A Fresh look at Mobile Device Management

by Keith O'Byrne for blog, EMM

How do you keep mobile Data secure?

Technology moves pretty fast – that isn’t a plug for Tesla’s latest electric rocket ship – rather it’s an observation that things go from new’n’shiny to..er..not-so-shiny in ‘internet time’. A smart buy in 2006 (Blackberry) looked less smart in 2007 (iPhone launches) and downright pedestrian in 2009 (iPhone gets Enterprise-grade encryption). Chances are your organizations IT is comprised of systems that are at some point on this time-line and will reach their end-of-life date. Noisy, energy intensive racks get replaced by virtualization which is in turn consumed by Cloud solutions. It’s an important part of IT procurement to keep watch on these trends and make sure you buy the right thing at the right point in time.

Take Mobile Device Management (MDM) – it’s not that long ago that the only MDM game in town was Blackberry. A monolithic, single, unified vendor that supplied the device and service end-to-end not unlike the IBM of the 60s and 70s. Thanks in no small part to Apple’s iPhone, this one choice got broken out into a discrete market. Firms like MobileIron and Airwatch grew rapidly to service the demand for ‘Blackberry on X’ – where X might have been iPhone or one of the proliferation of Android devices that came along for the ride. Topics like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) became the subjects of entire events as the MDM vendors burnt venture capital to convince firms they needed microscopic control over potentially thousands of different device types. Meanwhile, purchasers found they were buying into a thicket of ‘asterisk-ware’ – certain features work on certain devices in certain scenarios. To be clear, this wasn’t necessary the vendors fault – they were embarked on a herculean task to MDM-all-of-the-things.


We’re about six years into the post Blackberry world so now might be a good time for Enterprise IT decision makers to look again at this spend and figure out if it’s time for a change. Similarly, those who’ve gone without a formal MDM solution should be watching this space to see if the market has matured to the point that they question how much MDM do they really need. And more importantly, can you avoid paying for more than you need?

As a technology supplier to mobile carriers and their Enterprise customers for over ten years, Asavie watched the MDM business evolve. Engagements with thousands of business customers repeatedly pointed to the 80-20 rule – 80% of customers seem to need a small subset of MDM functionality but were left with a choice between free services and massive MDM solutions that seemed to want all sorts of AD schema access and made the easiest of tasks complex.

So we built one. And bundled it with the product businesses wanted. No extra charge. Took us about eight weeks.
ebookAsavie Moda has offered businesses control over their SIMs for just over a year. Any SIM based device can be protected from malware, screened from adult content and protected from bill shock. And now, Asavie Moda includes Locate, Lock and Wipe on iOS and Android devices. A single dashboard to manage mobile spend, acceptable usage policy and perform the device management steps you really need. Find missing devices and push locks to them while they are MIA. If not found promptly, remote wipe the devices.

If it is time to update or renew your EMM and MDM strategy, take a look at the latest Asavie EMM eBook.

If you would like to hear more from Keith, you can hear him speak at the IoT World event this summer. We have an exclusive offer for our friends and partners of 30% off all tickets. Click here to request your discount.


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