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MDM commoditization points to growing need for BPM software

Ben Farrell
February 21, 2013

Commoditization is on the horizon in the mobile device management sector, revealing the rapid growth of the mobile movement in the enterprise sector. This industry momentum points to the growing need for business process management software.

A recent Forbes report explained that there are now more than 100 vendors developing mobile device management solutions. At the same time, many device manufacturers and mobile operating system designers are building their solutions with the need for better management functionality in mind. These factors have combined to create a clear trend toward commoditization in the mobile sector, a movement that will likely continue.

Evaluating commoditization trends in the MDM market

According to the news source, many experts believe that mobile device adoption in businesses is happening much faster than PC implementation thattook place in the 1980s. This rapid shift toward mobility has changed the way organizations get the job done and led to the rapid development of new technologies to support mobile use. This is furthered by the fact that experts also think mobile is rising faster than the internet and social media movements did when they first began gaining steam.

The growing need for MDM solutions is also driven by the fact that enterprise mobility trends are an extension of consumer behaviors, leading to the bring-your-own-device movement. The report explained that this creates many security risks that organizations have to consider. As a result, many MDM solutions have emerged, and the market is already flooded with service options to such an extent that systems are now commoditized.

Understanding BPM's role

The rising use of MDM and other device management systems adds fuel to the need for BPM software. As more businesses embrace consumer devices in the workplace, many find themselves having to adapt their day-to-day operations in light of the needs created by the technology. This often means developing new business process strategies and changing back-office architectures to ensure thatIT functions align properly with process requirements.

BPM solutions can help organizations develop automation and integration architectures that help them ensure thattheir technological systems are fine tuned to support everyday processes. While much of this happens in the back office, BPM platforms also have a major impact on end users. Generally speaking, BPM will be delivered largely through an end-user application that improves employee visibility into social, cloud and mobile data, allowing workers to align their various technology and data workflows to optimize operations.

Ben Farrell

Director of Corporate Communications