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    Advanced mobile device management software capabilities to consider

    As workforce mobility extends into enterprises, management needs are being refined and expanded, which means IT needs more advanced mobile device management software capabilities.

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    Basic features and capabilities to look for in MDM tools

    MDM tools can centrally automate many manual IT tasks, such as device enrollment. They also deliver IT requests over the air to company-issued or employee-owned devices and can help IT administrators get a grip on the plethora of smartphones and tablets that employees have introduced into enterprises.

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    Integrating MDM tools with enterprise data and applications

    MDM integration can help enable mobile access to enterprise applications and data, thereby improving workforce productivity. For example, some mobile device management (MDM) tools can integrate with enterprise mail services such as Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Lotus Notes or Gmail for Business. At the most basic level, this allows for limited spoken Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) commands on less-capable devices.

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    BYOD challenges and advantages: Test your knowledge

    There's still a lot of controversy around the BYOD trend. Is it good or bad for the enterprise? The answer to that question is subjective. Whether a bring your own device (BYOD) program will work in the enterprise depends specifically on an individual company and its needs. Thinking about the negative and positive points of allowing BYOD can make coming to a decision a little easier. See how much you know about BYOD challenges and advantages.

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    A mobile application management primer for IT

    If employees’ devices are increasingly difficult to manage, it might be time to look at mobile application management instead. Mobile application management (MAM) offers ways for admins to selectively embrace BYOD and secure corporate data simultaneously, and corporate and personal apps can live harmoniously on the same consumer device.

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    BYOD advantages: Save money, mobilize workers, embrace the cloud

    While there are risks, some potentially far-reaching BYOD advantages, such as cost savings and improved mobility, will help BYOD become the norm in corporate end-user device provisioning in the near future.

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    Enterprise mobility and BYOD cost challenges plague organizations

    Even if an IT department manages to successfully develop a robust mobility program, find the right device and application management products, deploy mobile productivity applications, control data leakage, and upgrade the networking infrastructure to support an influx of new devices, there's still the problem of cost.

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    Enterprise mobility management: Choosing the right approach

    Benjamin Robbins, co-founder of Seattle-based mobile consultancy Palador, straightened out the differences between MDM, MAM and MIM, explaining how they can work together to improve enterprise mobility management.

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    How an acceptable use policy and app control can improve BYOD success

    As app control and security become top concerns in the BYOD era, more organizations find that an acceptable use policy can help IT and end users alike. IT already knows about the risks associated with lost or stolen devices, but the risks that mobile apps pose in a bring your own device (BYOD) setting are less clear, and app control remains a work in progress.

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    How an identity management system can improve mobile security

    Security is one area in IT where your work is never done, and it probably never will be. You can install new access points, upgrade management appliances, virtualize servers and move applications into the cloud, but new security challenges crop up all the time.

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    How to manage mobility beyond using MDM

    Mobile device management (MDM) vendors have worked hard to keep up with the constant stream of new devices and feature sets. But for IT administrators who have to manage mobility, the challenge is still daunting. Controlling data in the cloud, dealing with multiple operating systems and accommodating employees who use multiple devices all remain hurdles.

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