SneakPreview: “Microsoft is closing the gap for enterprise Mobile Device Management”. Product comparison shortly available…


Soon you can expect a product comparison of Microsoft Enterprise Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution based on the recent announced System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 and the 5th generation of Windows Intune (wave E).

Recently Gartner published the Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management where Microsoft was missing as enterprise Mobile Device Management vendor. That makes me wondering why? Whether justified or not is subordinate! What matters is what Microsoft offers right now with Unified Mobile Device Management (UDM). That was the trigger…

Herewith a short impression …

With the announcement of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune (wave E) Microsoft offers a mature Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution which it emphatically (re)positions itself in the market of enterprise device management software. Various publications including Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software (May 2013) shows that Microsoft plays no significant role in the market of enterprise mobile device management software.

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Figure 1Gartners Magic Quadrant for MDM software.

 

Successors System Center Mobile Device Management 2008 wasn’t that success where the current version of Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune (wave D) closing the gap by providing base MDM functionality. But was it good enough to be a serious competitor in the market of enterprise MDM solutions? With the announcement of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and 5th generation of Windows Intune (wave E) I am convinced this will change!

Goal of this article is providing an high-level overall product comparison of Microsoft MDM solution based on Configuration Manager 2012 R2/Windows Intune with the current MDM market leaders Airwatch, MobileIron, Citrix and Good Technology based on the following principles: platform support, infrastructure, features, licensing and pricing.

 

Platform Support

As mentioned the product comparison is limited to the four market leaders as there’re too many MDM vendors. What is striking the scope of traditional mobile devices is expanding to tablets and regular computers. This because hardware and software becoming more cloud-aware. Devices are more and more anywhere anytime anyplace connected.Most vendors supports all the major mobile platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Microsoft Windows Phone. You should wonder What type of mobile devices will we support?’ will help you choosing a solution which best fits your needs.

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Most vendors supports all the major mobile platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Microsoft Windows Phone. You should wonder What type of mobile devices will we support?’ will help you choosing a solution which best fits your needs.

Soon the full blog post follow. Stay tuned!

Thanks, Ronny

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