- Jul 1, 2020
- Posted by: Claire
- Category: SaaS for Small Business
According to SMB Group, 57% of small to medium businesses report that at least half of their employees now use mobile devices for business, and according to Insight, 91% of corporate employees use at least one mobile app, and almost half the amount of companies that employ more than 10,000 people use apps for business for the tasks of at least half of their entire workforce.
Mobile device usage is on the rise for business use and may soon replace traditional computers and laptops as companies become more digitally attuned.
It’s good news, because with increased workplace mobility and mobile app usage, comes increased productivity.
However, deploying and managing those mobile devices has proved cumbersome and time consuming as Administrators seek to effectively manage devices with the use of outdated and manual-intense Excel spreadsheets.
There is a solution, and it’s not new. The first Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform came about in the early 2000s, but with the steady increase in smartphone users, the technology has since become essential for businesses to streamline deployment and management processes of mobile devices.
5 Ways Mobile Device Management Streamlines Processes
Save time with Mobile Device Management technology.
Mobile Device Management platforms eliminate administrative burden significantly, and boosts productivity.
Let’s take a look at how:
#1: Deployment of Devices
Individually installing any required software and encryption for employee devices is time-consuming and manually intensive.
The traditional and outdated method of deployment becomes especially complicated with BYOD.
Setting up even 250 devices can take around 200 hours of skilled IT workers who could be focussing on more important things, especially when one considers the cost of salaries.
In addition, employees waiting on IT to perform tasks on their mobile devices can get frustrated and dissatisfied with releasing their personal property to a fellow staff member.
An MDM enables immediate configuration without the need to physically possess the device.
In other words, skilled IT employees do not need to physically access each device to complete the set up. Instead, employees are able to receive fully set up devices straight out of the box.
This process drastically reduces deployment time, as well as the time it takes for installation, monitoring, supporting and then managing devices once deployed.
#2: Simplified Device Management
Mobile Device Management platforms simplify and save time when distributing data and applications to devices.
Employees needn’t be relied upon to bring in devices for servicing and updates, as this can be done remotely.
The use of apps that are not allowed, or those that waste time during working hours can be easily removed or blocked without the need to physically handle the device.
An MDM allows companies to configure and manage policies, settings, and access levels for different groups of users, saving a substantial amount of time and inconvenience.
In fact, with MDM, businesses are able to save up to 45 minutes per mobile device (based on managing 1,000 devices over a period of five years.)
As for inventory management: gone are the days of hand logging serial numbers and manually updating and coordinating spreadsheets, attempting to have a full handle on who has what device and what status it’s in.
With MDN, Administrators are able to skip time wasters like the basic set-up screens and configuration without the need to physically possess the device. To boot, employees no longer need to wait for activation as the process is automated and sleek.
#3: Enhanced and Easy Security
Mobile Device Management technology is low maintenance and quick because devices can be managed from afar. Apps that are not secure, devices that require blocking, or information that needs to be erased can all be done remotely from any location, without the need to physically work on the device.
In addition to making security of information and devices easy, the technology also enhances security by minimizing the risks of confidential information being leaked. Track devices and see how a device is being used.
MDM makes it easy for companies to ensure important data does not reach unqualified hands.
#4: Base Business Decisions on Fact
Excel spreadsheets are fine until a company reaches a certain point; the larger the company, the more complex – and time consuming (if not automated) – reporting becomes. You also can’t use Excel spreadsheets on a small screen like a mobile phone, so it limits flexibility and ease of use.
MDM technology on the other hand, provides reports that enable management to effectively and accurately analyze the deployment and management of mobile devices to discover trends and make predictions based on solid facts garnered from real figures, and with just a few clicks.
For example, Administrators can create detailed device usage reports to analyze and optimize device usage across the company in order to better manage resources.
Generate reports that are based on triggers and filters, geographic location, and even drill down to individual device-level criteria.
There can be no comparison to making business decisions based on real information compared to wading through Excel spreadsheets to pick up trends or other information.
#5: Access Devices Remotely
Mobile Device Management technology provides efficient real-time device management remotely with screen control and touch capabilities for support, training and monitoring.
For example, let’s say an employee forgets his new smartphone password; there is no need to pester the IT department with requests to access the phone. Instead, the platform allows the Administrator to quickly reset the passcode.
Devices can be controlled, monitored and viewed from anywhere in the world, on any device as long as the internet can be accessed as the MDM platform is cloud based, providing flexibility, simplification and the elimination of wasted time.
Easily manage mobile devices from a single, automated platform.
An increase in business mobility means boosted productivity as outdated and cumbersome processes make way for efficient automation and simplified management.
Here’s how Mobile Device Management platforms save businesses time:
- Processes are streamlined. What used to waste time and require costly resources is now automated remotely on a single dashboard.
- Security of information is enhanced and simplified.
- Business decisions can be made with the use of intelligent reporting and facts.
Devices can be managed remotely, on any device, anywhere in the world.