Mobile device management
Mobile devices occupy an increasingly important position in education and business IT infrastructure. While companies traditionally relied on bulky desktop computers, more and more now use a diverse array of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. That’s where mobile device management (MDM) comes in. SimpleMDM makes it quick and easy to administer Apple desktop and mobile productivity tools.
What is mobile device management?
Mobile device management (MDM) refers to the remote monitoring and administering of mobile devices in a business environment. The software used to manage these devices is also called MDM, though enterprise mobility management (EMM), unified endpoint management (UEM), and mobile application management (MAM) solutions provide similar functions.
Apple devices have a built-in MDM framework, allowing for the management of desktop and mobile devices, including the following:
Must-have mobile device management features
Whether you maintain an impressive Mac fleet or just a handful of Apple devices, the right MDM solution allows quick and easy administration. SimpleMDM’s convenient features make Apple device management a breeze.
Easy enrollment and setup
Enroll and set up each device in a minute or less. With SimpleMDM, you’re basically the new Barry Allen.
In conjunction with Apple's Automated Device Enrollment (ADE) program, automatically link any device purchased from Apple and Apple Authorized Resellers to your Apple Business Manager account. Customize the enrollment settings to suit your environment. Streamlined provisioning saves time and effort.
Support for SAML or LDAP authentication allows you to integrate with your current identity provider that uses these protocols.
Privacy Preferences Policy, Kernel Extensions Policy, FileVault, and Custom Configuration Profiles reinstall automatically when a device checks in after an operating system update. With 40+ built-in profiles and support for custom configuration profiles (including via API), setting up profiles has never been easier.
With flexible options throughout, you can manage Apple devices without interrupting your existing workflows.
Advanced configuration options give you the flexibility to automate workflows in a way that benefits your team.
Robust Munki integration provides additional app capabilities, including supporting the installation of a wider range of software and providing a self-serve app store.
Superior fleet visibility
An accurate overview of your environment simplifies troubleshooting, optimizing, and securing devices. SimpleMDM gives you both high-level and granular insights.
A Device Details screen provides instant insight into the OS version, hardware encryption, settings, installed applications, and more. Knowledge is power.
Maintain an audit log of who did what and when within the admin portal and the API. All admin actions and device configuration changes are logged with detailed metadata.
Device tracking shows you the current and historic locations of managed devices. Perfect for finding missing devices and keeping track of on-the-go employees!
Streamlined distribution and deployment
Whether you’re sharing content or patching apps, effective distribution and deployment are critical to endpoint security and efficiency.
With Apple Apps and Books, you can assign licenses without requiring the user’s Apple ID.
An intuitive design makes deployments quick and easy. No need to install an agent on anyone’s personal device!
Distribute custom apps for all Apple device types, allowing you to provide specific features, tailor the appearance, and personalize the experience.
SimpleMDM vs. leading mobile device management competitors
SimpleMDM’s mobile device management
Hosted Munki integration
Easy setup and use
Streamlined, intuitive interface
Extensive knowledge base
Speedy email support
30-day trial (no credit card required)
Mobile device management FAQs
What are the benefits of mobile device management?
In simple terms, mobile device management optimizes security and functionality by supporting identity and access management. This can have far-reaching effects:
Help employees be productive without manual intervention on physical devices
Reduce the IT team’s workload
Mitigate mobile security risks
Support device compliance
How do you incorporate mobile device management?
Implementing mobile device management typically requires careful planning and the use of an MDM solution. Consider these steps:
Assess the number of devices
Consider what tasks employees use their devices for
Establish clear policies that match your company’s requirements and security needs
Incorporate MDM in a larger IT management strategy
Explain the purpose and importance of MDM to employees
Once you have the right processes and solutions in place, managing mobile devices should be easy. However, you need to put in time up front if you want seamless MDM.
What are mobile device management best practices?
An ideal MDM program should simultaneously enhance mobile device security and employee productivity, but striking the right balance requires following best practices. These tips can help:
Maintain and enforce an acceptable use policy and a security policy
Prioritize data security
Push updates quickly to mitigate security risk
Use containerization technology for company-owned apps on employee-owned personal devices
Maintain corporate data backups
Be prepared to perform a remote device wipe if necessary
With these best practices, you can ensure mobile devices in your environment are secure, up to date, and do not pose a major risk to your overall security posture or corporate network.
What devices can be managed through an Apple MDM?
MDM tools can manage a wide range of devices. System requirements vary between platforms, but compatible device types may include the following Apple devices:
Before investing in MDM software, investigate which devices and operating systems it supports to ensure it’s appropriate for your fleet.
How do you choose the right mobile device management solution?
To choose the best mobile device management solution for your business, take the time to understand your needs and assess how an MDM tool addresses them:
Set your budget
Weigh the appropriateness for corporate and BYOD devices
Assess the solution’s ability to protect sensitive data
Consider the features and functionality
Think about how the MDM fits your process
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