ATandT Extends Cloud-Based MDM Platform to Small Businesses
SMBs looking for a mobile-device-management (MDM) solution have an option in AT&T's expanded cloud-based platform.Communications giant AT&T announced it is extending its mobile-device-management solution to its small- and midsize-business customers as a growing number of organizations adopt bring-your-own-device initiatives but struggle with securing personal devices and protecting corporate data from security breaches. Available for businesses with as few as 20 employees, AT&T's mobile-device-management (MDM) solutions make it possible for IT departments to enforce management policies by securing employees' mobile devices and monitoring data usage. The cloud-based platform, managed by AT&T, allows businesses to avoid installing extra hardware to support the service. The company also offers a small-business team that can help SMBs determine and develop mobility policy and strategy, while also providing support in selection, implementation, hosting, and management of an MDM solution.
"Cloud-based MDM solutions are gaining steam as more employees want to use the smartphones and apps they've come to love for both business and personal use," Carrie MacGillivray, IT research firm IDC's analyst and program director for SMB (small- and midsize-business) mobility said in a press statement. "However, small businesses must balance this demand with the need for both flexible and secure mobile-device management. Winning providers fill this niche by focusing on affordable, highly secure solutions designed with small businesses in mind."