Mobile applications are most powerful when they can efficiently connect to back-end data services. Devices such as the iPad are powerful productivity tools in part because they provide an array of connectivity options. In addition, enterprise-class devices provide powerful VPN capabilities which, when combined with wireless connectivity, provide secure remote access to enterprise data. These networking capabilities enable a new world of transaction-oriented applications in addition to the important and well-supported enterprise e-mail application.
When selecting an EMM platform, look for one that automates the configuration of secure WiFi, VPN and native e-mail sync. By properly configuring the iPad to connect into your existing IT infrastructure, as laptops do today, data and services can be delivered to these endpoints, which maximizes infrastructure investments.