Is MDM overkill for BYOD and your company?

Is MDM overkill for BYOD and your company?

Is MDM overkill for BYOD and your company?

2 comments 📅19 February 2016, 02:45

Is MDM overkill for BYOD and your company?

HiRes1 300x203 Is MDM Overkill For BYOD? By Sam Liu, VP Marketing, Partnerpedia

With BYOD (bring your own device) being a top-of-mind issue for nearly every company these days, it seems much of the focus is on Mobile Device Management (MDM) of late.

But is MDM right for your company or is it overkill?

The short answer is: it depends on what your organisation’s enterprise mobility goals and overall policies are.

In a situation where company-owned devices are commonplace and the right to use includes a strict corporate security policy, MDM may be the right solution to help lockdown and control smartphones and tablets.

From that perspective, the mobile devices your staff uses aren’t personal devices, thus it’s sensible to deploy a solution that controls, monitors, and enforces corporate policies.

MDM, after all, is an IT security and management tool rather than an end-user productivity asset.

But therein lies a problem: MDM is such a security-focused, top-down technology (and its implementation can be quite a complex affair) that it puts much burden on the device to the point that the user might feel like ‘Big Brother is watching’.

What’s more, if the device in question is the employee’s own personal iPhone, iPad, or Android-based device – i.e. BYOD – the heavy-handed approach may not sit too well with your employees or contractors.

From a personal point of view, no one wants their employer to be able to see and/or control what’s on their own mobile device.

Now to be fair, some MDM solutions can be configured in such a way to separate the two. But that can be both overly complex to deploy and is of little comfort for the average user. The fact remains that with an MDM solution resident on personal smartphones or tablets, administrators can technically take control of that device without warning.

On the other hand, Enterprise App Store approaches to Mobile App Management applies to specific applications on a device versus the mobile device itself.

Companies that adopt the consumer app store paradigm for BYOD will find the best of both worlds: employees’ personal privacy and liability is respected while the business is able to maintain a level of control over its own digital assets.

Establishing a private Enterprise App Store is far easier to deploy than MDM given many are cloud-based, SaaS solutions such as the Enterprise AppZone.

For an organisation’s user base, there’s little to dislike. It’s a familiar consumer-style app store that can be stocked with enterprise iOS or Android apps.

That said, enterprise app stores and MDM can work well together to form an overall corporate policy around enterprise mobility: MDM for security and control over the company’s devices and an Enterprise App Store for BYOD, apps, and end-user productivity.

How is your organisation tackling BYOD?


    24 February 2016, 02:45 KlausWillSeeYouNow

    4 > 3, that’s why. Reducing the number of playe1 in the industry is not a good thing for co1ume1. Competition could have been impacted.

    Reply to this comment
Steve McCann
    29 February 2016, 02:45 Steve McCann


    Reply to this comment

Leave a comment