You’d be forgiven for assuming, given all the hype we hear about mobile devices, that laptops and (gasp) even desktops are completely obsolete. While it is true that I can perform far more of my daily important tasks on a mobile device than I ever could before, the fact that I am typing this blog post on a laptop should be a good indication that, at least for some use cases, desk-based devices (and, as an aside, we really need a better descriptor for devices, as a class, that aren’t mobile) are still key.
So, what is an organization to do when they’ve gone down the path of leveraging a mobile management solution, but need to manage non-mobile devices as well? This is actually a key question since for large organizations, device management is a pretty critical function with both safety aspects (security and data access) and productivity ones (ensuring employees have the right applications, data access and connectivity when they need it). Until now organizations would typically use an Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) tool for all their mobile devices, and generally more of a legacy product for their desktop devices.