Gartner Research

A Methodology to Achieve Mobile Endpoint Independence

Published: 04 May 2011

ID: G00211761

Analyst(s): Eric Maiwald, Paul DeBeasi


The dual trends of consumerization and democratization are pressuring enterprises to consider how they should evolve their network, security, and application architectures to support mobile endpoint independence, or if they should at all. Unfortunately, thoughtful and defensible creation of endpoint independence policies is complex because many interdependent considerations exist. This guidance document provides a repeatable methodology that will guide enterprises through the process of considering the various interdependencies and creating endpoint independence policies.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance

Gartner Definitions

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Pre-Work
  • Step 1: Define Use Case Characteristics
  • Step 2: Select Best Match Use Case in Table
  • Step 3: Analyze Model Impact on Network, Security, Management, and Support
    • Web-Enabled Application
    • Local Application with Remote Data
    • Server-Based Computing
    • Server-Hosted Virtual Desktop
    • Application Virtualization
    • Client-Hosted Virtual Desktop
    • Local Applications with Local Storage
  • Step 4: Consider Additional Factors
    • Impact on the Internal Network
    • Communications Security
    • Regulatory Restrictions
    • Service Desk and Support Impact

Risks and Pitfalls


Use Case Details

  • Traveling Worker Use Case
  • Mobile Office Worker Use Case
  • Office Worker Use Case
  • Teleworker Use Case
  • Traveling Worker Without Access to Sensitive Information Use Case
  • Mobile Office Worker Without Access to Sensitive Information Use Case
  • Office Worker Without Access to Sensitive Information Use Case
  • Teleworker Without Access to Sensitive Information Use Case

Recommended Reading

Revision History

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