In today’s world of enhanced and almost constant connectivity, it is hard to have a moment in the workplace where the employees are not engaged in some form of communication or the other through a plethora of devices. Data transfer through mobile and desktop applications and programs is a near constant process and involves the movement of massive amounts of information. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is the area of corporate administration that seeks to come up with strategies that help better manage this interconnected web of employee owned devices.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a key area of strategic importance in the modern workplace that seeks to optimise and better manage the rising growth of personal communication devices that are used by employees for professional purposes. The advent of portable communication devices has seen a boom in the electronics industry with a variety of devices that cater to varying needs and functions viz. tablets, mobile phones, Personal Data Assistants (PDA) etc.
This presents both a problem and an opportunity for a corporation in trying to regulate the use of such devices by employees in a way that ensures no drop in productivity and if possible, even a growth. For example, a personal tablet with a compatible operating system and network connectivity can be used by an employee to complete work tasks on the go, thereby enabling a reduction in processing time as well as an increased output of work. However, this is complicated by several issues such as security risks, data consistency and continuity and transfer of the work process from platform to platform which depends on the method of handover.
It is in this aspect of Enterprise Mobility Management that Mobile Device Management occupies a chief hierarchical position that oversees mobile device security.