We live in the age of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. These smartphones and tablets are not just part of our personal lives, it’s pervading the professional arena as well. With trends like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) getting popular, corporates and organizations worldwide are encouraging their workforce to make use of their personal devices at work as well…for work!
To be noted is the fact that it’s the SMBs (Small and Medium Businesses) that are benefitting the most out of this trend of using smartphones, tablets etc for work. They thus get a chance to make the work atmosphere more flexible and also ensure better involvement from their employees. They are able to ensure that their employees remain satisfied and hence happier. Above all, they are able to cut down costs to a great extent; this definitely means a lot for SMBs.
Let’s now take a look at the other side of the picture. Personal mobile devices being allowed to connect to the corporate organization network could complicate things unless it’s managed well. It could pose a big risk to the data that’s stored on the corporate network or transmitted through the network. The personal devices- the mobile phones, the smartphones etc that are used for work- need to be secured. It’s here that MDM (Mobile Device Management) comes in. Many SMBs today depend on MDM software and ensure that all mobile devices connected to their networks are secured and also that the data on the enterprise networks to remain secure. Here’s a look at the five main reasons that make Mobile Device Management a must for all small and medium businesses…
It’s Cost Effective
For any small business, it’s not commercially viable to have a full-fledged IT department taking care of, among other things, Mobile Device Management. Thus investing on having an MDM software could be a wise option for any SMB. The choice has to be made based on the requirements and the budget. Anyhow, opting for a good, effective MDM software makes things cost-effective for any SMB today. The cost that could be incurred in having a full IT department could thus be diverted into expanding the business. SMBs could also depend on MSPs (Managed Service Providers) to take care of device management, plus many other such things.
It’s Easy, not at all complicated…
An MDM software usually is very easy to install and use; it’s not in any way complicated. The features of most MDM software are planned in such a manner that installation and consequent use of the software happen to be as less complicated as possible.
It makes things transparent…
With too many personal devices being connected to the enterprise network, monitoring each device becomes difficult. But with MDM in place, each mobile device becomes a known entity and there will be thoroughly updated information available about each device, thus making it all transparent and secure.
Security guaranteed, to all devices
This is the most important aspect, the real purpose behind having an MDM program installed. It ensures maximum possible network and web security to all the devices- smartphones, tablets etc- that are connected to an enterprise network. It helps ensure and enable device encryption and also helps deploy email/WiFi settings remotely. It helps manage, monitor and secure each device with as maximum precision.
Security guaranteed, for all data
Using MDM software also helps ensure data security. It helps secure all data stored on the mobile devices connected to an enterprise network and also helps ensure that the organizational data or customers’ data stored on a company’s systems too don’t get stolen through any of these mobile devices. In addition to encrypting and securing each device, MDM software also helps lock or wipe devices that are lost or stolen.