How Mobile Device Management (MDM) Saves Time

Relying on IT personnel alone to keep technology assets connected, updated, and secure is no longer sustainable or realistic when considering the amount of devices companies and their employees need to use. Having a management process for your mobility strategy is increasingly critical for modern businesses. Presents three ways MDM can ensure your business saves time and money.

3 Ways MDM Saves Time

1. Deployment

IT personnel individually installing the necessary software and encryption for different devices can be time-consuming and detract from working on improving the company’s overall ICT ecosystem. This traditional route is especially complicated by BYOD mobility strategies as different encryption methods and additional staff training time to handle deploying and managing different devices may be required. Setting up 500 devices could take 375 hours of skilled IT resources that are simply not available to meet business deadlines.

Using a deployment program or automating MDM enables devices to be immediately configured with account settings, apps and access to services. This means IT do not need to physically access each device to complete set up, and allows employees and stakeholders to receive fully set up devices straight out of the box. This drastically reduces the deployment time required for devices, while allowing the IT team the ability to monitor, secure, support and manage mobile devices once deployed.

2. Management

MDM also improves the time spent on distributing data and applications to the devices. The issue of staff or stakeholders not bringing devices in for servicing and updates is redundant with MDM providing IT with a way to manage remotely and push apps or updates to the devices. Unnecessary time-wasting apps or those deemed unsafe for the organisation can be easily removed from devices or blocked from installation to help maximise user productivity, improve cash flow, and achieve company goals.

In fact, it’s easy to configure and manage different policies, settings, and access levels for different groups of users by creating and managing a blueprint —including everything from email, device security to WiFi networks. The ability to modify the blueprints as needed without having to take possession of the devices saves a great deal of time and inconvenience. Organisations can save up to 45 minutes per mobile device by implementing MDM, based on managing 1,000 devices over five years.

3. Security

With mobile device management, security is low maintenance and quick because unsecure apps can be blocked and devices wiped easily when needed. Minimising the risks of important information being leaked while ensuring IT staff aren’t required to monitor something the software can greatly save your company time. MDM allows IT staff to track devices with the help of Google Maps to see how a device is being used, or when and where a device might be lost for easy retrieval. Further, the devices or just the compartment containing confidential data can be quickly and easily completely erased via remote connection if lost, or the employee quits or is fired to ensure important data does not reach unsafe hands.

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