Mobile Device Management Vendors Comparison Essay

The consumerization and increasing mobility of IT has brought about widespread Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) adoption in businesses. To guard against security breaches, and also to bring these devices into the IT management fold, Mobile Device Management (MDM) suites are available from a wide range of vendors. These companies range from 'pure-play' MDM startups to software and services giants.

This is not a paid listing or an exhaustive list. It is a selection of key vendors in Asia that offer MDM suites--deployed either on-premise or as cloud services--to help provide a starting point for your search.

This is a fast-developing field, so expect to see plenty of activity--particularly acquisitions and strategic partnerships--from these companies in the coming months.


Company profile A leading pure-play MDM vendor with a large installed base, AirWatch offers a feature-rich but competitively priced suite that can be deployed as an on-premise solution, as a cloud-based service or as a dedicated appliance.
Geographical region Global
Target markets Enterprise, SMB
Featured MDM products & services Mobile Security, Mobile Device Management, Mobile Application Management, Mobile Content Management, Mobile Email Management
Contact AirWatch Technologies India, Prestige Shantiniketan the Business Precinct, 4th Floor, Tower B, Whitefield Main Road, Bengaluru - 560 048, Karnataka, India. Tel: +91 80 6728 82000
Key links White papers, Case studies, Pricing

Company profile Fiberlink is the only pure-play MDM vendor offering exclusively cloud-based solutions, its MaaS360 product embracing Mac OS- and Windows-based notebooks as well as a range of mobile OS platforms. MaaS360 has a broad reach, covering mobile device and application management, document sharing and expense management.
Geographical region Global
Target markets Enterprise, SMB
Featured MDM products & services MaaS360 (Mobile Device Management, Mobile App Management, Secure Document Sharing, Mobile Expense Management, Laptop Management)
Contact Fiberlink India #414, 3rd Floor, Regent Insignia, 100 Ft Road, Koramangala, 4th Block, Bangalore- 560 034. Tel: 91 80 6618 1800/ 01
Key links Solutions, Why MaaS360, Trials and Tools, Resources

Good Technology
Company profile A pioneer of the 'containerization' approach to separating corporate and personal data on mobile devices, Good Technology's core Good for Enterprise suite majors on security and collaboration. The more recent Good Mobile Manager is a simpler standalone MDM product.
Geographical region Global
Target markets Enterprise, SMB
Featured MDM products & services Good for Enterprise, Good Mobile Manager
Contact Good Technology Singapore, Centennial Tower Levels 21 & 34, 3 Temasek Avenue, Singapore 039190 Tel: +65 6549 7501 • Good Technology China, Unit 703, HNA Holding, No.108 Jian Guo Road, Chao Yang District, Beijing, PR of China, 100022. Tel: +86 010 5981 7066
Key links Product overview, Solutions overview, Industries overview, Resources

Company profile A leading pure-play MDM vendor, MobileIron offers a feature-rich suite that can be deployed as an on-premise solution or as a cloud-based service. Multiple mobile OSs, including Windows Phone 8, are supported, along with the establishment of secure enterprise app 'personas'.
Geographical region Global
Target markets Enterprise, SMB
Featured MDM products & services MobileIron VSP, MobileIron Connected Cloud, Advanced Mobile Management, MobileIron Atlas, MobileIron AppConnect & AppTunnel
Contact MobileIron Singapore, Level 42 Suntec Tower Three, 8 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038988. Tel: +65 6829 2186 • MobileIron China, D-607 SOHO Modern City, 88# Jianguo Rd, Beijing, China, Postcode: 100022. Tel: +86-10-8580-65880
Key links FAQ, Case studies, White papers

