MOBILITY / MDM SOLUTIONS - Overview

Most mobile device management solutions provide organizations with end to end security meaning the mobile apps, network and data used by the mobile device in addition to the mobile device itself are managed by an organization's IT department with a single mobile device software product.

Some enterprise MDM solutions combine mobile security and expense management in a single product. Depending on the vendor and what specific features it supports, you can typically expect mobile device management software to contain some or all of the following features:  Management and support of mobile applications, Mobile policy management, Inventory management, Security management and Telecom service management.

BYOD (bring your own device) is driven by employees who use popular consumer market technologies and devices at home and bring these personal devices and online services in the workplace. 

BYOD security often refers to just the devices like smartphones,iPad and Android-based tablets and laptop computersbut BYOD can also be used to describe personal online service accountsthat are also used by employees in the workplace.

The widespread proliferation of consumerization of IT means more personal consumer computing devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets are brought to the workplace by employees for use and connectivity on the corporate network. The phrase BYODhas become widely adopted to refer to these employees. Today's category of mobile device management software is one way that an organization can deliver secure mobile solutions to its BYOD workforce.

The mobile device management (MDM) market is growing rapidly.A recent revision prediction increased the size of the MDM market in 2015 from $3.9 billion to $6.6 billion worldwide. That's a huge revision.

A large part of that increase will be driven by a shift from a focus on managing mobile devices and their security to building mobile app stores and managing the growing pool of apps and data on a growing range of smartphones and tablets.

Additionallythe need for MDM in the enterprise is being driven strongly by the current trend toward corporate bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies.The variety of different OSes that need to be supported in the enterprise drive the need for MDM. Most employees understand that there’s going to be an inevitable tradeoff between being able to choose their own mobile device and giving their company access to the data on that device.

An enterprise can’t treat every device and every piece of data the same way and thus an MDM platform allows you to

  •  segment the data based upon different levels of security
  •  segment the users based upon the different levels of security
  •  make sure that you have the right practices in place for each of those different segments