Acronym Soup: Understanding How MADP Fits Into EMM
Jack Madden makes an interesting point on his site this week, noting that plenty of people think about enterprise mobility management (EMM) as the “management” side of the mobile device and app equation, while mobile application development platforms belong squarely in the “development” camp. In fact, it’s quite helpful to understand both sides. As he explains, a big part of the challenge of managing mobility in an enterprise is that often there are not solid, enterprise-grade versions of the desktop apps people use. MADP can make it easy to bridge this gap and bring high-quality, integrated apps to enterprise end-users. As he acknowledges, building a native app takes lots of time, effort and, often, new skills. A solid MADP can change that calculus for the better. He delivers an exhortation to enterprise IT folks: “We can’t just be concerned about EMM alone… These days, we have to be up on all of enterprise mobility, and that includes MADP, too.” We couldn’t agree more.
Microsoft Gives AWS a Run for Its Money
Brad Feld wrote in a recent blog post saying that Amazon has a “scorpion problem.” Feld says that Amazon’s “nature” might be catching up with it, causing a slow-down in AWS adoption. Of course, Q2’s numbers don’t look so bad when you compare them to a year ago, but Citeworld’s Matt Rosoff joins the conversation to point out that Amazon has a serious competitor nipping at its heels: Microsoft. The company has a significant advantage because it offers both on-premise (Windows Server) and cloud (Azure) infrastructure services. That makes it relatively easy for companies to move from one to the other or set up hybrid environments. For enterprises with complex infrastructure realities that are changing daily with the move to mobile, Microsoft may offer a more realistic path.
Shining A Light on Shadow IT
Ryan Faas writes that the best way to eradicate shadow IT is to show your employees that you trust them. Of course, that’s easier said than done in a world where IT has long held the keys for everything from desktop PCs and applications to work-issued Blackberries. Today’s reality is such, though, that if you don’t provide your users with access to the tools and technologies they want to use to get their work done, they’ll fly under the radar using whatever technology they please. Additionally, opaque and Big Brother-like policies around observation of data and device use have stirred up a combative relationship between IT and end users (see: “Give me back my Blackberry!”) Of course, it doesn’t need to be like this, and Faas provides a set of best practices for companies, including trainings and radical transparency, to help right the relationship and shine a light on shadow IT.