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Scottish Legal Firm Implements Mobile Device Management Provider MobileIron's BYOD Program


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March 20, 2012

Scottish Legal Firm Implements Mobile Device Management Provider MobileIron's BYOD Program

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Maclay Murray and Spens LLP (MMS), one of Scotland's oldest commercial law firms with offices in Aberdeen (News - Alert), Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London, has selected mobile device management provider MobileIron to power a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program for both its Android (News - Alert) and iPad users.

MobileIron is an innovator in enterprise management and security for mobile devices and apps. And the legal firm said that after evaluating a number of solutions from other vendors, it selected the company because of its ability to protect the user experience and, at the same time, provide superior visibility and control capabilities across the full spectrum of operating systems.

"It became clear our corporate-owned, BlackBerry (News - Alert)-only mobile policy was no longer fulfilling the mobile demands of our employees. As the consumer smartphone market matured, the demand to use other devices like iPads, and to have the option to use personal iPhone (News - Alert) or Android devices for work, has grown significantly," said Crawford Hawley-Groat, director of IT at MMS, in a statement.

Nowadays, many lawyers are constantly on the go, requiring mobile solutions when visiting clients and courtrooms.

“Tablet-based computing provides the versatility needed to do this. It became clear that devising a secure approach to providing a different range of corporate devices alongside a BYOD policy would enable us to support iPad use, as well as provide the smartphone choice to our users in a secure and controlled fashion," Hawley-Groat added."Ensuring that the user experience is the right one is especially significant when employees are using their own devices."

Working closely with trusted partner, Bridgeway Security Solutions, MMS began to leverage MobileIron’s solutions across its existing corporate-owned mobile estate and successfully launched a BYOD program across the entire firm.

John Howell of Bridgeway Security Solutions said that MMS wanted to provide its users with access to corporate information from personal or corporately owned devices but needed the security and management capabilities to do so. At the same time, they wanted to ensure that this wouldn’t impact the user's native experience of the device.

"Following a short trial, MMS implemented MobileIron across the entire organization. The IT department can now say 'yes' to any device its employees wish to use,” Howell commented. “Kitted with the management capabilities they need, they now have the visibility and control they require to manage these devices without impacting on the user. They now have confidence that if an employee's device is lost or stolen that corporate information can be wiped remotely at the touch of a button.”

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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