Definition of Mobile Device Management

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Mobile Device Management or MDM software is used to secure the various computational devices used in enterprise and to deploy over-the-air applications, data, and configuration settings for all types of mobile devices used in the workplace as well. These devices include smartphones, tablets, mobile printers, and so on, and pertain to both company-owned and employee-owned (BYOD), personal devices, which they use in the office environment.

MDM is typically used to minimize business risks by protecting sensitive office data and also reduce maintenance and support costs of the business establishment. It focuses on offering the maximum possible security while also reducing the costs involved to the minimum.

With more and more employees using their personal mobile devices while in office, it has become imperative for companies to monitor their employees’ mobile activity and more importantly, secure their data from being inadvertently leaked out and reach the wrong hands. Several vendors today help mobile manufacturers, portals and app developers by offering testing, monitoring and debugging services for mobile apps and other mobile content.


MDM platforms offer end-users plug and play data services for the major mobile devices. The software automatically detects the devices in use within the particular network and sends them the settings required to sustain uninterrupted connectivity.

Once connected, it is capable of keeping a record of every user’s activity; sending software updates; remotely locking or even wiping a device; protecting device data when in case of loss or theft; troubleshooting it remotely and much more; without interfering with the day-to-day activities of employees in the workplace.