Mobile Device Management, also referred to as MDM is basically, a type of security software that is used by an IT department to monitor, manage and secure employees mobile devices. MDM is to secure all the mobile devices that are deployed across multiple mobile service providers and across multiple mobile operating systems being used in the organization. It is about the management of all sorts of mobile devices that include smart phones, tablets as well as laptops, within the workplace.
The Core Purpose of MDM
MDM intends to optimize the functionality and security of all mobile devices within any organization or enterprise. And also protect the corporate network simultaneously. It allows you to distribute applications, data and configuration settings and patches for mobile devices.
What you need in an ideal MDM?
An ideal mobile device management tool:
Includes application management, file synchronization and sharing, data security tools and support for either a corporate owned or personally owned device.
Is compatible with all the common handheld device operating platforms and applications.
Is capable of functioning through multiple service providers.
Can be implemented directly over the air.
Allows you to deploy next-generation hardware, operating platforms and applications, in quick time.
Allows easy addition or removal of mobile devices from the system so as to ensure optimum network efficiency and security.
Most mobile device management solutions offer end-to-end security to organizations. Most of the MDM software can be expected to have the below listed features:
Management and support of mobile applications
Mobile policy management
Telecom service management
Need for Mobile Device Management
Along with employees, most businesses are also finding that it is promising to let employees work remotely on their own devices without losing any productivity. And this concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or work remotely is one reason why there is a need for safe and secure mobile device management software.
No doubt BYOD has its own benefits like reduced equipment costs, increased employee satisfaction, and efficiency, decreased IT staff burden with employees who maintain their own equipment and reduced office space square footage since workers can be off-site with their own device. The risk in BYOD is that of data being exposed to security threats or threats from malicious programs. And this is where the role of mobile device management begins.
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Big Names utilizing MDM
Big names in the corporate industry like Apple, Spiceworks, etc. are making good use of the mobile device management system. Apple has made it easier to manage iOS devices on corporate networks so that the IT department of the organization can lay its focus on transforming the way employees work. iOS provides tools that make it easy for the IT department to manage and secure corporate data, App Store and in-house enterprise apps; still allowing the employees with freedom and flexibility of using their iOS devices the way they always have. MDM enables productivity for all; both the employees and the organization.