Enteprise mobility management: The last frontier in enduser and endpoint management

IT executives and managers like control; since the very early days of computers, executives and managers have preoccupied themselves with being able to control and secure access. Can anyone blame them for this preoccupation; in fact, with the growth in attacks and the number of bad guys looking to steal corporate data (information) there is indeed more justification for this preoccupation.

With the explosion of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops; watch out for other IoT devices that will start connecting to corporate networks soon) and their use in the enterprise, managing those devices constitute a new paradigm.

Gartner has an excellent paper on “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites”. The attached whitepaper takes the work further and discusses the implementation of the solutions, comparing and contrasting the solutions. The whitepaper will be useful for those mainly interested in a proof of technology (POT) or proof of concept (POC).

Note: Only vendors in the “LEADERS” quadrant of Gartner’s (June 2004) publication are included in the whitepaper. The vendors are: MobileIron, AirWatch, IBM, Good Technology and Citrix.

The great guys at PQR have also updated their smackdown series; you will find one for enterprise mobility management.

Windows Intune gets a makeover

Since my first review (download whitepaper) of Windows Intune, Microsoft has released a new beta version with the following features / capabilities:

  • Software Distribution
  • Group Policy Conflict notification
  • Remote Actions

The other minor improvements are: support for images, enhancements to the user interface, third party license management and hardware dashboard.

Windows Intune is now looking like the real deal but there are still some enhancements which can give the product a real competitive edge in the enterprise as opposed to the SME target, as discussed in my first review.  Some of the missing capabilities are: Mobile Device Management, Support for non-Windows devices, and Global Availability of the Service.

Windows Intune White Paper

Windows Intune White Paper

This white paper is a must read for you if you are any of the following:

  • IT Manager
  • IT Strategy Architect
  • C-Level IT Executive in an SME
  • Systems Management Professional
  • IT Professional 
  • Contracts and Procurement Executive
  • A curious professional keen on reducing the cost of systems management

And you are experiencing any of the following challenges in your systems management landscape:

  • Reducing the CAPEX of your systems management solution
  • Patching and managing endpoint devices in remotely connected geographies or places with very patchy internet connections
  • Patching and managing endpoint devices disconnected from the corporate network
  • Difficulty in hiring competent professionals with in-depth understanding of systems management solutions
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