Bring your own device (BYOD) programs have led to a number of benefits for organizations and their employees alike. Increased productivity and worker satisfaction as well as cost savings are just a few of the perks of this type of mobile arrangement. Since there may be so many different devices brought in by staff members, support requirements can quickly become complex.
Many, Many Choices
The list of available devices is absolutely massive and grows larger by the day. Between wearable technology, smartphones, tablets, and laptops, the array of operating systems and connections that must be supported are nearly uncountable. As one can imagine, vetting each new device type and helping users get connected would take vast amounts of time. No longer are the specifications for company-connected devices a static document.
Managing Devices on a Large Scale
A typical mobile device management (MDM) program has the goals of quickly provisioning new devices, keeping security strong, and reducing risk that may be present as a result of multiple connections and access points. Lost or stolen devices create a hazard to company assets and must be effectively shut down as soon as the device has gone astray. The system must be continuously scanned for rogue or unknown devices, which need to be blocked from the network. With so many emerging technology items, missing one during a scan is not an unlikely event.
Help on the Horizon
As MDM software continues to evolve, the key focus will be on automation of the tasks involved in the day-to-day procedures of mobile management. Common tasks such as connecting to email and company WiFi (or configuring remote VPN) will be fast and simple. Security standards such as mandatory antivirus suites, device pass codes, or encryption will illustrate a perspective of standardization despite countless device models. Monitoring and reporting tools will grow stronger and be better able to handle the myriad of connected objects from a more high-level approach.
Business has benefited immensely from BYOD programs, and it is likely the focus will remain on supporting mobile devices in any manner possible. With an effective vendor partnership and powerful new tools, this colossal array of “things” brought in by employees can be adequately supported and secured. For more information on establishing a comprehensive MDM strategy, contact Copper State Communications today.