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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Exploring Mobile Workspace Management Solutions

More smartphones in the workplace typically mean more challenges for IT managers. Mobile workspace management describes a set of technologies and services that securely separate enterprise applications and content from personal applications and content.

Currently, the two main technologies that comprise mobile workspace management solutions are application wrapping and containers.

Application wrapping solution adoption is predicted to edge out application containers, according to the latest comprehensive market study by ABI Research.

"Application wrappers will win out because of the perceived simplicity of the solution," said Jason McNicol, senior analyst at ABI Research. "Even traditional MDM (mobile device management) vendors are packaging app wrapping as a value-added solution to retain existing customers as the enterprise mobility market continues to evolve."

Globally, application wrapping adoption will grow at a healthy 27 percent through 2018 whereas application container adoption will grow at a 23 percent rate.

Application wrapping adoption will grow aggressively in the Asia-Pacific region at 32 percent YoY, exceeding the number of adopting enterprises in the North American region by 2018.

What does the future hold for workspace management solutions?

There are fewer and fewer pure-play app wrapping or container suppliers. Increasingly, mobile workspace management vendors are offering both technologies to address the needs of any customer.

According to ABI's assessment, winners in this market will be the most innovative around security, analytics, collaboration options, and mobile expense management services.