With the growing popularity of bring your own device (BYOD) in the enterprise world, the demand for mobile device management (MDM) solutions has also increased tremendously. These tools help IT better monitor, control and secure personal devices.
While many businesses have yet to adopt such solutions, experts believe the market will grow as more corporate decision-makers realize the utility of MDM. According to Fiberlink, its cloud-based solution, MaaS360, has already gained substantial recognition for ease of use and security and compliance features.
A new study completed by market research firm TechNavio reveals that the MDM market will experience steady, massive increases in the coming years. As per this report, which was posted on MaaSters blog, MDM software revenues will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 32 percent between 2011 and 2015 in the U. S. alone.
The research firm attributes this growth to the relentless increase of mobile device sales, especially those powered by software from Apple (News - Alert) and Google. An important note here is that in the years past, most devices used in the enterprise were procured by the companies, and Research In Motion's BlackBerry (News - Alert) smartphone dominated the market.
RIM's smartphones were modeled for enterprise use, making them much easier for CIOs and IT personnel.
Now, with the consumerization of IT and the subsequent decline in BlackBerry sales, the enterprise mobility landscape has become complex. As a result, MDM is gaining momentum, according to the study.
The MaaSters blog also posted some statistical data from research conducted by Computerworld. It found that smartphones now account for half of connected devices in the U.S., while tablets make up 15 percent. Obviously, the PCs now account for only 35 percent. It shows just how quickly the IT world is moving toward an entirely mobile landscape, wrote Jonathan Dale, Fiberlink’s MaaS360 marketing specialist.
Going forward, the analysts believe that cloud-powered MDM solutions will be opted over on-premises alternates. However, despite widespread adoption of BYOD, many businesses have yet to procure an MDM solution, the studies show. That means, the security threats are also on the rise.
Cloud-based IT service provider CenterBeam gives a quick view of the benefits of MDM, which is becoming a necessary tool with the proliferation of BYOD. Aside from having much better control over security and the devices on a company's network, mobile device management can offer other great advantages. For example, MDM allows businesses to keep their infrastructure as is and still be able to have total control over the goings-on of the network. Companies can also allow their employees to easily register their devices onto the software with an e-mail.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey