MobilityHowever, the sharp increase in the number of devices in the corporate network also implies the need for both the management of smartphones and tablets and the management of the network itself and the applications used by the users “in the field”. For this area, a new term describing a set of tools for managing mobile devices has been established: Mobile Device Management (MDM). Its basis is effective management of smart mobile devices from a single point, i.e. from a distance, both efficiently and reliably, regardless of the device type or the operating system used.
Unlike conventional forms of device management, MDM has a lot of advantages, such as remote setting of all key device parameters or a high level of security of both the device itself and the data accessed via a smartphone or tablet. Of course, company information is in most cases far more valuable than the device itself. If the phone or tablet is lost or stolen, it is possible to use MDM remotely to erase the entire contents of the device or block it for further use.
In general, the security of mobile devices is a trend often solved in relation to the high penetration of mobile devices and mobile applications in corporate networks. The basic safety rules and policies include locking devices, including automatic locking when idle, encryption of the internal memory, and limitations of system functions, e.g. the prohibition of the application installation by the user.
In addition, it is necessary to take care of the equipment itself and the applications run by smart devices users. In respect to the broad portfolio of smartphones and tablets, especially those with Android OS, MDM is a necessary part of application care. Thanks to specialized programs, you can perform bulk management of applications on all selected devices. It is easy to delete unwanted applications remotely and install others.
With central device management, you can also configure e-mail, connect smartphones and tablets into the corporate VPN, or allow connecting devices to Wi-Fi networks. MDM also makes the registration of the individual equipment and application inventory for administrative or accounting purposes easier.
Corporate customers are more and more interested in the MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platform) solution, which is a comprehensive set of products for the development and deployment of mobile applications. According to Gartner analysts, there is a “rule of three”: if a company uses three or more mobile applications, three or more operating systems, and at least three back-end data sources, it should deploy MEAP.
Even in the relatively new field of mobility, S&T has an integrated solution available. For Mobile Device Management (MDM), S&T has several partner solutions supporting all key operating systems for mobile devices, i.e. Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone from Microsoft, and Nokia’s Symbian.
Thanks to the properly selected, installed and operated MDM software, including proper training from S&T experts, a responsible IT manager can configure the company mobile devices, provide multi-security, and monitor the use of the devices. The support for tablets and smartphones in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) mode is a matter of course. In MDM, we specialize in Mobile Iron solutions; in the Microsoft environment, we specialize in the Microsoft System Center and Intune.
S&T Group also has its own technology for mobility – Sevice2go, the MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platform) solution of the subsidiary company AMIT.
Products and solutions:
– Mobile Iron
– Citrix XenMobile
– Citrix Zenprice
– Microsoft System center, Intune
– Microsoft Office 365