MDM critical to mobile boom

MDM critical to mobile boom

A recent survey conducted by Ovum suggested around 60 per cent of employees are currently use some sort of mobile device to help them within the workplace.

Smartphones are the most popular, but there is a noticeable rise in the use of tablet devices too, and the industry does not appear to be offering any indication of slowing down.

The rise of such technology has understandably presented a number of new challenges for those providing IT support.

Whether employees are using mobile devices given to them by their company, or have decided to use their own as part of a bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, mobile device management (MDM) allows organisations to create a platform that allows them to moderate data, determine access and make configurations for data transfers.

Security measures are often of paramount importance to users of mobile devices in a corporate, or even governmental environment.

For example, up until recently, Blackberry was the only mobile device that met the security requirements of the US government, allowing it to meet the White House's mobile strategy.

Moderation and monitoring are also important parts of MDM, as they both ensure employees are not potentially harming the productivity of the organisation by using valuable data for improper purposes.

Much of these services are outsourced to other companies, but with trends such as BYOD becoming increasingly common, the need for an effective MDM strategy has become greater than ever before.

One such service is MaaS360 from Fiberlink, which is compatible with all major smartphones and tablets, and allows you to manage all of your mobile tablets with ease.

Or alternatively there's the Dynamic Mobile Exchange from Excitor, which is capable of monitoring all of your data costs, while enabling access to corporate email services, calendars, as well as important documents.