MDM, EMM, BYOD – It’s all about the content!

MDM, EMM, BYOD – It’s all about the content!

Mobile Device Management (MDM), Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), etc.  With the rapid transition to a mobile work models, the acronyms are numerous.  The buzz words are plentiful.  And the companies and service offerings in this market are exploding.

With the number of angles and options, this emerging market segment seems complex.  But when you boil it down to the basics, it is actually pretty simple.  It is about anytime, anywhere access to content and the applications to which the content is connected.

At its core enterprise mobility is a balancing act between two things:

1)      Members of the increasingly mobile work force want convenient, anytime/anywhere access to their content and applications.  In return, they become more productive.

2)      Enterprise IT must balance the needs from a productivity standpoint with the costs to deliver these services and maintain adequate security and control over proprietary enterprise content.

Early mobility-focused services have focused largely on supporting and securing the devices and accessing applications.  This is a good starting point and a big part of the solution needed to enable the mobile work force.  But this can sometimes leave an important missing element – the content.  Historically, when content was stored in application-specific repositories, connecting to the application was synonymous with connecting to the content.  But with the rise of the cloud and increasingly diverse hybrid storage models, enterprises have seen a decoupling of applications and the content that they create.  Knowledge workers now require access to files and documents across a number of storage repositories that can include traditional on-premise network storage, enterprise content management systems (ECMs), private and public cloud storage services controlled by the enterprise itself and personal cloud storage accounts that for better or worse increasingly hold enterprise content.

This rapid dispersion of where files live and must be accessed from has created another requirement for enterprise mobility – the ability to access content across a number of different storage repositories.  Just like with the applications, enterprise employees must have this for productivity, and IT must deliver this without compromising on security or control or spending too much to support it.

Enter CloudFuze.  CloudFuze is veteran in the young market for providing broad connectivity to all things enterprise storage.  CloudFuze can support connectivity to new technologies like public and private cloud storage but can also support connectivity to legacy enterprise storage repositories like ECM systems, private on-premise storage and private cloud storage.  In addition to basic connectivity, CloudFuze adds two key productivity enablers.  First, the CloudFuze platform supports mobility with native mobile apps for iOS and Android to go with its core web app and Windows desktop app.  Second, CloudFuze adds a layer productivity features that include advanced file distribution/sharing, shared workspaces that reach across storage systems and other collaboration-focused capabilities.

Leveraging its core software platform, CloudFuze has the ability to support a variety of deployment models required by enterprise-level customers.  CloudFuze can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.  It can leverage LDAP, AD and other user administration capabilities already established for other enterprise applications.  And leveraging its scalable platform, CloudFuze can easily add support for unique private storage repositories.

If you are an enterprise that understands the key role that access to content dispersed across different storage systems plays in your support for a mobile work force, we would like to talk to you.  Please contact us by completing the form HERE to be contacted for an initial discussion.