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Gartner Report Discusses Leading Mobile Device Management Vendors


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August 15, 2011

Gartner Report Discusses Leading Mobile Device Management Vendors

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

Last month, research firm Gartner released a study that analyzed mobile device management solutions from 13 different providers. The results clearly showed that Zenprise, Mobile Active Defense (News - Alert) and MobileIron scored highest overall, with Good Technology ranked as the “best single email-centric solution for secure enterprise mobile email.”

A recent article claimed that Gartner fist looked at over 60 vendors within the mobile device management industry and then looked in-depth at different client-side and server-based solutions for both on-premises and cloud delivery models.

The authors of the survey said in a statement, "While most mature products (such as those from Good Technology, Sybase and MobileIron) are on-premises, a growing range of cloud services offerings (such as those from AirWatch (News - Alert), Fiberlink and Tangoe) are starting to appeal to users because they are more economical."

Contained in the report are three crucial suggestions in regards to mobile device management:

First, according to authors Monica Basso and Phillip Redman, make sure to select vendors that can fully support a lightweight management approach in which the security and management requirements are minimal and deep control is not accepted by employees using personal devices which is the case with companies like MobileIron, BoxTone (News - Alert), Fiberlink and AirWatch.

Second, be sure to choose vendors that support a heavyweight approach in delivering highly secure and simply managed corporate email to both consumer and personal devices, where strict security and compliance requirements are easily adhered to.

Third, if users of iOS need to reset their devices for certain encryption solutions such as the function found within a data protection mechanism in iOS 4, they should maintain the capability to engage total device encryption that can be activated through setting a password that then connects directly to Exchange Active Sync for email, calendar and contacts . In addition, the data can then be easily resynched.

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Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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