Over the past three weeks, we have discussed the importance of understanding that your mobile workforce has unique requirements to keep them productive in their demanding environment. Supervisors of the fleet, directors of safety and IT administrators all have key responsibilities to provide an efficient ecosystem that works. Luckily, there are legacy and newer technologies to help manage all these devices remotely.

Mobile Device Management (MDM) simply ensures corporate policies are managed on mobile devices from either within the office or in the cloud.  Most of these MDM functions are distributed over-the-air so the IT administrators do not have to physically touch each device in your mobile workforce fleet.  Better yet, they can configure, manage and repair applications, as well as activate or terminate devices in real-time. By utilizing MDM technology, companies can reduce IT costs, mitigate security risks and minimize employee downtime.

Since MDM inception, technology and mobility has advanced.  There are an incredible number of device types, operating systems, versions of those OS’s, applications hosted; and all of these variables can be within one company.  Thus, SOTI was created.  SOTI remains independent of device type, applications, and operating system.  By utilizing one management system, your IT group can manage all your mobile devices, applications and security.  This is absolutely necessary to remain productive in the fast moving mobile work force.

For more information on SOTI, please read this brochure:

http://www.soti.net/media/5906/sotibrochure_booklet.pdf

 

To take the advancement of Mobile Device Management further, the Internet of Things (IoT)—first coined in 1999—promises to allow components (from your printers in vehicles, manufacturing machines or even the refrigerator at home) to collect and exchange data remotely across existing networks.  This direct communication from all devices will lead to improved efficiency and economic benefits.  Gartner (a research company) claims there will be nearly 26 billion devices utilizing IoT by 2020.  Others, like ABI research predicts over 30 billion devices connected in the same period.  Both way, devices will be connected and it will save companies millions in revenue.

To bring this to our world, in the Mobile Workforce space, Zebra Technologies (who we mentioned in our first blog), is adopting the IoT to contribute to the overall ecosystem they support.  By imbedding IoT components into their products (scanners, printers, asset tracking, etc.), it promises value to companies by improving failure feedback before devices fail, optimizing lifecycle management of operational costs and locating/measuring the conditions of assets at all times.  This data can optimize processes, reduce costs and provide better security throughout the Mobile Workforce.

All leading technology companies are building IoT into their products today.  For a more in-depth analysis of Zebra’s vision, read this whitepaper:

https://www.zebra.com/content/dam/zebra/white-papers/en-us/internet-of-things-en-us.pdf

Device management has developed significantly from the early days of Open Mobile Alliance and the first smart phones and PDA’s.  The sophistication of SOTI has helped global corporations to manage the variety of devices, applications and operating systems utilized in all facets of their organizations.  The IoT is the next game-changer to increase productivity throughout the world.  Not only will all devices be secured and managed, but they will smartly communicate and mine data for even greater improvements.  This change is happening today, and will only grow over the next five years.

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