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What is Mobile Device Management?


7 minutes

January 23, 2023

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a powerful tool that allows companies to remotely monitor, configure and control devices over a network. It used to be that IT administrators had to manually configure, monitor and manage each device individually. This could be a very time-consuming and tedious process, where changes could not be made en masse. With MDM, all of this can be managed from a single dashboard without physically having the device in hand.

This can include devices such as computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and IoT devices. With the increasing number of devices in use today, MDM allows companies to efficiently manage a large number of devices, reducing the need for on-site IT support. At the same time, devices run more optimally and personal and company data is kept secure.

What are the Benefits of Mobile Device Management?

  1. Cost Savings. One of the most significant benefits of MDM is cost savings. MDM allows companies to reduce the need for on-site IT support, resulting in cost savings on travel, lodging, and other expenses associated with on-site support.
  1. Reduced Travel. This is particularly beneficial for companies with a large number of devices or with devices located in multiple locations. With MDM, IT staff can remotely access and control devices, eliminating the need for on-site visits, which can save companies a significant amount of money.
  1. Faster Onboarding. Having all of your devices under one virtual roof means you have greater efficiency when it comes to assigning and deploying employee devices when they are being onboarded virtually or in-person.

  2. Greater Productivity. Another key benefit of MDM is increased productivity. MDM allows IT staff to quickly and easily troubleshoot and resolve issues with devices, reducing downtime and increasing productivity.

  3. Less Downtime. This can be particularly beneficial for companies that rely on their devices for mission-critical operations. With MDM, IT staff can quickly identify and resolve issues, minimizing disruption to the company's operations. 
  1. Heightened Security. Additionally, MDM allows IT staff to perform regular software updates and security patches, as well as remotely monitor and control devices. All of this further improves the overall security of the company.

  2. Fewer Inventory Write-Offs. Whether through employee theft or the simple act of forgetting a device, housing your inventory in an MDM tool like Swifteam helps you reduce the risk of such write-offs. When an employee leaves, you can lock, wipe and retrieve the device with ease.

  3. Less Risk. This can help prevent security breaches, as well as minimize the risk of data loss. Additionally, MDM allows IT staff to remotely wipe devices if they are lost or stolen, which can prevent sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands, this is especially important for companies that handle sensitive data, such as financial institutions or healthcare providers.

Key Takeaways

More and more companies are choosing to adopt a full remote or hybrid approach to work – which combines remote and in-person work. Regardless of where work is done, MDM is becoming increasingly important for companies today. MDM allows companies to take advantage of greater flexibility and cost savings while still maintaining device security.

It is essential for companies to carefully evaluate their current device management processes to determine if MDM is the right solution for them. With the right approach and the right tool, companies can leverage the many benefits of MDM while minimizing the potential limitations. 

Key Considerations when choosing a Mobile Device Management Solution for your company

Every company has specific needs for its device management process. Here are three key considerations when choosing what device management solutions are best suited for your company at your current stage.


Not all companies can afford to buy enterprise device management solutions, especially for small companies in a remote setup, while other options lack specific functions that your company may need. 

This is why affordability comes into place when choosing a solution to help with your device management. It’s always great to take note of what specific things your company needs when it comes to the scale of solutions.

Ease of Use

Another thing to consider is the complexity of the device management solutions that suit your company. It's important to choose solutions that are not too complex to use while still having the solutions that your company needs.

Having a simple way of managing your remote devices is a great thing to consider to help make it easier for your HR to manage your remote operations.


Having a flexible way of using your device management solution is also an important thing to consider. Using a flexible solution affects the speed of execution and the flexibility to assign and decommission devices of your on/offboarding remote employees.

Flexibility is a key factor when choosing the right solution for managing your remote company devices and assets. 

Swifteam simplifies device management for startups by providing a one-stop platform for buying devices, installing software, shipping it directly to your remote hire and also helps you remotely manage and wipe company data for offboarding remote employees.

Swifteam’s automation of on/offboarding saves time and money, allowing startups to focus on growth by hiring more engineers, sales, and marketing employees.

Want to see Swifteam’s Device Management in action? Try Swifteam for your company now. Sign up is totally free, no credit card required. 

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