Proper MDM strategy becoming priority for IT departments

The month of mobile technology is just about over. Tech giants including Apple, Microsoft and Google have introduced new smartphones and tablets and, by the end of the holiday shopping season, there are sure to be a number mobile devices that could find their way into offices around the country. Because of this, IT departments will need to focus more than ever on mobile device management (MDM).

For many IT decision makers, MDM will become a top priority. this is backed up by information presented by Gartner analysts during the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. According to the data, over the next five years, 65 percent of organizations will adopt some form of MDM systems. This will be done to stay ahead of the security concerns that these devices can bring.

During the presentation, analysts put the the devices into three categories: trusted devices that the company has provided, those that are allowed and those that are not. The interest in devices is growing and the analysts predicted that by 2017, 90 percent of businesses will support two or more mobile operating systems.

“Organizations will find it hard to achieve an efficient mobile-support system if all platforms are not managed the same way under enterprise requirements,” said Phil Redman, research vice president at Gartner. “Like PCs, mobile devices are forms of client access devices, and the policies for them should be similar in strength but optimized for mobile usage to those governing PCs.”

With mobile devices becoming more important to business workflow, IT departments are going to need to ensure their infrastructure, networking solutions, security protocols and MDM practices – among other things – are solid. Companies in Ohio that are looking improve these options would be wise to partner with an IT consulting firm.

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