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Managing multiple tablets mdm software on the rise

  1. 1. Managing Multiple Tablets: MDM Software on the RiseRumor has it that the new iPad 3 is set to come out in March. Ever since thefirst iPad came out, it has held the spotlight for tablets. But other tablets,including Android tablets and the Kindle Fire, are starting to take centerstage. What does this mean for IT departments? It means that ITdepartments will have to find a way to manage multiple types of tablets in theworkplace. Mobile Device Management (MDM) software firms are explodingin the market as well as Mobile Document Management vendors. Can thesenew firms help your IT department manage the influx of multiple tabletplatforms? First, let’s explore what you’ll find beyond the iPad.It’s Not Just the iPad AnymoreIn many ways, the iPad willprobably stay the most populartablet in the workplace becauseof its popularity, its time on thetablet market and all thebusiness apps that are availableon the iOS. But Android iscoming fast as a secondcontender in the tablet space,especially since tablet providershave much more freedom when it comes to using the Android platform. Forpeople who want a more cost-effective tablet, they might turn to an Androidtablet like the Motorola Mobility Droid Xyboard, a Sony Tablet, or a SamsungGalaxy. The Android 4 platform will make these tempting options. WhenWindows 8 ARM comes out, it will spur new developments in the tabletmarket and beyond.To manage all of these mobile devices infiltrating the workplace, a newmarket of software has opened up that is seeking to solve mobile devicemanagement.What’s MDM Software?MDM software has been on the market for the past couple of years, but is nowstarting to pick up speed. MDM software addresses mobile security, andmanages enterprise devices and mobile access to appropriate company
  2. 2. data. Analysts predict that the MDM market will grow to at least a half billiondollars by 2014. When considering implementation of MDM software for yourcompany, keep in mind the following: Stage 1-Provide devices an enterprise persona: The first step in MDM is to give each device an enterprise persona by using an enterprise’s existing certificate authority to secure the device, which leverages security and network investments already made by an IT department. This gives IT teams peace of mind when it comes to securing and supporting enterprise mobile devices. Stage 2-Active management of all mobile devices: This ensures that all original enterprise personas remain intact. Users are given wide- ranging access to corporate resources, which include apps, email, secure directories and cloud-based file storage. At this stage, the IT teams create a clear guide for employees of what is acceptable for mobile use. Stage 3-Reduce service plan overages: This is accomplished with the MDM software API, which is designed to detect and reduce international plan overages.A positive aspect of MDM software is that it keeps users from losing personaldata upon leaving the company. The enterprise persona is simply removedwithout removing personal data such as music, apps, pictures, etc. MDMsoftware can also completely wipe an enterprise-owned device before issuingit to a new employee.Don’t Close Your EyesDoes mobile device management really matter? Yes. Are employees accessingcompany data on their mobile devices without your approval? Yes. Shouldyou go ahead and purchase a MDM solution? Not so fast. Gartner documented60 vendors in the MDM space last April, and there are at least 20+ vendorsthat have popped up since then. Many MDM vendors will eventually fold or beacquired by a competitor. Who the top players are right now remains to beseen. It would be wise to hold off until the market shakes out a bit and topplayers emerge. Look to the PC management market to get an idea of what thespace will eventually turn into.Have you considered implementing an MDM solution in your company?Read more: