What is Mobile Device Management (MDM)?

What is Mobile Device Management (MDM)?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a type of software that enables organisations to manage and secure mobile devices used by their employees. With the increasing use of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices in the workplace, MDM has become a critical component of IT security. This includes configuring security policies, enforcing device restrictions, installing and updating software, and remotely wiping data from lost or stolen devices. It also helps organisations ensure compliance with security policies and regulations.

 Some of the key features and benefits of MDM include:

1. Device inventory and tracking: MDM software allows administrators to keep track of all the mobile devices connected to their network, including their location, status, and other important details.

2. Device configuration and control: MDM enables administrators to configure and control mobile devices, including setting up access policies, managing network connections, and enforcing security protocols.

3. App management: MDM allows administrators to install, update, and remove apps on mobile devices, as well as control app access and permissions.

4. Data security: MDM provides tools for encrypting data, enforcing password policies, and remotely wiping data from lost or stolen devices to prevent unauthorised access.

5. Reporting and analytics: MDM software provides detailed reports on device usage, compliance, and security status, allowing administrators to identify potential issues and take corrective action.

 How Does Mobile Device Management Work?

Mobile device management works by connecting the organisation’s mobile devices to an MDM server which is managed by the IT department. The server then sends out commands to the connected devices that allow IT administrators to control various aspects of the device such as setting up restrictions on how employees use their devices, remotely locking or wiping lost or stolen devices, and managing applications installed on the device.

 The Challenges of Mobile Device Management

Although mobile device management offers many benefits for organisations, there are some challenges associated with it as well. For example, it can be difficult for IT departments to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of mobile operating systems and hardware platforms since they need to be constantly updated in order for MDM solutions to work properly. Additionally, MDM solutions require a significant amount of time and resources from IT departments in order for them to be properly implemented and maintained. Finally, some users may find certain restrictions imposed by MDM solutions too restrictive which could lead to user dissatisfaction or even employee turnover if not addressed properly.


Overall, Mobile Device Management is an essential tool for organisations looking to secure and manage their mobile devices effectively, protect sensitive data, and maintain control over mobile device usage. MDM is a powerful tool that can help organisations improve security and ensure compliance with security policies and regulations while also helping them reduce costs associated with lost or stolen devices. However, it does come with some challenges that need to be addressed in order for it to be successful in an organisation.

 Bar Code data is a channel partner of 42Gears’ which was founded in 2009. They find their inspiration in the pursuit of one goal: being at the forefront of innovative enterprise mobility solutions. Along the way, they’ve pioneered cloud solutions for enterprise mobility and gained recognition for a unified endpoint mobile device management technology.

 The team is filled with passionate problem-solvers working to refine and advance our technologies to facilitate the growth of businesses worldwide. We want businesses (including yours!) to focus on being the best they can be, without limitations, while we support you behind-the-scenes, doing the best we can do.

 For more information about Mobile Device Management contact out sales on sales@bcdata.co.uk alternatively call us on 0808 109 9858.