Motorola Solutions
Company profile With the separation of the consumer arm Motorola Mobility, Motorola Solutions is now focused on provding communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Its MSP product allows companies to manage its Motorola Solutions mobile computers, tablets and peripherals, as well as other BYOD consumer smartphones and tablets.
Geographical region Global
Target markets Enterprise, SMB
Featured MDM products & services Mobility Services Platform (MSP), Managed Device Service, Advanced Mobile Management, MobileIron Atlas, MobileIron AppConnect & AppTunnel
Contact Motorola Solutions India, Motorola Excellence Centre, 415/2 Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Sector 14, Gurgaon 122 001, Haryana, India. Tel: +91 124 4192000 • Motorola Solutions Singapore, UE BizHub Central, 12 Ang Mo Kio Street 64, Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 3, Singapore, 569088. Tel: +65 6643 9200 • Motorola Solutions China, No. 1 Wang Jing East Road, Chao Yang District, Beijing, China 100102. Tel: +86 10 847322880
Key links Mobile Device Management, MSP4, White paper

Company profile Formerly known as Resarch In Motion (RIM), BlackBerry was the original managed mobile device, courtesy of BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). The new BES 10 will, when fully rolled out, bring the management of devices running multiple mobile OSs (BlackBerry OS, Playbook OS, iOS, Android) under one system: currently a mixture of BES 5 and Mobile Fusion is required.
Geographical region Global
Target markets Enterprise, SMB
Featured MDM products & services BlackBerry Enterprise Server, BlackBerry Fusion
Contact RIM Singapore, 1 International Business Park, Singapore 609917. Tel: +65 6879 8700
Key links Inside BlackBerry, Consumerisation of IT, BlackBerry Balance

Company profile Afaria, which SAP acquired when it bought Sybase in 2010, is a scalable mobile device/application management solution that can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud (via Amazon Web Services). One of Afaria's strengths is sophisticated analytics and reporting, thanks to its integration with SAP's BusinessObjects BI solution.
Geographical region Global
Target markets Enterprise
Featured MDM products & services SAP Afaria
Contact SAP Asia, 30 Pasir Panjang Road, #03-32, Mapletree Business City, Singapore 117440. Tel: +65 6664-6868 • SAP China (Chaoyang), 12th Floor, Tower 2, China Central Place, No. 79 Jianguo Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025. Tel: +86/10/6589-8888 • SAP China (Haidian), Unit 7-9,7F, Raycom Infotech Park Tower C, 2 Kexeyuan Nanlu Haidian District, Beijing 100080. Tel: +86/10/6589-8888 • SAP India, 2nd Floor, The Great Eastern Centre 70, Nehru Place, New Delhi 110 019 • +91 11 6602 7200 / + 91 11 3090 7200
Key links BYOD, Cloud, Free trial

Company profile Best known as a security vendor, Symantec's 2012 purchases of Odyssey and Nukona have strengthened its position in mobile device and application management. Symantec Mobile Management Suite offers a good set of modular features, with mostly on-premises deployment.
Geographical region Global
Target markets Enterprise, SMB
Featured MDM products & services Symantec Mobile Management Suite (Symantec Mobile Management, Symantec App Center, Symantec Mobile Security)
Contact Symantec Singapore, 6 Temasek Boulevard, #11-01 Suntec Tower 4, Singapore 038986. Tel +65 6333 6366
Key links Data sheets & white papers, Trialware: Symantec Mobile Management 7.2

Trend Micro
Company profile Founded in the U.S. and headquarted in Japan, the cloud security company, is pushing into the mobility arena to bring cloud-based offerings that help organizations cope with BYOD security concerns such as analyzing mobile apps for malware.
Geographical region Global
Target markets Enterprise, SMB
Featured MDM products & services Mobile App Reputation Service (MARS), Mobile Security
Contact Trend Micro Singapore, 73 Science Park Drive, #03-02 Cintech I, Singapore Science Park 1, Singapore 118254. Tel: +65 651300205 • Trend Micro Beijing, Room 1803, SK Tower, Beijing 100022, China. Tel: +86 10 85252277 • Trend Micro Shanghai, 8/F, Century Ba-shi Building, 398 Huai Hai Road(M), Shanghai 200020, China. Tel: +86 21 63848899 • Trend Micro Delhi, #501 & 502, 5th floor, DLF Place, Saket, New Delhi - 110017 India. Tel: +91-11-4269 9000 • Trend Micro Mumbai, 801, 8th Floor, Housefin Bhavan, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E), Mumbai-400 051 India. Tel: +91-22-2657 3023
Key links Mobile Security and Mobile Device Management, Implementing BYOD Plans: Are You Letting Malware In?, Embracing Consumerization with Confidence (white paper)

