corporate owned, personally enabled’ model. The COPE model is built on BYOD or ‘bring your device’ business model, where in recent years, companies have started to allow employees to use personal devices for work tasks.

One of the overarching questions with enterprise mobility is security. As the corporate data travels, it’s often vulnerable to data breaches or unauthorized access. Companies use a wide spectrum of tools to manage these risks, from VPN tunnels to endpoint security technologies.

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