Corporate mobile management policies beginning to shift

For the most part, companies considering how they are going to manage mobile devices effectively, especially in light of the bring-your-own-device movement, have been focusing on security requirements. While that issue is still prevalent, more businesses are realizing that implementing mobile device infrastructure also creates considerable cost and IT management challenges.

According to a recent IT Business Edge report, this shift in how many organizations look at mobile devices is leading to adjustments in how they support them. Industry expert Brian Reed told the news source that organizations implementing mobile device management and similar technologies are no longer focusing almost solely on security, but are instead working to integrate MDM with traditional IT management solutions. This change has come because more businesses are striving to control mobile costs and improve how their traditional IT systems and mobile devices interact.

Reed told IT Business Edge that most MDM solutions function separately from the IT department as a whole, leading to considerable costs as IT employees have to divert time and resources away from other tasks to deal with the MDM requirements. Companies are increasingly working to alleviate this cost burden by integrating MDM with other IT management systems to enable more efficient operations.

To accomplish this lofty goal, Reed told IT Business Edge that businesses need an MDM solution that is not only scalable, but also capable of providing a foundation for automation, centralized databases, real-time data gathering and traditional MDM functions, such as meeting regulatory and security requirements.

While MDM as a core mobile and IT management tool can be effective for businesses, it can also be extremely difficult to get the results companies want without the proper support for mobile initiatives alongside other corporate goals. This need underlines an overarching theme in enterprise mobility plans – the need to strategically deploy mobile technologies alongside other IT tools. Mobile can no longer function as an isolated entity in the corporate landscape. Instead, companies need to implement business process management software and similar solutions that help them break down the walls between diverse technological systems.

Essentially, mobile, social, cloud and traditional IT systems all have to align and work together seamlessly to support company goals. When this is accomplished, the technological advances can enable process-level improvements that have a major impact on how companies function.