How Mobile Device Management Is Shaping Small Business Tech
It was announced on January 22, 2009, that newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama would keep his beloved Blackberry device for personal and business use. Then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the President had made a compromise to keep the device, but security was still the primary concern of the National Security Agency and Secret Service when it came to protecting the data transmitted from the phone.
Beyond the Oval Office
This problem is not exclusive to the Oval Office, as small businesses are now grabbling with a growing number of different devices and operating systems in their networks. Mobile device management (MDM) software is available to offer solutions for companies trying to find that happy medium in accommodating all the Androids, iPads and Windows-based devices that are becoming part of the modern network without sacrificing security and confidentiality. Keeping sensitive information secure is paramount in today’s digitally-dependent world. Companies like VaultLogix use online backup as a way to ensure safety of private information held on PC’s.
A study released by IHS iSuppli Compute Platforms Service in October showed that sales of PCs will drop each and every year beyond 2012. This prediction was confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, when it published a report in early October indicating third quarter sales of PCs are down eight percent from the previous quarter. This trend can be partially attributed to companies adopting a policy known as BYOD (bring your own device) which employees’ personal tablets and Smartphones are used for business purposes in lieu of a traditional PC.
This trend has made the job of IT personnel much more difficult, but is also the reason MDM software has become a top priority for company networks. The problem is finding MDM software which is compatible with all of your company’s various applications and operating systems. Android and iOS have several different versions for their various products (for instance, the Samsung and HTC versions of Android) and have new security concerns each time a new version is released.
This is why companies are exercising their due diligence in selecting the proper MDM software for them. Online backup services can protect your network in case of total failure, but cannot prevent embarrassing and potentially damaging leaks to business networks without adequate MDM software. Small businesses determine beforehand if the MDM can quickly patch security leaks and handle all the different devices’ operating systems which may be present on the network.
To the Cloud
Fiberlinks, a mobility management and cloud-based solutions company, announced today their new MDM solution called MaaS360, which supports all different versions of the Windows 8 operating system. The latest version of the Microsoft OS is available for most all mobile devices, which could encourage companies to make it policy for their employees to install the operating system if possible on their BYOD’s.
MaaS360 can also manage iOS and Android devices on the same network all from one console, according to their website. Windows 8 for mobile devices is still not on the same level as far as market share with iOS and Android, but that could change with the release of Windows Phone 8 this week and the compatibility factor thereof.