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In its broadest use, the term device management software refers to applications that are used to manage various kinds of devices. Many of these software solutions are made to manage specific kinds of devices within a certain industry, and to manage a collection of these devices in coordinated use.
One of the biggest areas of device management software is mobile device management (MDM) software. MDM software helps businesses to control the use of smartphones and mobile devices that are part of company operations or that hold sensitive company data. Many kinds of MDM software are built based on businesses' security needs, where employees carrying BYOD devices with company information could expose an enterprise to risk.
In addition to MDM software, other types of device management software can also handle the use of small USB flash drives, digital music players or other devices that connect to company computers or systems. Small USB-connected peripheral devices can introduce malware, steal data, or otherwise create problems in enterprise IT systems. Modern device management software includes various monitoring features that help companies to lower risk and get more information about how peripheral or external devices are being used.
In addition to device management software for security, some industries use specialized device management software for manufacturing or infrastructure devices, such as multiple hardware pieces operating in machine-to-machine (M2M) setups, or hardware pieces networked together as part of a telecommunications infrastructure.