Why is Mobile Device Management (MDM) Important?

Why is Mobile Device Management (MDM) Important?

Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, have become an integral part of modern business operations in South Africa. These devices enable employees to work remotely, stay connected with clients, and access important business information on the go. However, with the rise in the use of mobile devices in the workplace, there is an increased need for companies to manage these devices effectively. This is where mobile device management (MDM) software comes in.

MDM software is a type of software that enables companies to manage and monitor mobile devices used by employees remotely. This software allows companies to control and monitor access to company data, remotely wipe data from lost or stolen devices, and enforce security policies to protect against data breaches.

MDM software is particularly important for South African companies due to the country's high rate of mobile device usage. According to a report by Statista, the number of smartphone users in South Africa is expected to reach 29.7 million in 2023. This high level of mobile device usage presents a significant security risk for companies, as employees may access sensitive company data on their personal devices or connect to unsecured public Wi-Fi networks.

MDM software can help South African companies to mitigate these security risks by providing a centralized platform to manage and secure all mobile devices used by employees. This software enables companies to remotely control and monitor the use of mobile devices, enforce security policies, and track the location of devices in case of loss or theft.

Furthermore, MDM software also helps to increase employee productivity by enabling them to work remotely and access important business data on the go. This software allows employees to access company data securely from anywhere, enabling them to work more efficiently and effectively.

In conclusion, mobile device management software is an essential tool for South African companies that want to stay secure and productive in today's mobile-first business landscape. With the rise in the use of mobile devices in the workplace, it is crucial for companies to have effective security measures in place to protect against data breaches and other security threats. MDM software provides a comprehensive solution to manage and secure mobile devices, enabling companies to increase productivity, reduce security risks, and stay ahead of the competition.

The latest survey from Vanson Bourne highlights that companies worldwide are struggling with mobile device management due to employee turnover, security and supply chain. Top challenges include sourcing new mobile assets, managing existing mobile inventory, mobile help desk support and collecting, recycling, wiping assets. All these challenges can be addressed by using Mobile Device Management (MDM) software. 

Findings show that investments in Mobile Device Management (MDM) software are paying off with 90% of companies reporting positive ROI. Respondents also report a 15% reduction in IT costs from leveraging a full lifecycle MDM solution. More than 90% credit MDM for improved business uptime and enhanced productivity, and 88% state it provides better security while reducing costs and wasted spending.

In fact, results reveal an estimated 52% of IT operations time could be saved from outsourcing mobile device management, further indicating the efficiencies to be gained from a partnership covering the end-to-end lifecycle – spanning the work of sourcing and procurement all the way through recycling and wiping mobile assets clean for their next owners.

You can read the full report here and infographic here. For more information about our Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, please contact us via email: sales@oukitel.co.za