Mobile device management market booms

Statistics released by IDC, indicate that the MDM market grew 45.8% in 2001 to US$121.3 million in revenue and is expected to reach US$715.1 million by 2006.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  November 2, 2002

The mobile device management (MDM) market is booming, as more organisations incorporate wireless computing models into their business strategy. Statistics released by IDC, indicate that the MDM market grew 45.8% in 2001 to US$121.3 million in revenue and is expected to reach US$715.1 million by 2006.

Although the MDM market is expected to stumble slightly between 2002 and 2003 as IT spending continues to tighten, IDC expects growth to increase in 2003 and 2004 with improved economic markets and increased investment in mobile and wireless projects.

"Mobile device management software continues to gain market acceptance and expand its reach from what once was a niche laptop play to a critical requirement to manage the variety of mobile and wireless devices within an organization," says Stephen Drake, program manager for IDC's Mobile Infrastructure Software service.

“The heightened adoption of enterprise mobile-enablement projects and increased product development addressing broader mobile and wireless connectivity options, mobile work scenarios, and critical IT management issues are driving the growth within this market,” he adds.

As the proliferation of mobile and wireless devices within the enterprise which vary in operating system (OS), connectivity, form factor and purpose — across horizontal and vertical markets— IT departments will be challenged to get control of these devices. This in turn has created the need for a full-featured solution including software distribution, asset management, security and backup and recovery in an optimised mode supporting an increasing number of devices with varied operating environments.

According to IDC, believes providing an integrated mobile device management solution as part of an overall systems management environment is critical, citing that customers today do not want to manage solutions with separate consoles but prefer one consolidated view to manage all devices across multiple environments.

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