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Not long ago enterprise mobility largely consisted of relatively simple policies and procedures for managing corporate-owned mobile Blackberry devices, all this has now changed.

In this article, we look at how the rapid consumerisation of technology led by the massive adoption of smart devices is driving corporate IT to accept a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy among employees in the enterprise.

The latest analyst research indicates that iOS devices will become increasingly prevalent on corporate networks in 2012. In a recent survey by IDG, 54% of business professionals reported using their iPad for work purposes, compared to 42% for personal use. However corporate IT and BYOD users may need to compromise on certain issues. These challenges include allowing multiple mobile operating systems on corporate networks, configuring multiple business apps, security and personal data.

The enterprise will need to consider security capabilities, such as mobile data-loss prevention and remote wipe and lock tools, whereas BYOD users will need to accept a corporate client running on their personal phone. With these issues in mind it is no surprise that Mobile Device Management (MDM) is becoming a hot topic for any enterprise needing visibility and control of the mobile devices accessing their corporate network.

Vodafone Device Manager is Vodafone Global Enterprise's MDM solution, based on the platform by MobileIron, the leader in MDM software according to Gartner's 2011 Magic Quadrant. The platform is ideally suited for multi-national companies due to the range of devices supported, operational capacity and advanced capability in app stores and application integration.

Vodafone Device Manager can be used as a Vodafone-hosted service, customer-hosted or as a hybrid solution, allowing for full operational flexibility and rapid deployment. It is an ideal solution for any enterprise requiring complete visibility of devices, control of corporate data, protection against corporate data loss, the ability to lock wipe devices remotely, reduced device management costs and the capability to securely distribute access to corporate services.