With bring-your-own-device becoming increasingly popular at companies across the United States, Galen Gruman writes on InfoWorld that "you ain't seen nothing yet." Gruman said mobile device management could become even more essential for businesses during 2012.

"Many companies that have accepted the BYOD phenomenon are taking the next step, shifting from a passive acceptance spurred on by employees and executives who would use iPhones, iPads, and Androids anyhow to active exploitation of BYOD to increase productivity and reduce mobile telecom costs," Gruman said. "In other words, businesses are learning that not only are mobile-equipped information workers a great way to increase productivity and ROI, but that employees will foot much or all of the bill for the privilege."

Most of the movement toward the BYOD trend has developed because of the growing popularity of the iPhone, Gruman said. However, Android devices are causing many of the security risks for companies. This is because the Android app marketplace is less strict than Apple's, which has led to more threats for the former.

Sys-Con said mobile device management in the cloud can be helpful for businesses looking to create a mobile workforce. Some tools enable administrators to restrict what information employees can access through their phones, and the websites they access.