Do the terms MDM, MRM or MAM mean anything to you? How about COIT, COPE or MIM? If you’re confused, you’re not alone. Along with the rapid proliferation of “smart” devices has come the equally fast-paced use and adoption of new acronyms for companies and IT departments to learn. With another hectic year in mobility underway and some frigid weather here on the East Coast, I thought we might all warm up with bowl of what we call the “Mobile Alphabet Soup,” designed to help you understand what some of the most widespread acronyms mean. Enjoy, and let us know in the comments if there are any we missed.
Antenna’s Mobile Alphabet Soup
- BYOD: Bring-Your-Own-Device, named after another acronym you may already be familiar with (depending on how college was) – BYOB. This refers to a general IT policy adopted by many organizations where employees are allowed to bring in any smartphone on any platform and connect it to the corporate network. Typically, companies provide employees with a stipend to purchase a device and then support it on the backend.
- COIT: Consumerization of IT is a broad term used to encompass a trend where innovation in the consumer markets becomes a catalyst for change and innovation in the historically top-down driven business world, forcing IT to reorient their policies, practices and procedures. The aforementioned BYOD is a good example of this, but other technology juggernauts like Facebook, Twitter, and DropBox – to name just a few – are having a profound impact on how IT addresses the intersection of mobile, data, social, and cloud.
- COPE: Corporate Owned, Personal Enabled describes a possible response of IT departments to problems caused by a BYOD policy. Instead of employee-owned devices, the policy recommends companies provide devices for employees and allow them to use them for personal purposes as well. Important for such a policy are separate perimeters or “containers” that can manage, and sometimes keep separate, personal and private information.
- MDM: Mobile Device Management is a broad category, which became popular following the explosion in smartphone adoption within enterprises. At its core, the term refers to the variety of options and tools available to companies to say what users can and cannot do with mobile devices provided by companies or brought into the enterprise by employees and connected to a corporate network. One key to look for with MDM tools is the ability to manage and work with the major mobile platforms out there today.