Thanks to the cloud computing technology, many companies are constantly using mobile devices in order to manage their fleets of employees. Depending on their project, they can use iPhones, iPads or any kind of Android devices. The purpose of these fleet management solutions is that they allow sales representatives and other employees to use several useful applications in their field.
Why should businesses use mobile devices?
In companies, mobile technology can improve employees’ productivity, especially for those who are often travelling or working outside the company’s premises. Thanks to business mobile applications, users can have access to their company management software and database. This way, they can introduce a new customer account at any time, update details about a project, place an order, check product prices and follow-up stock availability in real-time.
Besides the business applications, sales representatives can also check their email inbox at any time, make phone calls, use GPS apps and make videoconferences. Employers can even put in place training sessions with employees who are travelling.
All in all, mobile device management solutions can be used from several public areas and means of transport, as long as these places allow Internet connection. They are useful in different fields, such as multinational groups, corporate networks, hypermarkets and even education.
The security issues
For companies who are using fleet management solutions and mobile devices, it is important to take into consideration the security issues. Why is it that so important in the B to B environment? When employees are using mobile devices, they can also access unsecure websites and applications, loose information or even transport sensitive information about their company. In order to minimize and avoid these risks, corporate networks can lock their business devices. Several software providers offer lockdown solutions for all Android and iOS devices.
These solutions are being constantly improved in order to provide effective and up-to-date services to all users. Moreover, mobile device managers have the possibility to define whitelist and blacklist applications.
One one hand, whitelist applications are quite similar to the antivirus system. For implementing a whitelisting process, managers and IT teams have to define a list of websites and applications which their employees are allowed to use. This way, users will only access these authorized websites, while other websites will be automatically banned.
On the other hand, companies who choose a blacklisting process have to configure all the websites and applications which are considered as malicious and unsafe for their fleets. This way, employees will not be allowed to access any of these blacklisted sites.
Source by Clement Menard