Company profile Acquired by Citrix in December 2012, leading pure-play MDM vendor Zenprise offers both on-premise and cloud-based solutions. The company has recently added mobile content management to its portfolio with the announcement of Zensuite.
Geographical region Global
Target markets Enterprise, SMB
Featured MDM products & services Zenprise MobileManager, Zencloud, Zensuite
Contact Citrix Systems Singapore, 50 Collyer Quay, #07-03, OUE Bayfront, Singapore, 049321. Tel: +65 6725 5300 • Citrix India, 33 Ulsoor Road, Bangalore, 560042 India. Tel: +91 80 39541000 • Citrix Systems China, Unit 2501-9 & 14-16, 25 Floor 8 Century Avenue Pudong New Area, Shanghai, 200120, China. Tel: +86 21 6193 05000
Key links Enterprise Mobility Solutions, Demos and product videos, Solution briefs and datasheets, Webinars, White papers

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Mobile Device Management (MDM) tools are utilized by enterprises across the globe. Whether your organization is large or small, keeping your data safe is vital to success in whichever vertical you find yourself doing business in.

Microsoft, IBM and VMWare are all major players in this market; however, there are tons of other providers worth looking into. Here are just six that we think are worth keeping an eye on in the New Year:


Jamf is a solid vendor in this space and has a unique edge, in that they are dedicated to the Mac OS. Their goal is to simplify IT for Mac, iPad, iPhone and Apple TV.

The Jamf team primarily works with small businesses to help configure, manage and protect devices. Jamf uses central app deployment, remote passcode enforcement, and encryption for security.

Their mission is to help businesses succeed with Apple.

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ManageEngine Desktop Central is integrated desktop and MDM software with complete protection. Desktop Central helps enterprises configure and secure their devices from one location.

Their tool will help manage mobile devices; configure devices for WiFi, VPN and email; apply restrictions; secure devices; and much more. Plus, they offer a free version of this for small businesses.

They serve tons of well known customers including Honda and IBM.


Hypori has a user-centric solution for mobility, targeted toward specific industries including healthcare, public sector and payments along with financial services. Their Virtual Mobile Infrastructure platform protects enterprise data and apps, and eliminates the need to store them on an end-user’s device.

Their VMI tool is activated with a single touch and allows an organization to execute a mobile strategy while keeping both the enterprise and end-user happy.


Tangoe’s Connection Lifecycle Management technology, Matrix, is an on-demand suite of software and services designed to turn on, secure, and manage various connections in an enterprise’s communications lifecycle, including mobile, fixed, machine, cloud, social, and IT.

They offer an enormous amount of benefits for clients, including:

  • Complete lifecycle solution
  • Reduce expense and mobile TCO
  • Increase operational efficiency
  • Eliminate the burden of doing
  • Reduce risk and increase security
  • Minimize budget waste
  • Maximize savings opportunities
  • Audit and validation across your mobile environment
  • Enforce policy and compliance
  • Increase employee satisfaction
  • Enable mobile workforce productivity

Snow Software

This software company believes that companies pay too much for their software, and their mission to help stop that. They offer Software Asset Management solutions and a complete EMM solution. They have a customer base of more than 6,000 enterprises across the globe and they manage software licensing across more than 11 million devices from mobile to the cloud.

Hexnode MDM

The Hexnode MDM dashboard provides a user with complete control over what’s happening on the mobile devices within your enterprise. It features quick stats widgets to show user key metrics and more. It also features summary panes so a user can access vital information regarding BYOD and compliance. Plus, an activity feed ensures a user is able to track stats on device enrollment, policy creations and compliance among other things.

We have more information on top vendors, as well as others, in our MDM Buyer’s Guide. Download your own copy for free, here.

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