In 2018, only 4 years from now, Juniper Research estimates that the number of employee-owned smartphones and tablets used at work will exceed 1 billion. That does not even include the volume of student owned devices hitting our schools!
When you begin any type of BYOD (bring your own device) rollout, it is essential to include a plan for a proper mobile device management solution. Such a solution is a huge piece of every IT’s administrative tool kit and gives appropriate control over the devices on your network. With a proper solution the ability to secure, monitor, manage and support mobile devices becomes a reality. A part of that reality will also include maintained security, a reduction of costs and ensured compliance with established guidelines. With many IT departments that are overly extended it is important to know what to look for when deciding on a Mobile Device Management Solution that is simple and scalable and takes away the higher costs and headaches already placed on an overburdened IT staff or school budget.
Here are some features you should look for in a proper Mobile Device Management Solution to handle BYOD:
- Scalability: MDM solutions offered should come with flexible scalability that can be implemented quickly, deliver value immediately and control mobility globally. The solution should be able to take you from 10 devices to thousands.
- Ability to Manage Multiple Manufactured Devices: Look for a solution with a rich feature set that will be able to grow and adapt to new technologies.
- Flexible Policies: Pin and Password policy configuration to prevent unauthorized use of lost or stolen devices is a must and provision of consistent tools for application and definition of logical policies to devices running different OSes lies paramount.
- Visibility: Solutions with visibility into each device accessing your corporate application and content can help identify users and their job functions. The ability to see the OS mobile apps and versions that are located on the devices is also a crucially important tool for strategic planning.
Employee and student owned devices are quickly becoming more customary and greater visibility can help you take control of your multi-device environment. Research the right Mobile Device Management Solution for you. For further help and resources contact us here. We would be happy to answer any questions and guide you in the right direction toward the right MDM solution for your schools BYOD solution.