Device Management in Operating Systems

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is changing the workplace as we know it. This quick guide explains what you can accomplish with the right MDM system...

Andrew Bentley

20/03/2019

The workplace as we know it is changing.

As trends like remote working become more common, employees are increasingly looking for new ways to escape the standard office desk and accomplish more “on the go.” In an increasingly untethered business space, “MDM” or mobile device management is one of the primary solutions that companies need to manage data, applications, and security on the move.

An MDM system or Enterprise Mobility Management service is a critical component of managing your business endpoints from a central location. But what can companies truly accomplish with their MDM solutions for iOS and Android, and how do you know if you’re choosing the right applications?

What Companies Can Accomplish with an MDM System

MDM platforms provide you with opportunity for device management in operating system environments that we’re only just beginning to explore for the first time. With mobile device management, you get a central interface through which you can interact with essential data, and even track the activity of your employees.

Now that statistics suggest employees could save 81 minutes per week in productivity just by using a personal device at work, it makes sense that the popularity of MDM solutions will begin to grow. Choose the right tools and you can:

  • Track your mobile devices: Companies interested in asset management can use MDM to determine how many specific pieces of hardware are currently running in their organisation. You can even generate reports on the number of devices registered to your company, the types of devices your employees prefer to use and more.
  • Screen applications: MDM can help you to control the tools that your employees use to share and access information by white-listing and black-listing certain apps. This can reduce problems with things like Shadow IT – particularly as BYOD popularity accelerates.
  • Encryption and security: MDM solutions for Ios and Android can help with keeping data confidential in many different ways. For instance, your system can ensure that every message sent from a device in your workplace is encrypted from end-to-end, reducing your risk of data leaks.

Choosing Mobile Device Management Tools

The number of MDM solutions available on the market has grown significantly in recent years, thanks in part to the development of “Bring Your Own Device” workplace policies. As more companies allow employees to use their own devices in the workplace, applications for Ios, Android and Microsoft mobile device management are a fundamental part of keeping that work secure.

The Features of a Secure MDM System

Once you’ve decided upon your MDM, you can begin to examine the specific security features offered by each provider. Though each provider may have unique features to provide, some of the most critical capabilities to check for when you’re choosing your MDM system include:

  • Mandatory password protection
  • Remote lock and wipe
  • Jailbreak detection
  • Data and device encryption
  • Malware and fraud detection
  • Wi-Fi and VPN configuration and management

It’s also a good idea to make sure that your MDM solutions for iOS, Android or Windows integrate seamlessly with your existing enterprise applications. For instance, you may need your tools to work alongside things like LDAP or active directory, Microsoft Exchange, cloud storage services and more.

Choosing your Mobile Device Management Strategy

As forecasts continue to predict that the enterprise mobility and BYOD markets will accelerate in the years to come, it’s important to have a plan in place for how you can manage enterprise security if your team starts to use their own devices at work. The right mobile device management application can help you to maintain crucial privacy policies and encrypt essential data so that you can continue to compete in even the most regulated of environments.

Remember, check the features on all of your MDM system options before you decide, and ensure that the application provider you choose has a good history for customer service. No matter how well an MDM tool works, there’s always the chance that you’ll need to reach out for help at some point.