Mobile device management (MDM) will mature in 2014, growing into a $1.6 billion industry according to Gartner Inc. and over the next five years, 65 percent of corporations will adopt MDM to address security concerns from smartphones and tablets. MDM is growing as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) becomes a workplace norm and mobile security is now a necessity for businesses of all industries and sizes. According to a Cisco report, 70 percent of IT professionals believe the use of unauthorized programs results in as many as half of their companies’ data loss incidents. Thirty-nine percent of IT professionals said they have dealt with an employee accessing unauthorized parts of their company’s network.
The MDM industry is quickly becoming the new standard for IT. Providers with holistic solutions–that fit not only into existing technology platforms, but into their end users’ lives–will thrive in 2014. Location technology will play a significant role in MDM in the coming years as it evolves beyond basic device tracking to create new features and opportunities for integration with other business technology. In the coming years of mass integration with IT, location will help MDM providers tackle a number of enterprise challenges.
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