Mobile devices, tablets, personal computers and third-party applications now have a much more prominent role in the workplace in the age of the empowered employee. This has become a bigger issue in recent years as hackers have shifted to meet these mobile workers on new platforms. The Atlantic said to help control security issues and to bridge gaps between inconsistencies, companies can use mobile device management tools and services to help make things easier.
"Mobile device management providers offer many different services custom-tailored for the corporate world, including mobile device security and application management, as well as content and email server management," according to Dave Winzelberg, a reporter for the website. "Companies … achieve this using client-side software that allows comprehensive IT control over the implementation of the company's email server, which can be suitable even for corporations of massive scale."
With these services in place, companies can more easily get messages out to their fleet of devices and overcome obstacles in the cyberworld, the Atlantic said. A management solution will also help avoid security issues, communication breakdowns and will help keep employees on the same page instead of having issues.
Getting started and succeeding in mobile device management
"Enterprises must plan now for the mobile devices of the future that they don't even know of yet," Kevin Benedict, principal analyst at Netcentric Strategies, told Computerworld. "So you build an infrastructure that says it doesn't care what devices are on the end of it and you have a framework that you just plug into."
However, in order to get to this point, companies must have sound strategies in place to help make things run successfully within the company. The website said the first decisions a company should make regarding mobile device management will be which devices the employees are authorized to use, what kind of policies will be in place and who will pay for what. With these issues taken care of, things can become much more clear for both employer and employee on how a device management system will work within the company.
One expert told Computerworld that businesses must also make sure, no matter if the employees are bringing in their own devices or the company is supplying them, that they have the level of support available so that there is no personal data lost. This can be written into a mobile policy and will make dealing with data protection in a mobile policy much easier.
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