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Curb Costs of Mobile Device Management
Posted By Michelle V. Rafter On October 1, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Tools on Managing Technology | No Comments
More people are using iPhones, smart phones, and hand-held computers on the job, and if they aren’t now, they want to in the future.
But introducing a whole new class of electronic devices into the office isn’t as easy as placing an order with IT, or letting employees bring their own smart phones to work.
Ideally, a business should use the same management systems to host, maintain, and safeguard mobile devices that they use for their existing infrastructure of desktop PCs, according to sources in the mobile device management business. But smart phones and PDAs caught on so quickly the default at many companies has been to adopt entirely different tools for managing mobile devices — if they’re using any tools at all, according to the industry sources.
That’s an expensive and possibly dangerous way to operate, according to the sources. It’s expensive because by duplicating efforts, companies are spending more time and money than they need to. In fact, duplication is one reason John Girard, a vice president and analyst with Gartner , the Stamford, Conn., technology researcher, estimates that companies spend close to $2,500 for each iPhone and hand-held device their employees use.
It’s also dangerous, because if companies aren’t using the same measures to protect data on mobile devices that they use to secure information on desktop machines, they run the risk of allowing sensitive company information to leak out if the devices are lost or stolen. Security has become an even bigger concern recently because more companies are putting important business applications on smart phones, and because more viruses and other malicious software have begun popping up on the devices, says Shari Freeman, a product management director at Sybase iAnywhere , a division of Sybase that makes mobile device management services for large and small businesses.
If companies aren’t thinking about merging the management systems they use for mobile and non-mobile devices now, they’ll have to soon enough, Freeman says. “There’s a general trend for employees to have one or more computing devices, so the need to manage those is increasing,” she says.
What can companies do?
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URLs in this post:
 Gartner: http://www.gartner.com/
 Sybase iAnywhere: http://www.sybase.com/ianywhere
 Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/mobile/default.mspx
 Nokia Intellisync Device Management: http://www.nokiaforbusiness.com/nfb/find_a_product/product_details.html?guid=90042735eb5a6110VgnVCM200000718ef393RCRD&cat=bb619bb3c8ba6110VgnVCM100000708ef393RCRD
 Checkpoint Software Technologies: http://www.checkpoint.com/index.html
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