As carriers such as AT&T move to eliminate unlimited data plans, suddenly it becomes more important to be able to control data consumption.
Everyone has heard the horror story about the executive who took his mobile computing device overseas, only to run up thousands of dollars in data-access charges. Now data-access charges need to be managed more aggressively within the United States as well, which means IT no doubt will be implementing new policies on data usage.
Companies that provide tools for managing mobile devices are now rushing to add tools to manage such policies. For example, Fiberlink this month has added new policy controls to its Mobility-as-a-Service (Maas) 360 platform that allows IT organizations to monitor and manage data usage.
Fiberlink product manager Brian Christini notes that in addition to data-usage fees, IT organizations must contend with a range of compliance issues associated with how these devices are used, especially if they are owned by the company.
Christini says IT organizations are looking at a new era in mobile device management that few understand are most are ill-prepared to deal with. The first order of business, given that most of these devices now support 802.11 wireless networks, might be figuring out how to push as much traffic as possible off the carrier network and onto the corporate network.