TMCnews Featured Article
June 04, 2012
MobileIron is Helping to Enhance Mobile Device Management
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
As today’s workplace goes increasingly mobile, it has become exceedingly important for IT departments to find a way to integrate different technologies. Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, which are now regularly used to conduct business, can present issues for corporate networks that are unprepared to securely support such diverse equipment. Mobile device management services like those powered by MobileIron present a solution.
Bob Tinker, MobileIron’s CEO, says that mobility is a key trend that is growing worldwide, according to this Network World (News - Alert) report. And, in order to accommodate it, there needs to be a means of mobile device management.
For this reason, MobileIron was born, allowing seamless integration of various mobile devices, while protecting the security and strength of the networks used to support them. Tinker states that MobileIron was actually the first to clarify industry standards relating to mobile device management.
The industry is changing in that the days of having separate departments for security, device applications, and network management are numbered. The need for mobile device management demands the integration of these teams into one unified group, which is now being referred to as mobile IT.
Mobile device management services are important because they allow businesses the opportunity to deploy thousands of tablet PCs and smartphones without the extended support or costly addition of IT specialists. Mobile device management is also necessary because the introduction of incongruent devices into a work setting can present security issues and can open companies up to viruses.
While corporate IT departments can block certain functions or features, users are able to download whatever applications they want. The trend in mobility is forcing IT departments to be less rigid in their enforcement of boundaries – there’s less black and white and a lot more gray.
Tinker says he only sees the market for mobile device management services getting bigger over the next two years. This is because demand for mobile service apps is multiplying exponentially. Constructing mobile applications is no longer a multi-million dollar process. The reduction in cost has lowered the barriers to entry and has left the market flooded with a host of new companies creating their own apps.
And, Tinker believes that designers will focus on the creation of new apps for mobile devices first and personal computers second. The fact that mobile applications don’t have as many features makes them easier and more affordable to construct.
Vendors such as Apple and Google (News - Alert) are also responding to the need for mobile device management by building enterprise options into their operating systems. These companies realize the need for device integration as more people use their personal electronics for both work and social reasons. The ability to support multiple operation systems is at the heart of successful mobile device management.
Edited by Jamie Epstein