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Turn your smarthphone into a great productivity tool

Mobile productivity is no longer a luxury. It’s vital to keep your employees happy and productive. A fixed PC in a fixed location is no longer sufficient. Employees want to be able to work on just about any device at any time of the day. Of course, this includes new freedoms and extra flexibility that you like to keep under control.

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is the key to the perfect control of apps and data that all employees need to be able to work efficiently, no matter which device they want to use.

Mobile device management (MDM) tools have evolved into EMM systems, a kind of Swiss pocketknife for everything that has to do with mobile devices in a company. In addition to apps, there are many other factors you need to take into account to properly integrate mobile devices into your business. We’ll list the most important things to consider when choosing an EMM system:

1. Put your needs first

There is no single tool that offers it all. So start with an introspection: which tasks do you want to support, which functions do you need? From there, you can find the tool that best meets your needs.

2. Look beyond the smartphone

At the moment, you may be investigating whether an EMM tool supports your Android and iOS enabled smartphones and tablets, but you may also be wondering whether the tool is expandable enough to handle other classes of wireless endpoints. For example: mobile printers and scanners, but also smartwatches.

3. Choose a suite

You don’t want to use eight different management tools to configure your mobile devices. So choose a suite with all kinds of tools that are very good in some areas and good enough in others, rather than a best or broadest collection with all kinds of great tools that you still have to integrate yourself. A single management suite is not only more user-friendly, it’s also more secure. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to use one or two separate tools next to your suite if they excel in their domain.

4. Listen to your users

The importance of user-friendliness should not be underestimated. So involve them in your decisions and listen to their experiences with the tools. Employees expect EMM tools to get in the way as little as possible and to be intuitive. It should be almost as easy as installing Angry Birds.

5. Convert endpoint management

While mobile devices are still treated differently than desktops and laptops, the management of both types of devices will converge. Already there are tools that provide access to all these devices with one management console. In time, separate EMM tools will disappear.

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