Mobile device management (MDM) doesn’t need to be complicated. Here’s why simple MDM for Android and iOS is often better for meeting goals in the areas of security, productivity and privacy.
Mobile device management systems have existed for a long time. The first simple MDM systems existed decades ago when mobile phones could be managed on the basis of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) standard.
These older phones have nothing in common with today’s iOS and Android smartphones though, except for their telephoning capability. Once the iPhone ushered in the era of smartphones, and with it a massive explosion of other functions, it made simple management both a necessity and a challenge. Android soon followed the iPhone and now Android and iOS have established themselves as the two alternatives for enterprise mobility on equal footing.
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Simple MDM for Android and iOS
The manufacturers of MDM for Android and iOS devices have not stopped with the management of iOS and Android however. Instead, platforms such as MobileIron or AirWatch have developed into very comprehensive, but also very complex so-called Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solutions – anything but the approach of a simple MDM.
Simplicity is however important, because security and data protection are not only a question of functionality, but also of clarity. Only this allows the IT administrators responsible to not only react quickly, but to also swiftly and purposefully intervene when necessary.
Elements of a Simple MDM for Android and iOS
A simple MDM for Android and iOS includes above all the fast and uncomplicated on-boarding and ready to be used in just a few minutes. Furthermore, the simple MDM administration interface should be as similar as possible for both platforms.
The process is also greatly simplified if MDM vendor is also authorized by Google to configure zero-touch devices. This important Android device management feature simplifies the roll out of Android devices quite significantly.
The functionality of a simple MDM for Android and iOS is rounded off by ready-to-use templates, e.g. for implementing GDPR requirements.
Many companies already have a mature strategy to manage their desktops. The mobile end devices usually have to catch up here, therefore it is for many enterprises the better strategy to select a simple MDM for Android and iOS which can be set up within minutes, rather than a comprehensive introduction of a UEM system.
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