Mobile Device Management – Guide to Find the Right One for Your Business

October 22, 2016

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Smartphone addiction is on the rise in India and people are increasingly using mobile devices for official purposes as well. As employee access sensitive corporate resources on mobile devices, they bring some serious challenges to device & data security. This is why organizations are looking for specialist Mobile Device Management providers to reap the potential of enterprise mobility with effective tools.

Find the Desired Delivery Mechanism

An increase in the demand of device management solutions has led to the emergence of many vendors with different delivery mechanisms. Depending on your business’ mobility needs, investment budget, and staff expertise, you should choose the best model for you.

  • Premise Based Model: For businesses having skilled staff and huge resources to invest, you should choose a premise-based solution. This type of model offers you a high control on the security & the administration of your mobile ecosystem.
  • Cloud-based or Software-as-a-Service Model: In case you don’t have, or are not willing to make, a large up-front investment, or don’t want in-house server maintenance hassles, you should consider this option. This type of mobility management solution can be availed by paying a monthly/annual fee.
  • Managed Services: This type allows businesses to deliver efficient mobility management with an external team to manage devices as well along with off-site server maintenance services

Out of these, the SaaS mechanism is preferred the most as it reduces the cost of investment for businesses, while keeping the management control in-house.

Selecting the Right Vendor

Management & security features like remote lock/wipe, policy enforcement, and others are important, but are commonly available in almost all Mobile Device Management Solution. Thus, you need to compare other features and aspects to select the right MDM vendor for your mobility needs.

  • Ease of Deployment: With a mobile enterprise, addition of new phones to the solution is not a one-time job, but a regular practice. So, the vendor should offer an efficient and easy-to-deploy mechanism for new devices in your system.
  • Application & Browser Security: Apart from the basic security features, some vendors do offer inbuilt support to scan for malicious apps. In addition to this, support for secure browsing through a custom browser helps reduce the risks of breaches or attacks.
  • Architecture: Vendor’s approach to the mobility management tool (virtualization, sandboxing, or integrated) and the architecture of the solution are vital factors. These can help you understand the type of technology used and if it is going to meet your business’ long-term plans for mobility.
  • Mobile Device Platforms Supported: Though different solutions offer support for multiple hardware and OS platforms, but Indian market majorly comprises of Android devices. So, the MDM solution should be capable of being deployed for Android-based smartphones and tablets.
  • Customized Solutions: A business can implement Mobility management in a better manner with custom attributes of the business. Thus, you should look for the vendor that can deliver a solution tailor-made to your business needs, and not a pre-built one.
  • Free Trial: Though not a part of the feature or characteristic set, this is another important parameter while selecting the right solution provider. A vendor that offers free trial is likely to be better than others, and can be tested before investing in the solution for your business.

Thus, by now, you are able to choose the right mobility management solution provider for your business. DeviceMax offers a comprehensive, customized device management tool for enterprises, and can be tested with the free 30-day trial, for its efficiency and business benefits.