Which Industry Verticals Require Mobile Device Management
Jan 04, 2022 | 42Gears Team
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous business verticals such as healthcare, retail, warehousing & logistics, and education have adopted a remote working model. However, this requires businesses to use mobile device management solutions to ensure the safety of corporate data and maintain the health of devices.
These days, organizations rely highly on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other computing devices to run their daily business operations efficiently and execute business plans successfully. However, managing such a diverse set of devices, especially with limited resources, is easier said than done. That’s where mobile device management (MDM) solutions can help. Such solutions are designed to allow IT admins to easily enroll, provision, and update business devices from a central console. They help IT admins locate or monitor enrolled devices easily in case the device is lost or stolen.
Based on a report from Globe Newswire, the global mobile device management (MDM) market is expected to hit $24,161.1 Million, with a remarkable CAGR growth of 28.2%, during 2019-2027. According to the report, benefits offered by MDM software such as increased device security and more, are key to MDM solutions gaining ground. Moreover, in the future, there will be a rise in security concerns and companies will look for such solutions to safeguard company data. This will be one of the drivers of market growth during this period.
However, it is important to see which market verticals will attract the most and how much they will gain. Listed below are a few verticals that will get the most out of mobile device management:
Healthcare providers are using mobile devices to access patients' records and information and keep such records updated and safe. As such, mobile devices are employed in treating patients and monitoring their recovery. However, it’s crucial to ensure the privacy and security of such data. So, healthcare organizations must monitor and control device access and should be capable of removing or wiping the data on such devices in case they get lost or stolen.
It is also important to ensure that all communication such as emails, messages, etc. are encrypted to avoid data leakage. All of this can be done using an MDM solution. An MDM solution can help them prevent device misuse, enable real-time information sharing, record keeping, and providing mobile health reports, neutralizing threats to patient data, etc.
In the retail sector, mobile devices are being used for multiple purposes, such as kiosks to display information or for self-service, mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) to facilitate easy checkout, quick in-store service, and inventory management. However, in customer-centric sectors such as retail, it is important to keep such mobile devices secure, updated, and functioning properly. And for that, retail providers need an MDM solution. Not only does it help ensure data and device security, but also provide real-time information to salespeople, retailers, and shoppers. Additionally, in case a device is lost or stolen, the MDM solution can help wipe the data to prevent data leakage or data abuse.
Large numbers of mobile devices such as tablets, iPads, and smartphones are employed in K-12 schools for students and teachers. With the rise in the use of such devices, educators must deploy mobile device management software to ensure a safe environment for learning. With MDM, educators can have full control over user activity; they can restrict access to pre-approved websites and apps to prevent distractions and ensure safe learning. Most importantly, it can prevent access to inappropriate content available online through keyword filtering.
MDM software can also help push applications to user devices, manage licenses, monitor connected devices, update devices, etc.
Warehousing and Logistics
Mobile devices such as rugged tablets, wearables, handheld devices, barcode scanners, vehicle-mounted devices, and mobile printers are some of the key tools for warehouses and logistics departments. These devices help frontline workers in packaging, receiving, picking, dispatching and delivering operations. Therefore, it is imperative that businesses implement MDM platforms to update, maintain, patch, and monitor these devices easily. Most importantly, MDM can also aid in ensuring security and compliance across the entire device fleet.
Mobile devices used in transportation need to be configured, updated, managed and controlled remotely. Sometimes, such devices may go offline or have some technical issues, making it difficult to locate and troubleshoot them and establish secure communication with them. Mobile device management (MDM) software can help locate such devices and troubleshoot them without physical access. MDM solutions also facilitate easier provisioning and configuring of devices running different operating systems while ensuring data and device security.
These are just a few industry verticals where a mobile device management solution can improve efficiency and productivity. MDM solutions can help businesses in these sectors maintain and monitor their devices. Device monitoring ensures better device uptime and helps reduce security risks and costs.
42Gears offers a reliable and robust MDM solution, SureMDM, that helps organizations to easily enforce policies for mobile device use. SureMDM can securely configure, manage, and control devices used across industry verticals.
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