Companies today are implementing enterprise mobility in some form or the other, few are providing Mobile/Tablets to their salesmen so they can access CRM anytime anywhere, others are creating Tablet based BI application for their CXOs to get access to business reports in the most intuitive way , hospitals are providing Tablets to their physicians to enable data access near point-of-care, and for logistics and supply chain management companies enterprise mobility is an integral part of their process

Enterprise mobility always calls for secure network and here is where Mobile Device Management (MDM) plays a vital role. It helps secure, support and monitor mobile devices from remote. In an enterprise it helps distribute application over the air, unify all types of security / application setting / implement IT policies across Mobile/Tablets (both enterprise owned and BYOD), monitor devices remotely for potential intrusion, fraud & malware attacks, remote device lock and data wipe, multi-platform support and of course backing up data from each devices to central repository periodically.

In mobile device management, you have full control over how and under what circumstances mobile devices can access your mission-critical systems.  Enterprises can create lockable configuration and security policies.

So if you are planning to build an Enterprise mobile app, make sure MDM is a key part of your considerations and you spend enough time evaluating the pros and cons of these tools before finalizing on it. Here is the Magic Quadrant from Gartner on MDM vendors.