Five Enterprise Mobility Myths Debunked and Explained
Enterprise mobility solutions are revolutionizing the way businesses think of mobile devices. Previously, smartphones and tablets were only used for personal use. However, the plethora of business-ready mobile applications and power of the modern mobile device has turned that tide around. Now, businesses are researching into enterprise mobility more – and undoubtedly, they come across various myths about enterprise mobility solutions.
These myths typically come in the form of assumptions about enterprise mobility, whether they have been raised by tech analysts or spread through false information. While some of these myths might have a basis in reality, they ultimately don’t communicate the benefits that enterprise mobility can provide. We at Solutions Review want to debunk five of the most common enterprise mobility myths and put them to rest once and for all.
1. It doesn’t matter what mobile devices my company uses
The right mobile device and technology can make all the difference for your enterprise. Every mobile device is created differently, and each one will have its own advantages and disadvantages for users. Your enterprise needs to determine which mobile devices are the right fit for your infrastructure by considering factors like operating system, screen size, and compatibility.
2. Enterprise mobility makes employees less productive
As long as your employees are using devices appropriately, having mobile devices in your infrastructure doesn’t worsen the productivity of your workforce. In many instances, mobile devices can actually make your employees more productive. Mobility enables your enterprise to preform work remotely, meaning that your employees can accomplish business tasks even when outside of the office.
3. Mobile device management invades employee privacy
Because MDM solutions require an app to be installed on each device in order to work, people believe that MDM is an excuse to spy on an employee’s device. While the app restricts features and can block specific websites or applications from being launched, MDM apps do not examine the user’s personal data. Your messages and locally-stored files can’t be accessed by an MDM solution. All the MDM app does is allow for all mobile devices in a company’s infrastructure to communicate with the management platform.
4. MDM solutions aren’t necessary if you have a BYOD policy
Bring your own device (BYOD) is a trend that a lot of companies are following, and some businesses will wonder whether or not they still need their MDM technologies. However, MDM is still a necessity for the enterprise even if employees bring in their own devices. In fact, it’s arguably even more important if you’ve enacted a BYOD policy. Because an employee’s personal devices are typically not secured well, you need to enforce your MDM strategy to keep those devices secure and prevent breaches on a phone from reaching the enterprise.
5. An SMB doesn’t need an enterprise mobility solution
This is technically true; small businesses don’t necessarily need to seek enterprise-grade mobility solutions and MDM tools. However, this myth is sometimes interpreted as “my SMB doesn’t need a mobility solution, enterprise or otherwise” – which couldn’t be further from the truth. Even if your SMB only has a handful of mobile devices to manage, maintaining consistency through your mobile device operations is still important for your business.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of enterprise mobility management, you should check out our free 2019 MDM Buyer’s Guide. We profile the top vendors in the mobile device management field, their key capabilities, and our Bottom Line for each.