As many as two-thirds of all employees and managers who use smartphones and tablet computers for work are choosing their own devices, according to Forrester Research. The result: IT managers everywhere are pulling their hair out as they try to manage and secure those devices and the applications running on them while at the same time providing all those disparate devices with access to corporate systems.
Today the list of mobile device management (MDM) products is long and getting longer. Established vendors like SAP, IBM and Symantec offer MDM software, as do a number of young companies including AirWatch, Fiberlink, MobileIron and Zenprise.
IT managers spent 2012 wrestling the BYOD problem, but 2013 will be the year they really start shelling out big bucks to deal with it. That means opportunities for systems integrators, hosting companies and MSPs who work with these vendors and develop MDM expertise.