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Enterprise Mobility Management & Mobile Lifecycle Management In The Context Of The OSI Model

As organizations continue to deploy an increasing number of mobile applications to a broader and more diverse employee base, IT departments are increasingly recognizing the need for enterprise mobility management solutions.  However, these IT organizations are sometimes challenged to fully appreciate the scope of what encompasses mobility management.

While not meant to be a direct correlation to the OSI model, this document is intended to provide readers a means to conceptualize and understand enterprise mobility management through the lens of the broadly understood network architecture model.

Enterprise Mobility Management & Mobile Lifecycle Management In The Context Of The OSI Model

EMM and MLM In The Context of The OSI Model
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4 Comments

  1. Posted July 12, 2011 at 11:16 | Permalink

    Interesting application of the OSI model relative to the mobile eco-system. A question though, and I don’t claim to have the answer, but does the implication of layers – Mobile App Management relative to Mobile Information Management have the same implication as in the OSI layer?

    In the OSI model, layer 7 depends upon and is unaware of the implementation details of layer 6, likewise of layer 6 to layer 5 and so on down the model. However, with the advent of Individual Liable (IL) devices in the enterprise, does the company still require asset management as they are no longer managing the device? They will most certainly require security, operations, expense and the ilk. Does the dependency model hold true?

    Again, I like the analogy and mapping to the OSI model, just thinking through how this is changing with evolving mobile enterprise environment.

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    • Posted July 12, 2011 at 13:08 | Permalink

      Chris – Thanks for your commentary. We don’t suggest that there is a 1:1 relationship between the OSI model and mobility management. There are many areas of overlap in EMM. It is less so (if at all) in the OSI model. We believe that organizations do still require asset management, even in an IL world vecause 1) not everything will be IL and 2) inventory/asset management is also a means to understand what devices are connected to corporate data. This would be especially inportant and valuable with moves/adds/changes.

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  2. Posted August 31, 2011 at 14:20 | Permalink

    This is great to see. I’ve spend much of the past year working on a tool to support the mobile application management side of things. (appbade) I’d love to share this doc with a few people assuming I had permission from the EMF.

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