Once upon a time, wireless mobility management was easy to understand. Sounds like a fairy tale given today’s business technology landscape, right? As enterprise mobile technology continues to evolve, rapid industry changes will only add to an ever-growing list of terms and acronyms that can leave your head spinning.
However, we’re here to help. Below are ten must-know wireless mobility management abbreviations you’re sure to see moving forward:
1) BI – Business Intelligence
BI is a technology-driven process tasked with analyzing data and presenting actionable insights to corporate executives, business managers and end users alike. By identifying and tracking previously unknown trends, businesses are empowered to make more informed and impactful wireless mobility management decisions.
BI’s positive effects have already become apparent. Today, 85% of business leaders believe that effective data usage will dramatically change the way they do business. In the future, one of BI’s main mobile technology priorities will be incorporating carrier usage data into program analytics. Call detail records will become the next rich vein for enterprise data mining efforts.
2) CX – Customer Experience
CX is the product of interactions between an organization and a customer throughout their relationship. As enterprises undergo digital transformation to influence CX, look for it to play an increasingly important role in determining which business technologies and strategies gain widespread adoption in wireless mobility management.
By 2020, CX is predicted to overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator. That’s because 86% of buyers will pay more for a product or service simply because of a better experience. If you’re not already thinking about CX, your enterprise needs to consider how to personalize customer interactions through mobile technology.
3) IoT – Internet of Things
IoT devices constantly send and receive data across networks with little to no manual interaction, allowing new types of data to be captured, stored and analyzed. While this technology has been part on the wireless mobility management radar for years, adoption is ready to explode in the coming years.
Expect to see these efforts become increasingly integral to enterprise analytics and BI. Without a strategic IoT business plan in place, enterprises simply won’t remain competitive.
4) MaaS – Mobility as a Service
MaaS is a software-based wireless mobility management solution that allows companies to purchase carrier network access, mobile applications platform capabilities, policy compliance enforcement, asset management features and program reporting and analytics on a per-month, per-user basis from a single vendor.
As carriers look to decouple device procurement and network service tasks soon, wireless mobility managers will seek comprehensive solutions that satisfy all end-user needs for a single, simplified monthly per-user charge.
5) MADP – Mobile Application Development Platform
A MADP is wireless mobility management software that allows a business to rapidly build, test, and deploy mobile applications. Thanks to MADPs, it’s not uncommon for today’s businesses to build an application from scratch in a few days rather than over the course of several months.
This technology not only speeds up mobile app development, but also aims to improve user experience and functionality. MADP-born apps will soon enable new forms of mobile connectivity and begin to incorporate location-based features currently limited to the consumer space.
6) MMP – Mobility Management Platform
An MMP is a software-first solution that empowers enterprises to centralize, comprehend and control all wireless mobility management program data and tasks. As traditional enterprise technologies converge with wireless mobility management, configurable single-platform solutions are the next logical step in mobile technology’s evolution.
Mobile development has accelerated so rapidly that many Telecom Expense Management (TEM) and Managed Mobility Services (MMS) solutions are not equipped to handle future-facing enterprise technology investments such as cloud and IoT.
7) MVNO – Mobile Virtual Network Operator
An MVNO is a wireless communication services provider that doesn’t own wireless network infrastructure, but instead licenses it as a network operator to provide connectivity services to its customers.
Carrier-agnostic MaaS providers, for example, that bundle network connectivity with a software platform and ancillary services will only grow in popularity because of their ability to more completely and cost-effectively satisfy specific wireless mobility management needs.
8) RMAD – Rapid Mobile Application Development
RMAD is the process of creating mobile applications using code-free programming tools to speed up the development process. RMAD offers wireless mobility management efforts the ability to rapidly build and deploy enterprise apps that address specific program issues.
By harnessing the potential of RMAD, code-free apps are becoming easy to create, develop, test and implement. A combination of RMAD and MADP is already providing digitally focused enterprises with a fast and relatively inexpensive solution capable of resolving almost any mobile workforce-related app experience challenge.
9) UEM – Unified Endpoint Management
UEM is a set of software-driven wireless mobility management practices that ensures program and policy compliance. UEM software manages mobile devices, applications, content/information, risks and security while effectively securing mobile technology data, services and usage.
UEM itself is not new; the UEM industry, however, will look and feel different very soon. Robust offerings will compete with cheaper, more specialized products and services, granting greater overall flexibility to wireless mobility management asset and data management, security and optimization.
10) WYOD – Wear Your Own Device
Like BYOD, a WYOD wireless mobility management program allows employees to use personal wearable devices for enterprise tasks and functions.
The early return on this technology is encouraging: employees already using wearable devices at work are eight and a half percent more productive and three and a half percent more satisfied. That’s why 94% of all businesses either currently have or plan on implementing some sort of WYOD program soon.
As fast as wireless mobility management moves, there’s no guarantee that these acronyms are the only ones your business will need to learn. Fortunately, Tangoe’s enterprise technology experts have you covered.