Last month, results were released of a Redshift Research survey taken by 1,500 IT managers and executives in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Spain which was created to assess attitudes, fears and hopes towards using mobile tablets in the workplace. The results show pretty much what we’ve all been predicting – that mobile device usage in business – and therefore the need for Mobile Device Management – is on the rise.
In fact, there probably aren’t many companies (if any) who do not need to develop some kind of Mobile Device Management strategy, whether right now or in the near future. Afterall, for every 3 requests from employees to use a smartphone, one employee will request the usage of a tablet. 21% of companies in the USA and France say that their workforce are requesting tablets.
One of the main reasons this calls for Mobile Device Management is the worry over security issues that this brings up. Three-quarters of U.S. IT managers noted that new device usage would require new rules to maintain security compliance. 50% of respondents are looking to restrict which apps can be accessed on tablets, and IT managers generally agree that custom business applications are where employee efficiency will see a huge boost. 64% of those surveyed said that lost or stolen devices are a major security worry.
Mobile Device Management can take care of all of that – 2X MDM allows administrators to maintain secure communications and enforce a strong password policy. They can review what apps users have installed and remotely remove any that are unauthorized. What’s also useful is the ability to push apps to groups of devices simultaneously – that new custom built in-house app doesn’t need to get uploaded to the Android Market first and there’s no need to go chasing everybody to see if they got round to installing it. All the information is right there at your fingertips.
Security when a mobile device gets lost or stolen is also less of a concern with Mobile Device Management. With mobile tracking, administrators can see the real time location of connected devices in order to recover them if they get lost. In the meantime, the devices can be remotely locked to keep the data secure. When a device is unrecoverable, the remote wipe feature means that any data can be erased from it, and any attached SD cards, whether the device is connected to the internet or not.
The survey clearly shows the need to consider mobile devices in the workplace. Start implementing your Mobile Device Management strategy today by signing up for your free 2X MDM account.