Question: What are my options for mobile device management? What factors should play a role in my decision?
There are many Mobile Device Management (MDM) systems on the market today. The best choice would be to go with a single-vendor platform for both the management system and the devices.
Here are a few critical points to watch out for:
- Carefully plan the deployment options of the MDM system — in your own network or in the cloud, for example.
- Ensure your operating platforms are fully supported (mobile OS or firmware). You don’t want to end up with systems that are out of the control.
- Make sure the tool is compatible with your application environment, particularly your critical business applications such as email and any database applications.
- Ensure the MDM system supports the most critical features, such as deployment of your most critical applications, remote wipe, blocking of applications or application stores, and data backup.