Is MDM Dead? We Don't Think So

By: Absolute Team | 9/16/2014

There’s been a lot of talk about how Mobile Device Management (MDM) is “dead,” but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, MDM is still very much in its infancy, with its boundaries expanding. The confusion lies, even amongst the experts, when we start creating lots of new (and unnecessary) acronyms. In an article I wrote for Enterprise Apps Tech, I discuss how MDM is not “dead” and just what this means for organizations.

It’s hard to believe, but it was only about 4 years ago, with the launch of the iPad, that this whole bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend really took off and IT’s typical "top-down lockdown” approach to device management had to be abandoned. In just 4 years, the device management landscape has changed drastically and organizations are still struggling to figure it all out.

Right now, there are 3 drivers to the new management landscape, which I go through in full in my article, are:

  1. Multiple devices used per user still includes a computer, so management frameworks must be unified
  2. The value and portability of corporate data has gone up, introducing new risks
  3. Users are demanding productivity on the devices they’ve chosen, regardless of OS or form factor
All these changes point to a new management paradigm that is user-centric, not user-restrictive… an approach that focuses less on the device and more on security for corporate data and apps. It’s not about BYOD, CYOD, COPE, or any other acronym. In the end, it doesn’t really matter who owns the device – instead IT should focus on who is using it and how. A policy-driven, user-centric framework will adapt easily to this approach.

What about MCM or MAM or any other acronym? Well, it turns out that M*M technologies should really just be parts of a comprehensive MDM. So, if you want a comprehensive MDM strategy, we can help. If you want to throw out some more acronyms and instead say you want Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), we can help you there. Because, when it comes down to it, when you focus on what organizations need, the name of the solution is all that matters: Absolute Software.

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