Tech Tip: Why Mobile Device Management (MDM) Might Be Good Idea


What is Mobile Device Management?

While smartphones can help businesses quite a bit, they can also be quite detrimental to their success. If you can get past the issues related to employees bringing their own devices to the workplace, then you’ll be able to save a considerable amount of time and money doling out mobile devices. However, you’ll need to make sure you have a mobile device management policy put in place so that you can control how those mobile endpoints interact with your business’s standing infrastructure and data.

The Basics of Mobile Device Management

Mobile Device Management, or MDM, allows your employees to use their mobile devices for work purposes, and gives you a management platform from which to control that relationship. Using encryption plus pre-established roles and permissions, MDM gives your organization’s IT administrator control over who accesses what information from their mobile devices.

Businesses that have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy generally take advantage of MDM. This approach basically gives your employees the freedom to use their own personal devices for work purposes and keeps your data as secure as possible while maintaining the employee’s ability to use their mobile devices for productivity.

The Purpose of MDM

MDM allows for several benefits that are great for businesses looking to keep their devices secure and to save money:

  • Cost Effectiveness:The BYOD strategy reduces costs substantially, and the MDM platform is a big reason that’s possible. The fewer devices you have to purchase for your employees, the less your mobile costs will be.
  • Management Capabilities:MDM gives your business the ability to oversee the security of any employee device, even remotely. This can help make sure that a device doesn’t bring a threat home to the network unknowingly. It also gives your administrators the ability to make sure work-related applications are installed and configured properly. Admins also have the power to block any untrustworthy apps or users, as well as remotely wipe any lost BYOD devices to keep them from being used to access company data.
  • Improved Compliance:Some industries have specific standards that must be met in order to avoid repercussions or comeuppance. MDM solutions are all about maintaining compliance with these standards. This gives businesses an advantage if they ever encounter a data breach.

To learn more about how Computerware can help you with MDM, reach out to us at (703) 821-8200.

Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.

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One comment on “Tech Tip: Why Mobile Device Management (MDM) Might Be Good Idea”

  • I like how you mentioned that mobile device management gives you the ability to watch over employee devices even when they’re out on the field. That would be really helpful for businesses that require employees to be out on the field a lot. My brother is planning on starting a delivery company and will need a way to track and monitor his employee’s progress, especially when they’re delivering to far-off places. It will be really helpful to know that he can do that with an MDM, it should really help him with running his business once it starts.

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