Mobile Device Management

With Increasing culture of WFH (Work from home) and companies promoting BYOD (bring your own device) its quintessential that organization also adopt to technologies that protect data theft and provides organization admins to have necessary controls to manage devices remotely

The number of headline-grabbing data security breaches has grown in recent years. Many of these disasters in the past year were the result of the loss or security breach of mobile devices. As a result, IT managers need to find ways to securely manage these devices more than ever before. The average employee has come to expect a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) culture in their company, but the BYOD movement still represents a significant attack vector to corporate security. IT managers must find ways to facilitate the use of personal devices while also keeping work and personal data both separate and secure.

It’s been a while since we dug into the mobile device management (MDM) category, so it’s time for an update. However, updating this round of MDM product reviews has seen some vendors pushing for a more comprehensive review. Citrix, IBM, Microsoft, and VMware have expanded their product offerings and are steering customers toward their higher-end options. In most cases, this is based on customer demand and the need to manage a wider range of devices and applications.

For this review roundup round, we looked at AppTec360 Enterprise Mobility Management, Baramundi Management Suite, ManageEngine Mobile Device Manager Plus, SOTI MobileControl, along with Citrix XenMobile, IBM MaaS360, Microsoft Intune, VMware AirWatch. MobileIron declined to participate. These products are the best of the best in the MDM space. The other leader, according to Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, is BlackBerry, which we hope to review in a later round of this update. Microsoft has made some gains from last year’s version and now sits at number six on the list.

Identity is a key piece of the MDM puzzle and is foundational to protecting corporate assets, be they physical or digital. Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) Suite includes the basic MDM functionality plus their Azure Active Directory (AD) identity product. VMware has added improvements to their identity solution and rolled it into the VMware Workspace One product. All the products we tested provide integration with Microsoft’s on-premises AD service to authenticate corporate users.

Another trend that has continued to gain momentum is the use of personal devices for accessing corporate mail and content. All vendors provide some level of monitoring for devices that are simply enrolled and not managed. It’s common to treat corporately-owned devices differently, down to the level of providing a minimal number of apps, and restricting or disabling the ability to install new apps. The primary concern for corporate IT personnel is the protection of company data, and all of the products we tested provide this at some level.

Our Team at Aimbix works on Open Source MDM solutions as well to help small business and enterprise get cost effective solution

Flyve MDM

Flyve MDM is an open source mobile device management tool that can be managed by a web-based controller.

MDM uses 0% battery of your devices, so you can run your other applications easily without worrying about the battery usage.

So, let’s have a look at some of the key features of this open-source mobile device management tool

  • On Android devices, MDM can manage management tasks and self-enrolment.
  • In a situation where you require any particular device information. Their also MDM is capable of retrieving the device information.
  • MDM uses HTTPS and MQTT/TLS protocols for communication.
  • It also provides you a feature wherein you could remotely lock the devices.

OneMDM

OneMDM is a well-known open-source mobile device management tool that can easily manage a wide range of android devices in the organization.

So let’s have a look at the arsenal of OneMDM

  • If your Android device is updated with KitKat or beyond, then you can install this application.
  • It only supports Android devices, but further on OneMDM can launch its more variants.
  • An admin of the tool can track the devices both online and offline.
  • After installation, you can send the invite notification to other users.

Miradore

Miradore was founded in the year 2006, and then onwards, it has become one of the famous mobile device management organization.

Miradore has an impressive client list. It has served thousands of customers in more than 160 countries around the globe.

So let’s figure out some of the top features of this tool:

  • One of the biggest features of this tool is that it is easy to use, and within a couple of minutes, you can implement it in your local system.
  • This tool can support nearly all operating system available in the market which includes Android, iOS, Windows and macOS.
  • If you own a small organization, then you can use Miradore for free.
  • Miradore has its knowledgebase and community where you could learn and ask the queries.
  • Easy-to-use dashboard where you could simply analyze the devices connected with the tool.

ManageEngine

ManageEngine works with Zoho corporation to provide the best ever solutions regarding MDM.

ManageEngine provides you multiple and flexible solutions that could be useful in any scenario, irrespective of your organization size.

So, here are some of the top listed features of this tool:

  • With two factor authentication, you could enroll iOS and Android devices easily.
  • With the help of platform containerization and active exchange synchronization. You can securely manage your organization’s corporate email.
  • With ManageEngine, you can also do the audit of mobile devices.

Relution

Relution is one of its kind solution in the MDM world. It’s main objectives include simplifying client’s major tasks like app lifecycle management, mobile security and management.

So, let’s discuss some of the key features of this tool:

  • In case of emergency, this tool will send you notification alerts.
  • Information related to each device is available on Relution MDM portal.
  • With a click, you can easily allocate applications to the respective mobile devices for both groups and individuals.
  • Right now, this application is fully compatible with Android devices.

Headwind MDM

This tool is considered to be the most powerful open-source MDM platform among all.

Moreover, if you are looking for a tool that acts as a corporate shell and useful for your IT team and system administrator’s team, then you should go with this tool.

Let’s have a look some of the key features of this tool

  • You will get frequent updates of the software.
  • You will also get a custom Android launcher, which you could install on your mobile devices.
  • You will also get an access to the bulk configuration of the applications installed on the mobile devices.

WipeDrive

WipeDrive will allow your organization to securely manage its assets and monitor both Android and iOS devices.

They are also planning to release a compatible version for other operating systems.

So, here are some of the top listed features of this tool:

  • This tool will allow you to encrypt the data even when the device is locked.
  • You can also set the password policy. Afterwards, without admin approval, device owners won’t be able to change the passwords of the devices.
  • With WipeDrive, you will allow to set a rule on enabling or disabling the mobile camera.
  • For mass messaging, you can use the MDM server.

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