Mobile Device Management - an overview
September 4th 2013
Most organisations, large and small, are gradually moving to a complex mobile environment. Today, it is not just senior management in an organisation who use smartphones and tablets for their work; employees at all levels are using their personal smartphones to access office-related applications and data. Every organisation needs to have oversight and control the mobile devices entering their enterprise, whether they are provided by the company or are part of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. This is where the concept of mobile device management comes in.
What is Mobile Device Management?
Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a real-time management system for mobile devices. It allows the administrator to securely control updates and retrieve data remotely from individual mobile devices. This extremely robust system ensures that employees can be productive both in and out of the office while simultaneously ensuring that the organisation’s confidential data is always secure.
In short, mobile device management allows an organisation to secure, monitor, support and manage mobile devices by remote distribution of applications, configuration settings and data. This can be done for all types of mobile devices from a single platform.
What are the Benefits of Mobile Device Management for your Organisation?
With more mobile devices and applications entering the market each day, it has become imperative for large and small organisations to focus on Mobile Device Management. If an organisation wants to optimise the functionality of the mobile devices used by its workforce while controlling and protecting the organisation’s confidential data, mobile device management is a must in today’s business world. Additioanl benefits include:
- Protect your company data
- Prevent loss of confidential data if a mobile device is lost / stolen – remotely clear data
- Prevent unauthorised network access by creating a secure mobile computing environment with file encryption
- Reduce the cost of managing mobile assets
- Conduct over-the-air inventory of hardware, software and network