Mobile Device Management Must Support All Operating Systems, Devices
October 16, 2013
By Susan J. Campbell
, TMCnet Contributing Editor
The mobility of our society has a lot of IT managers anxious about how this will impact the operation of the corporate network. It’s great that professionals on the go can access the corporate network as needed, but tracking mobile devices in the field has become a challenging priority. For that reason, there is a growing demand for mobile device management.
One provider in this space, MobileIron, brings a wide variety of tools to the market, assisting the IT manager as he or she tries to keep tabs on the myriad of devices now tapping into network resources. The company also offers broad support for mobile operating systems to ensure users and corporations can select the device that makes sense for their needs and not simply what fits into the monitoring package.
To that end, MobileIron provides IT with the ability to support selected devices in an environment that is both stable and secure. The company’s commitment to a multi-OS environment ensures users can get what they want, which means the ability to work on the preferred device regardless of whether it’s owned by the company or the individual. At the same time, IT gets what it needs – the ability to securely support the requirements of the user without going outside of network protocol.
Such a move to support all mobile operating systems is essential, as the days of the single environment are over. This concept was explored in a recent MobileIron video. As ours is a consumerized world, devices and operating systems will change rapidly over time. To stay on top of – or in front of – this fast-paced evolution, companies have to have the tools to anticipate newer developments, allowing them to continue to protect the user and the network.
This was the concept on which MobileIron was built. The idea was to be able to support an environment where multiple devices, operating systems and user preferences were in place, with changes taking place each year. It wasn’t enough to just develop mobile device management solutions for the enterprise. Those solutions had to be nimble, flexible and innovative in order to keep pace with the advancements in the market.
Organizations everywhere will be looking to mobile device management to help maintain control over those devices that access the network. With the constant change happening in the mobile environment, those solutions have to be agile enough to change as well or the control and protection they are meant to provide could fall short in a fast-paced environment.
Edited by Blaise McNamee