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Mobile Device Management

By - Kalyan Paluri | 14 Aug 2014

Everyone loves their nifty little gadgets and feel that they just can’t live without them. From infants to the aged, every individual has become a mobile-device-aholics and wants to carry around their prized possession.  But, when it comes to workplace, the restrictions and strict policies bar you from bringing in those fancy tabs and costly gadgets. That’s where Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) comes in, which allows you to use personal device at work.

BYOD allows employees, students, visitors, etc. to use their mobile devices on the organization’s secure wireless network. No wonder the BYOD revolution has become a raging trend globally which has helped organizations’ spare big bucks on mobile device expenses and also makes their employees happy. Of course, as with anything else, there are numerous pros and cons which organizations must consider before jumping into a BYOD plan.

Bring your own device (BYOD) (also called Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP), and Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC)) refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications.

BYOD provides services on Mobile Application Management (MAM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM). As administrator, MDM allows you to remotely control, secure the mobile devices for any organization’s users.

MDM software enables corporate IT departments to manage numerous mobile devices used across the enterprise; consequently, over-the-air capabilities are in high demand. Enterprises using OTA SMS as part of their MDM infrastructure demand high quality in the sending of OTA messages, which ensures SMS gateway providers, offer a high level of quality and reliability.

What does MDM allow you to do?

Enroll Device: The MDM administrator can control the devices which are enrolled in the organization. To control the devices within the organization, administrator sends the enrolment request and the device gets enrolled on the acceptance of the request.

View Inventory on Device: Once the device is enrolled, the administrator can see all the apps (irrespective of the organization apps) which are installed on the device.

Lock/Unlock & Assist: Administrator can control some of the features such as lock device, unlock device and can remotely assist users of the device.

Wipe Device: To make sure the organization’s apps are secure, the administrator has privilege to wipe the organization related data or cache.

Un-enroll Device: If user moves out of the organization and no longer uses the applications, the administrator can withdraw the device. The user cannot control the device once it is withdrawn from the MDM service.

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