(**This post is from 2013 but it makes an interesting read. Scroll straight to the bottom or click this link for a 2017 solution.)
Mobile Device Management has been the solution of choice for companies looking to support BYOD for the last few years. But in a recent panel of industry analysts, here's what was said:
"Mobile Device management is in chaos right now, and I think this market is going to die," said John Girard, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "MDM will reach an endpoint and then we'll really start to see vendors have to look at mobile application management and application shielding around the app -- that is really what is happening."
For more details, read this article.
What's Wrong With Mobile Device Management?
There are a few problems with MDM:
- Who would want their personal device locked down by IT?
- Why would an end user give IT the power to wipe any data off the device?
- Finally, MDM really doesn't solve the problem of applications and data. Most users need access to their core business apps and data, e.g., SharePoint, SAP, Intranet, CRM, ERP, EMR, etc. MDM doesn't help IT solve any of these problems.
What's the Answer to Mobile Device Management?
A great BYOD solution needs to be user-centric. Of course, it needs to satisfy IT requirements for security, visibility, compliance, and control. But unless it makes the end user's life easier, it won't be very useful. At Workspot, we are building a solution focused on the end user. An end user wants to perform tasks that go across multiple applications and data. For example, an end user might want to follow a link to a document hosted on SharePoint, download the document, and use it in a customer presentation when they are offline. In our solution, we have simplified the user experience so that an end user can complete their tasks without having to worry about VPNs, logging into SharePoint, etc.
Its difficult to describe user experience in words. I encourage you to try our product. And then tell us what you like and more importantly what you don't like.