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Part: II SyncML In-Depth > Device Management

Chapter 9. Device Management

The need for device management (DM) grows ever more crucial as the nature of mobile devices dramatically changes. The complexity of mobile devices is increasing as applications become richer and more powerful. In addition, completely new applications and capabilities are being introduced in mobile devices. These new devices in mass-market environments are used by end-users with minimal technical interest or skills. To hide the complexity of the mobile devices from the end-users and to provide the convenience of seamless functionality of mobile applications, device management technology is necessary.

There are several interest groups in this area in addition to the SyncML® Initiative. Mostly, these groups are associated with standardization organizations preparing standards and specifications in wireless technology environments. Some notable examples are the WAP Forum® and 3GPP™ (3rd Generation Partnership Project). As there are many interest groups and as this technology area is very young in the mobile and wireless environment, even the terminology in the DM area is not yet stable. Other known and commonly used terms for device management are terminal management, user equipment management (UEM), and continuous provisioning.


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