Mobile devices allow businesses to adopt bring your own device (BYOD) and remote work policies, but these devices must be monitored and managed properly. That’s why you need mobile device management (MDM) software to make sure all smartphones, tablets, and laptops used for work are up to date, secure, and even wiped in case they’re lost or stolen.
Here are the top five MDM solutions you should consider:
Microsoft Intune is the gold standard in MDM solutions. It lets you track and manage mobile devices, desktops, and apps from one centralised console, giving you complete oversight of your IT assets and employees.
What sets it apart from other products in this list is its attention to security. Intune is equipped with advanced threat analytics, device-level encryption, intrusion prevention, and identity and access management solutions to prevent costly data breaches. The latest update even comes with geofencing features, which detect when company-registered devices leave the office network and prevent them from connecting to harmful public networks.
In addition to increased security, Intune integrates with other Microsoft services, such as Azure and Office 365, making it an attractive option for companies running Microsoft-centric environments.
VMware Airwatch is another top contender in this list that provides comprehensive MDM features. AirWatch protects devices with cutting-edge encryption protocols, access management, and geofencing systems. You can even create detailed reports on app usage, security problems, and device compliance issues to make informed decisions about your BYOD strategy.
While AirWatch is a near-perfect product, it has its limitations. According to reviews, the default admin console is cumbersome and needs to be customised. It also has limited functionality with Windows 10 devices like the Service Pro and requires you to manually register the device in the MDM database, which can be tedious.
ManageEngine Mobile Device Manager Plus
ManageEngine is loaded with robust features. ManageEngine allows employees to enrol their devices into your BYOD programme by scanning QR codes available on the ManageEngine app or through a straightforward web-based registration process. The best part is its intuitive user interface, which has a navigation toolbar and quick links to help you find commonly used functions.
However, ManageEngine suffers from having limited compatibility with Windows 10 mobile devices and no geofencing features, which is a must-have for ensuring devices are compliant with company and security policies.
IBM MaaS360 is in the same league as AirWatch and Intune in that it provides detailed reporting, multi-platform security, and selective wiping features — but it is lacking in certain areas.
For starters, MaaS360’s user interface is crowded and complex, so you’ll often be using the search function to find the features you need. Some add-ons like advanced data syncing and secure chat are only available in more expensive packages, which can drive up costs. Finally, sending remote commands like updating and wiping mobile devices can also take hours or not send at all, according to subscribers.
Baramundi Management Suite
Baramundi Management Suite includes all the standard MDM features, including desktop management, automated updates, and data wipe features. The downside is it’s not as refined as more established MDM products.
For example, simple administrative functions, such as locking or wiping a device, requires several steps to complete. You need to program a specific set of instructions called ‘Jobs’ and then deploy it to a specific device. The dashboard is also difficult to modify and doesn’t let you interact with charts and images.
What’s more, Baramundi Management Suite is missing key features like geolocation tracking and mobile expense management, and is heavily reliant on Microsoft integrations to achieve full functionality. If you’re looking for more advanced features, it makes more sense to consider the other options in this list.
Our top pick: Microsoft Intune
It’s a close tie between VMware AirWatch and Microsoft Intune, but if you already rely on Microsoft services, it’s a no-brainer. Even though AirWatch has a slight lead for its reporting features, Intune’s integrations and security capabilities can’t be ignored.
If you want to try this world-class MDM solution, contact Empower IT Solutions today. Our seasoned experts will install and optimise your Intune software so you can reap the benefits of BYOD!