Enterprise Mobility Concept Model
This document provides a concept model for Enterprise Mobility – the use of mobile computing in the enterprise.
It is provided to support the development of an Enterprise Mobility Framework. See the accompanying report.
Developing a concept model or ideally a detailed meta model is useful – some might say vital – because it forces people to define the terminology that should be used in the domain they are working in, and aids understanding by showing the relationships between concepts. It helps to discard redundant concepts and provides consistency by ensuring everyone is applying the same terminology in the deliverables they produce to support that domain.
The model can also be used as the basis of an Enterprise Mobility ‘catalog’ or a form of CMDB, used to store and track all of the relevant information about the use of mobile computing within an organization. At a minimum it can be used to compare the information managed by 3rd party products that claim to support this requirement.
The model is also useful in establishing governance over Enterprise Mobility, as each class in the model can be seen as a policy subject, or providing policy context. Having such a model can help improve the precision and remove ambiguity from policies.
The Everware-CBDI Enterprise Mobility Concept Model is presented as a UML Class model. The figure below shows a UML package view of mobile computing concepts, with emphasis on enterprise factors. UML packages help to break down a complex model into simpler ‘chunks.
Figure 1: Everware-CBDI Enterprise Mobility Concept Model Package Overview
The following figure shows an example package from the model covering various device and device management concepts. It shows,
- Different Device types are defined by a Device Profile. The Device Profile references Device Capabilities (or properties of).
- Devices have Device Configurations which may reference various Content Items.
- Instances of Devices, Device Configurations, and Device Applications are managed by a Device Manager – a type of Application. The Device Manager may manage Devices that comply with a specific Device
Figure 2: Everware-CBDI Enterprise Mobility Concept Model Device Management Package
The complete Enterprise Mobility Concept Model can be downloaded below. Note that this model is also available for download in Microsoft Visio format.
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