Network architectures used to be monolithic structures that simplified IT security, deployment and maintenance in large organisations. Those halcyon days seem long gone now with the unparalleled proliferation of mobile computing in the enterprise. Here are some of the mobile device management challenges your IT department is facing in the enterprise today.

Security

In a recent survey of IT professionals from a variety of businesses including Cisco, NETGEAR and Accenture, Computer Business Review found security is the number one challenge for enterprise mobility. As employees continue to bring their own devices (BYOD) to your company, the IT department has to figure out security protocols for hundreds of different smartphones and mobile devices. Each employee has preferred apps and programs, which creates serious compliance and security concerns.

Device Management

It’s almost impossible to keep up with the speed in whichsmartphones and mobile devices are produced — new models appear faster every year, yet your IT managers are tasked with blending these devices with the organisation’s enterprise system. Even when you use a mobile device management (MDM) solution, the system can reduce productivity and hinder the flexibility that the devices were intended to provide in the first place.

Remote Employees

One of the greatest challenges in a mobile workforce is contained in its very definition. Mobile workers are on the go, operating far from the command and control that IT supports readily at your office. Increased mobility allows employees to open new markets, develop relationships and provide better service to customers around the globe. At the same time, support and compliance requirements for a myriad of devices deployed in far-flung locations demands a smooth, streamlined approach.

Lack of Skilled Workers

Perhaps one of the biggest hurdles facing mobility management in your firm is not the technology itself, but the lack of skilled workers. As hackers continue to wreak havoc, and a plethora of devices create ongoing security challenges, it’s difficult to find qualified tech personnel who can quickly adapt to this demanding environment.

Cloud-based software mobile management addresses many of these concerns. Accessed through a web browser, it fully automates the implementation and administration of mobile fleets with a single dashboard. It seamlessly handles the procurement, security, assistance, control and governance of the wide variety of smartphones, tablets and telemetry devices used by your workforce. To learn more, download our free eBook on Managed Services.