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August 28, 2012

New Sprint BYOD Mobile Management Offering Now Available for Businesses

Sprint's recently launched "BYOD Management" is a technology offering specifically designed to address the challenges to IT organizations that are inherent in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environments. BYOD, when properly executed, will deliver cost savings while also allowing employees to use their preferred mobile devices for work purposes. In truth, BYOD in and of itself is becoming a little long in the tooth - it is no longer the new phenomenon it was back in 2010 and early 2011, and many companies have gotten their arms around the idea.

That said, there are plenty of businesses - especially SMBs - of all stripes and sizes that are anxious to take advantage of the potential cost savings but lack the resources to ensure that effective BYOD strategies are firmly in place. Typical things that fall through the cracks can range from a simple failure to secure written and employee-signed policy management "contracts" that specifically spell out the BYOD rules of the road for any specific company, to larger issues of data security and what to do in the case of lost or stolen hardware (and the corporate date that may be residing on such a device).

The best BYOD defense is a good offense, and Sprint believes it will be able to quickly get companies up to speed in delivering safe, secure and reliable BYOD environments through its cost-effective BYOD Management service. The new Sprint offering handles exactly these types of scenarios. Key features include the following:

  • Defining and enforcing compliance of BYOD policies within the workforce.
  • Being able to confidently secure corporate data on employee-owned devices with mobile device management (MDM) and security capabilities.
  • Managing the process for employees to be reimbursed for mobile devices and/or services that align with company policies. 
  • Detailed reporting/analysis to keep track of BYOD employees and devices.
  • Offering a customized Web portal to make it easy for employees to learn more, opt-in and register their personal device for the program. 

Sprint BYOD Management is the newest technology to be added to Sprint Professional Mobility Services. This collection of best of breed capabilities provides enterprise-grade managed services designed to meet any business customer's specific mobile security and management needs. Capabilities range from providing strong security and management of devices and applications via Sprint Device Management to handling the complexity of cross-carrier expenses, deployment, lifecycle, policy management and dedicated support with Sprint Mobility Management. For BYOD Management Sprint has teamed up with Vision Wireless, a mobile solutions provider.

 “IT management has told us about their challenge to stay focused on key priorities while also securing corporate data and managing a dynamic environment where employees use a variety of mobile devices from multiple carriers. Our new BYOD Management service is a simple, turnkey solution that eliminates this challenge by bringing together key elements from our Device Management and Mobility Management offers and adding the critical features needed to manage a BYOD environment,” notes John Dupree, vice president of business sales for Sprint.

To find out more about Sprint and its IT services, make sure to visit the company at ITEXPO West 2012. To be held Oct. 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, ITEXPO (News - Alert) is the world’s largest technology and communications event. Visit SPRINT in booth #1119. For more information on ITEXPO West 2012, click here.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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