Top considerations to make before implementing a mobile device management platform

Top considerations to make before implementing a mobile device management platform

With an increasing number of workforces drifting into the realms of mobile and flexible working, it has never been more important for companies to prepare accordingly, no matter what industry they happen to be in.

The benefits of mobile working have been well documented, with experts suggesting it is a practice that has a substantially positive benefit on the morale and productivity of employees.

In fairness, many organisations have recognised the folly of moving into the digital, mobile age without adequate preparation, leading to a significant increase in the demand for mobile device management (MDM) solutions.

However, earmarking MDM as a necessity for your IT infrastructure is only the beginning of the journey, as there are a various questions and considerations that arise as a result, ones that first need to be answered if there is to be any success with a policy of mobile working.

For instance, a significant majority of systems accommodating mobile working will also be operating a bring your own device (BYOD) policy.

MDM and BYOD will often work alongside each other, meaning it is vital for an organisation to assess their network in as much detail as possible.

Organisations should verify that vendors have streamlined self-service options and can provide the ability to protect company data and keep it separate from personal information, an important requirement when dealing with a system containing workers' personal devices.

As well as BYOD, another trend that has managed to take hold of many workplaces has been the cloud, and its rising levels of adoption have consequently had quite an impact on MDM solutions.

A number of IT security applications are marketed in the software as a service (SaaS), meaning that when deciding whether to deploy on-premises or cloud-based MDM, organisations need to understand the difference between supporting and managing the two methods.