If you see someone using a mobile device at your workplace, it most likely came from Apple.
iPhones and iPads account for nearly all of the smartphones and tablets used in the corporate world.
To make managing all of these devices easier, Apple created its Device Enrollment Program (DEP), designed to help qualifying businesses, K-12 schools, colleges and universities configure and deploy devices running on iOS and OS X.
The notion of being “disowned” isn’t a pleasant one, but the term takes on a different meaning when we talk about mobile devices.
Mobile devices are increasingly becoming part of the workspace thanks to the “bring your own device” movement, and companies have begun to adjust to this phenomenon by setting up what are known as mobile device management (MDM) programs.
An MDM program can help an organization – whether it’s a business, a school system or a government agency – integrate and keep track of its mobile devices, ensuring its technology is secure and functional as possible.
These terms are likely part of your lexicon if you’re in charge of technology where you work. If not, they will be soon.
MDM is “mobile device management,” while BYOD stands for “bring your own device,” and the two concepts are intertwined.
BYOD means what it sounds like. A company lets employees work using their own mobile devices, typically laptops, tablets or smartphones.
MDM is the practice of administering those devices, or company-owned mobile devices. It lets a company or organization secure, monitor, integrate and manage its mobile devices. The idea is to make sure that devices are as secure and functional as possible, while also protecting your network.
It’s also important to think about the value of your used mobile devices, and the importance of finding a re-seller who’s equipped to manage them when your organization wants to sell its assets.