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Enterprise Mobile Device Management (MDM) Vendor List

Enterprise Mobile Device Management (MDM) Vendor List

If you're considering an MDM solution, you have many options to choose from. Here is an alphabetical list of enterprise mobile device management solutions to help you get started with the research.

The biggest advantage of enterprise mobile device management suites is device control. Most MDM tools allow enterprises to manage the entire user device, assuming complete control, including the ability to remotely lock or wipe the device. For this reason, MDM solutions are the best option for corporate-owned devices, as many employees won't want to surrender their personal devices to that much control; however, many organizations with bring your own device (BYOD) plans have been able to successfully incorporate MDM solutions as well.

Today's MDM software is capable of securing a wide variety of mobile devices and operating systems, including mobile phones, tablets, laptops, mobile printers, mobile POS devices and more. Many MDM tools are part of comprehensive mobility suites that also include application and content management and some are integrated into endpoint protection solutions which also secure desktops and servers. Additionally, more and more vendors are offering software development kits (SDKs) for further integration and customization.

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AirWatch MDM

AirWatch mobile device management, now part of VMware, is a comprehensive mobility solution that enables IT admins to manage an organization's mobile workforce from a centralized console. Employees can easily enroll their company issued, personal or shared devices. Access and restrictions to corporate data and applications are based on user profiles, which can be configured with AD or LDAP. Customizable dashboards provide up-to-date usage information allowing administrators to track compliance, identify security issues, send out push notifications and if necessary, take remedial action such as lock device or device wipe. Other features include usage log reporting and integration with third party BI applications.

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Amtel MDM

Amtel mobile device management is a cloud-based mobility management solution. Device location controls can be configured to provide and/or restrict access to corporate applications as users move in and out of restricted areas. Tight integration with Amtel's Mobile Expense Management (MEM) module is available to keep track and report on employee and device usage. The Telecom Monitoring feature provides important cost saving functions that allow administrators to set role-based thresholds for voice, data or text usage, trigger international roaming alerts based on geo-fencing controls, and eliminate costly international calls by re-routing users to a company virtual calling card, if available.

BlackBerry BES 10

BlackBerry Enterprise Service or BES 10 is the company's enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution. Mobile device management is a key part of its EMM architecture; however, it is not sold as a stand-alone product, but rather as part of the entire EMM solution. The user self-service portal provides employees the freedom to manage and secure their own devices. Aside from its newly adopted multi-OS capabilities and easy-to-use single management console, mobile security is the highlighted main feature. In terms of authentication, BES 10 provides support for both passwords and certificates. Additionally, BES 10 has numerous security certifications from government agencies and has been awarded with "Full Operational Capability" on U.S. Department of Defense networks.

Citrix XenMobile MDM

Citrix XenMobile MDM can be purchased as a separate solution or as part of the XenMobile EMM Suite. It is also available as a cloud hosted or on-premises offering. A recent collaboration with Samsung resulted in a XenMobile KNOX Edition which allows tight administration and control over Samsung KNOX-enabled mobile devices. XenMobile MDM provides management of multiple-user shared devices and configuration of role based security policies. XenMobile also provides secure browsing through CXMWeb. Integration with Citrix's GoToAssist module which includes live support, screen sharing and chat options are available to address user issues on the spot.  

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Good Technology MDM

Good Technology's mobile device management is not available as a separate product. Instead, it is included in the company’s various mobility solutions including, Good for Enterprise (GFE), Good Collaboration Suite, and Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform. The MDM features include self-service enrollment, basic device management controls for reduced support necessity, automatic configuration of devices based on Active Directory status, intuitive policy control and enforcement, and Full Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) reporting. Good Technology also recently acquired BoxTone and launched a cloud-based mobile device management platform called Good Pro.

IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices

IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices provides combined management support for mobile devices (like smartphones, tablets and laptops) as well as traditional enterprise systems like desktops and servers. The system's monitoring features include tracking device inventory where IT personnel can drill down to each device's details, hardware information, location (in map form), data usage, installed certificates and more. Multi-tenancy provisioning allows multiple users per device. The solution's infrastructure allows up to 250,000 endpoints with minimal bandwidth congestion. Other Endpoint Manager features include jail-broken and rooted device detection and remote lock and wipe capabilities, identification of policy non-compliant devices, asset inventory and configuration collection "over-the-air." IBM's Endpoint Manager offers a single administration view of your organization's heterogeneous environment, with cloud-based delivery available for policies and reports, and remote management of connection configurations.

McAfee Mobility Management

McAfee's MDM solution is encapsulated within its Enterprise Mobility Management Suite. As a security vendor, McAfee's mobility solution is based around the company's data protection solutions. McAfee's list of features and benefits includes blocking of devices with malware, encryption and authentication enforcement, remote lock and data wipe for lost or stolen devices, and alerts for jail-broken or rooted devices on the network. McAfee's EMM suite also supports BYOD through "over-the-air" distribution of policy and provisioning. For IT administrators, McAfee's solution runs from a single management console that provides governance over mobile devices as well as PCs, laptops, and servers with security management features like notifications, mobile dashboards and more.

Microsoft Windows Intune

Windows Intune is primarily a cloud-based mobile and PC management solution. Intune offers mobile device management through a web-based administration console (accessible from any Silverlight-enabled web browser). In addition to Microsoft's core mobile device platforms like Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, Intune supports Apple iOS and Android devices. While Windows Intune can be used solo for cloud-based management of mobile devices, it can also integrate with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to include enhanced management of enterprise on-premises PC assets with Windows as well as Macs, UNIX and Linux servers. Intune manages mobile device configuration settings, application deployment, software updates and endpoint protection, hardware and software inventory, cloud-based reporting and standard data protection for mobile devices including security settings, remote wipe and lock, and password reset.

Samsung MDM

Samsung's enterprise mobility solution is offered on various Samsung smartphones and tablets utilizing Samsung KNOX technology. KNOX features include flexible container usability, allowing access to most third party Android OS-based apps and the ability to create multiple containers to silo off different types of sensitive data. KNOX also provides heightened hardware and software security at the kernel level and in the device boot function; by containing these functions, Samsung's TrustZone technology provides hardware-based protection and multi-layer security. Samsung also offers a complete suite of enterprise mobility management features for KNOX as well as the Samsung Enterprise SDK.

Symantec Mobile Management

Symantec Mobile Management is offered as a stand-alone MDM software solution or as part of the Symantec Mobile Suite. SMM is designed to meet the many challenges of managing mobile devices such as identifying mobile devices accessing networks, ensuring consistency in maintenance and security, and securing devices that may have sensitive data, while also integrating with existing Symantec application infrastructures. Security features, such as device locking, device wiping and data encryption are included. Additionally, SMM provides a facility for remote reset of devices, the ability for managers to remotely take control of suspect smartphones, and access to creation of ad-hoc reports.  SMM's inventory feature, which allows "over-the-air" hardware and software inventory collection, helps IT staff keep mobile device loss numbers down and provide better management of device procurement lifecycle.

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