Most organizations are aware that they need to secure corporate data and minimize risks if mobile devices are lost or stolen. Many of those same organizations are adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives to enable employees to use personally owned devices (smartphones) to access corporate information and services. Just as desktop and laptop devices require ongoing management and support, smartphones require the same or an even higher level of management, and smartphones are often at greater risk because they are easy to lose and commonly used in public places.
A Mobile Device Management (MDM) system can reduce the support costs and security risks of such situations while improving individual user productivity. In fact, most MDM systems can help you manage devices and apps running on mobile devices regardless of whether they connect directly to your company’s intranet, public Wi-Fi hotspots, or over cellular data services.
Originally, MDM systems were designed as self-service, portal-focused solutions. Today, those systems are more IT and admin-centric solutions, with MDM system deployment models possible solely on premises, solely in the cloud, or a hybrid of both.
Windows Intune is a cloud-based MDM system that organizations can use to manage devices on or off premises. Similarly, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager is an on-premises MDM system that can also manage devices on or off premises. You can use System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune together to create a comprehensive management solution for mobile and stationary devices and services.
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