Mobile Device Management: What’s Your MDM-ology?

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We all know you are looking at your bracket at least once a day – or maybe once an hour. (But who’s counting?) So you can bet that your employees and colleagues are doing the same (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Whether you are using your tablet, smartphone or desktop – it’s so much easier when you can access your picks from any device – regardless of whether you are at home or at work.

Brackets aside, more and more people are using these very same devices for their work as well. Business networks, data centers and documents are not only accessed by employees via their workstations, but also by smart phones, tablets, notebook computers and other handheld devices. This proliferation of devices in the workplace is referred to as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

BYOD can offer many advantages for businesses and employees – including convenience, anywhere, anytime access and an informed, mobile workforce. But the risks to your business are many, and without a clear mobile device management strategy you may be compromising the integrity of your assets. 

Experts believe that more than 50% of the smartphones being used by employees aren’t company owned and that these workers access corporate applications and data through their own mobile devices.*

Any enterprise resource planning should include elements for leveraging smartphones, laptops and tablets as part of an overall data strategy. Many companies are reaping the benefits of moving to cloud document management solutions that allow access to shared business resources from these devices.

As you move to mobilize your business, ensure protection of your business intelligence by putting policies in place for:

Compliance
Review compliance requirements for your industry to create policies for sharing information on mobile devices.

Security
Develop guidelines for password control and data encryption to ensure remote access is safe, and that access can be turned off remotely for employees that leave the company.

Applications
Identify the devices and applications that are acceptable for business use. 

Deployment
Determine if your organization would benefit from a cloud-hosted service or internally as a Service Oriented Architecture model (SOA).

With a clear communication plan, both you and your employees can use technology to stay on top of your game. But don’t forget – with many new players, and new gadgets invented daily, your plan has to be fluid enough to adapt to the ever-changing technology landscape. By creating an offensive strategy you can work towards an effective and informed business solution.

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*Source: http://cloudtimes.org/2013/03/14/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-byod/