If you read my last post, you already know that Mobile Device Management (MDM) delivers more than security. If properly prepared, an MDM strategy doesn’t just provide support for multiple operating systems – it can help you drive employee engagement, productivity, and profitability, too.

Creating a winning MDM strategy may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. To ensure your success, follow these five guidelines:

An MDM Strategy Works Best When Built for the Future

MDM impacts more than your mobility management team, so it makes sense that the most effective strategies consider how they helps all employees add value to the company. While it can be tough for your technology pros (or anyone else’s for that matter) to predict the future, your best chance for success is to begin with the end-goal in mind.

Beyond IT’s management considerations, security requirements, and reporting needs, make sure your MDM strategy aligns with strategic organizational objectives. Like any other plan, it needs to incorporate elements like employee adoption, workforce culture change, and customer satisfaction to work effectively – otherwise, you’re doomed before you even start.

Put Users at the Center of Your Strategy

At its core, MDM is all about creating a more flexible security environment that empowers your employees. If you don’t have a strategy that prioritizes ease-of-use, -access, and -management, you’ve fundamentally failed to take advantage of MDM.

While innovations like enterprise app security, task and usage tracking, and remote data wiping capabilities are desirable, it’s imperative you review existing infrastructure to ensure users have a technology platform that lets them get more work done first. Otherwise, even the most advanced MDM product will be overwhelmed by the support needs generated by workers’ increasing variety and volume of devices they demand to use.

MDM Strategy Scope & Scalability

Today, you’re managing and securing more than just your own devices – employees are bringing personal phones, tablets, laptops, etc. into the workplace at a rapid rate. If this isn’t challenging enough, each one has potentially different settings, features, and functionalities that can jeopardize your data and systems integrity if not carefully considered.

Therefore, your MDM strategy needs to analyze enterprise security from a 10,000-feet view. What is your technology’s limitations? Where do your most serious management gaps reside? Is it even possible to address operational challenges and security issues with MDM? The most successful plans are ones that don’t create additional strain or challenges for an already overburdened infrastructure.

Metrics Make Everything Better

If you think building and establishing an inclusive security solution that protects all users, devices, and data is the end of MDM strategy, think again. Your initiative is only as effective as the improvements it makes. New trends and technologies are constantly being introduced into IT – without insight, how do you know whether you’re capable of handling tomorrow’s most serious threats?

In addition to security, measuring and analyzing how your employees are using their devices can help uncover patterns and behaviors that put your organization in danger. By uncovering these metrics, you gain the ability to future-proof MDM strategy – making it more useful and able to drive innovation going forward.

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