Before we dive into the benefits
of MDM solutions, let’s first
look at how MDM works. MDM stands full mobile device management. It is a process that
is used for setting up, securing, and remotely controlling mobile devices –
particularly those used in the workplace.
main MDM functions are actually built into the device’s software, but usage can be enhanced by other MDM software. As this system is
built into the phone’s operating system, this means that MDM solutions have
access to root level control. It allows those with access to fully control and
manage the device remotely.
Why is MDM important for your
MDM has many benefits, some varying with
organization type. However, the benefits below impact almost all companies
Security – It allows for the
remote setup, securing, and wiping of mobile devices. This means that they are
more secure no matter where they are, even if staff are taking company devices
home. Should a device be lost or stolen, the company can still control it,
which means a private data can be removed remotely. It also means that standard
setups can be applied to any new devices for the company.
Monitoring and Reports – MDM
solutions can monitor all actions on all device types, and deliver effective
reports to management level staff. This allows management to see the problems
and get the statistics that they need, without the effort that is normally
involved in manually putting in these figures together.
Alerts – Alerts can be set up to trigger when certain actions are made. These can help to prevent dangerous mistakes, sabotage within the company, or when something is happening that shouldn’t be happening. These alerts can help to save money, increase productivity, and prevent unnecessary costs.
Staff– once devices are being monitored, and staff
know that actions are being recorded, it normally motivates them to work
harder. This is because a manager can choose to review the actions of staff at
any time, and will receive alerts and reports.
Accuracy – As recorded actions
increases personal responsibility, staff will take more care with their work. Having
reports of app usage, internet time, URLs and more, also means that client
invoicing can be more focused than staff estimating how much time they spent on
a specific job.
In simple terms, using MDM solutions will make your business more efficient, more secure, and more productive. What owner doesn’t want that? And as MDM solutions are both flexible and affordable, they can be implemented no matter how big or small your company is.
However, although things are mostly good,
be sure to check the laws for your state.
MDM can be used in most areas, but some features may need tweaking or possibly
disabling. You may also have a legal
responsibility to inform your staff that they will be monitored and exactly
what you monitor. If this sounds a bit daunting, don’t threat, a good MDM
specialist will be able to provide you with the perfect plan and advise you how
to introduce their systems without running into issues.
About Author: Chris Fraser
Chris has served as a business advisor to a big list of small and micro businesses; localized businesses and social enterprise in particular. Chris is also an avid reader and loves to stay updated about latest tech and innovation.