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November 1, 2011 No Comments

SOURCE: TelecomReseller

Fiberlink, the leader in software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for secure mobile device and application management, today announced the expansion of MaaS360 to include extensive Mobile Expense Management (MEM) capabilities. MaaS360 provides IT, finance and operations the information necessary to gain insight into mobile activity and make more informed business decisions. Armed with the ability to proactively monitor and track mobile data and application usage, enterprises can now enforce corporate-wide expense policies, optimize their mobile spend and shift the accountability more to the business and individual employees.

With mobile devices now an indispensible tool in business communications, CFOs are demanding that IT departments monitor and control wireless usage to trim costs. MaaS360 provides a secure, web-based console for managing wireless plans, data usage trends and policies without the need to deploy additional hardware, software or professional services.

Delivered through the cloud, MaaS360 makes it simple to access real-time mobility intelligence while bringing ROI with optimization strategies and cost control measures. Custom policies can be distributed to individuals, groups or groups of devices by service provider. MaaS360’s reporting functionality provides detailed metrics for individual usage by devices and company data usage trending information. IT administrators receive real-time alerts when data usage thresholds are met or exceeded, providing the opportunity to take automated action.

For employees, MaaS360’s on-device application provides easy-to-use self-service usage monitoring tools. Employees can receive customized messages when approaching data thresholds and recommendations to switch to free Wi-Fi access.

MaaS360 for MEM delivers the following features for iOS and Android devices:

  • Policies based on specific groups: Granular level policies can be set for both corporate-owned and employee-owned devices.
  • Policies restricting or limiting roaming: Enterprises can tie into their mobile device management (MDM) policies and restrict data usage based on context such as international roaming devices.
  • Usage monitoring, tracking and alerting: Administrators can set limits and alerts and view real-time data usage. Users can receive alerts for behavior modification.
  • Extensive reporting capabilities: Administrators can visualize usage across multiple attributes, analyze trending reports on usage over time and capture exception reporting.

“The explosion of mobile devices for business usage has drastically increased productivity, and consequentially driven wireless bills through the roof. MaaS360 enables enterprises to effectively control the cost of enterprise mobility, regardless of who owns the device,” said Chuck Brown, director of product management at Fiberlink. “With the addition of mobile expense management capabilities, MaaS360 provides a holistic operational approach to managing smart devices. The business intelligence provided with MaaS360 enables administrators to take pre-emptive steps and enforce a strong automated cost containment strategy resulting in a real dollar value.”

MaaS360 also provides a cost overage estimator to calculate the anticipated cost per megabyte of overage, providing management with real-time business intelligence centered on cost reduction and savings. Individuals using personally owned mobile devices will be able to monitor their data usage and receive alerts to prevent billing overages.

MaaS360 for mobile expense management is available now and is free to get started.

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