Mobile technology and mobile device management (MDM) are among the hottest technologies at the moment in the channel, and we don't expect that to change in 2013. Over the past several weeks, we've reported on a number of trends in the MDM marketplace for the new year. Now we've compiled a list of those top trends that you should pay attention to in 2013. Here’s what you need to know.

The following are the top trends managed services providers (MSPs) should be on the look out for in the upcoming year:
  • MDM 2013: Preparing for Success in the New Year -- With the new year around the corner, managed services providers (MSPs) are gathering last minute mobile device management strategies for discussion, analysis, and implementation. Many MSPs will make resolutions for the upcoming new year, however, many will fail at sticking to them. Not sure what to add to your list? Start here.
  • BI Goes Mobile: MDM Strategy for 2013 -- Mobile access to business intelligence (BI) will become more in demand in 2013, according to Forrester Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORR). The company recently released its BI predictions for 2013, and Forrester predicted that BI will continue to grow and that there will be more demand for mobile access to BI tools. How will that impact your mobile device management (MDM) strategy? We’ll analyze.
  • MSP Global Pricing Trends: 25% Will Raise Prices in 2013 -- Roughly 25 percent of MSPs plan to increase their managed services prices for 2013, but a fifth of MSPs expect to cut prices in 2013 and 55 percent will hold steady on pricing, according to a Global Pricing Survey report from Kaseya. But what are the actual pricing models? For instance, how much are MSPs charging for their managed services and break-fix services? Also, are MSPs using a per-device pricing model or something different? Here are some of the key data points.
  • Plan Your Defense: Top Malware Trends of 2013 -- Malware defense may not be at top of mind as the holidays approach. But with the new year around the corner, it’s a good time for managed services providers to reevaluate their security systems and research any potential threats. Will you ring in the new year with any unpleasant surprises? Here’s what you need to look for.
  • Gartner: Mobile and MDM, The Big Picture -- It’s pretty safe to say that mobile technology and mobile device management (MDM) are among the hottest technologies right now in the channel and elsewhere, so it’s not surprising that research juggernaut Gartner (NYSE: IT) has been providing quite a bit of market insight on them. Over the past several weeks the company has issued a series of releases that managed service providers may find helpful in navigating the MDM marketplace. Here’s what you need to know.
  • Goodbye Mobile Device Management, Hello Systems Management -- Mobile Device Management (MDM) will ultimately die as a standalone platform and will blend into systems management and/or RMM (remote monitoring and management) platforms. MSPmentor made that statement back in April 2012. And we’re repeating it now. Citrix Systems has acquired Zenprise. What’s coming next? What does all this mean for MSPs?
  • Gartner: Phone Security Threats Loom, MDM Strategies Needed -- While some industry executives may believe the days of bring your own device (BYOD) — cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices — are coming to an end, research firm Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) says that more businesses will be moving towards BYOD policies in 2013 and needing mobile device management (MDM) strategies. Indeed, a new Gartner survey reveals that 70 percent of companies plan to have BYOD policies in place in the next 12 months to let employees use personal mobile devices such as cell phones to connect to enterprise applications. Thirty-three percent of all organizations already have such policies in place. The results reveal that now is the time for companies to implement MDM strategies. What are the ramifications of this shift? Here’s what you need to know.
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