Apple and MDM June 02 2016, 0 Comments

Nowadays, the smartphone is the one common tool for everyone at the office, and the need to appeal to businesses and corporations has never been higher for smartphone manufacturers. iOS have made major leaps towards streamlining their operating system for use with Mobile Device Management (MDM) to encourage companies to issue iPhones to their employees.

What it does

Separation of personal and work spaces

Once a remote management profile has been created, that profile will only have access to specific files and apps. That means that your personal emails, messages and media will not be visible to the administrators of the company, but they will still be able to see what is designated to the work profile.

It therefore provides supervision and security for work data because the IT department can be satisfied their information is secure. At the same time, it makes the Apple device much more flexible because you can now use it for both personal and work purposes.

Synchronization with company data

With the remote management profile completed, relevant work data will be seamlessly synchronized with your device so you can always be updated on company matters. The same profile can also be used to install apps from the company for all employees, allowing for a uniform workspace and avoiding the need for multiple licenses.

Automated setup

Once the profile has been created, the rest is done automatically without even having to touch the device. All relevant company data and apps will be automatically synchronized with your device.

How it compares with Samsung’s My Knox

Simplicity

We already looked at how Samsung created My Knox earlier and how the feature makes use of ‘containers’. These containers are essentially different environments for either work or play, and one is very different from the other. However, Apple have let both environments coexist in the same interface, which means that your device will remain the same. Instead, they use per-app VPN which separates network pathways and keeps data from the two environments secure from each other.

Security

Security and privacy have become a major selling point for Apple, and the same philosophy carries over to MDM. Security is a lot better on iOS than Android, and that makes the system a lot more trusted for business.