DCIG is pleased to announce the release of its 2014 Mobile Data Management (MDM) Buyer’s Guide that weight, score and rank over 100 features. Like previous Buyer’s Guides, this Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that organizations need when selecting Mobile Data Management software to help meet the security, compliance and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) challenges in an ever increasing mobile enterprises.

DCIG invested hundreds of hours designing a survey that would capture the data that matters most to prospective mobile data management purchasers, gathering the relevant data, and then analyzing the results. The data collection survey included over 150 scored questions. 

The resulting data was categorized, standardized and distilled into summary scoring and ranking tables as well as a one-page data sheet for each array. This powerful combination of summary data and data sheets make it easy to do quick, side-by-side comparisons of mobile data management vendors–enabling organizations to quickly get to a short list of products that may meet their requirements.

Recent statistics surrounding Mobile Data Management along with the bring your own device (BYOD) movement are astounding.  Consider these facts;

  • Sixty-one percent of small to mid-sized businesses (SMB’s) have adopted a BYOD policy or initiative for employee-owned smartphones, tablets, or computers.
  • In 2011, worldwide mobile enterprise management software revenue totaled $444.6 million.  This number is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.8% over the forecast period, resulting in total Mobile Enterprise Management (MEM) software revenue of 2016.
  • In 2010-2011 companies such as MobileIron, AirWatch, Good Technology, Fiberlink and Zenprise each realized triple-digit growth.

The advent of multi-functioning mobile devices gave corporate America a whole new set of possibilities in the workplace.  Employers and employees alike realized the potential for growth and recognizable positive production with the use of devices that went wherever they did.  Apple’s iPhone and iPad emerged, then the Android platform, all of which forced organizations to maneuver past a corporate-liable policy and accept a BYOD strategy.

Though the concept of allowing private mobile devices at work may not be entirely new, how organizations have decided to deal with the onslaught of usage is.  Instead of managing the entire personal device, organizations simply want to control the trail of sensitive information.

In exchange for corporate issued devices, organizations began to look into geo-fencing as a means to control data.  Other state-of-the-art solutions were needed to alleviate the risk of data leakage and augment security around the information going to and from the devices network.  Therefore, management of devices needed to be flexible.  Solutions needed to be more open to work with either on-premise infrastructure, the cloud, or a hybrid approach deliver model.

Research has found that the mobility of the BYOD could be a way to maintain company efficiency.  Despite this fact, even with the use of BYOD on the upswing, twenty-six percent of businesses have yet to set up comprehensive Mobile Data Management strategies alongside their BYOD plans. 

As cloud adoption continues to gain acceptance so does the concern with administrative and security features available for differing mobile operating systems.

DCIG understands these needs and has risen to the unique challenge of providing you and your organization with a comprehensive list of MDM providers and their competing features.  Our goal is to assist you with in this all-important buying decision while removing much of the mystery around how MDM providers are configured and the stress in selecting which ones are suitable for which purposes.

It is in this context that DCIG presents its 2014 Mobile Data Management Buyer’s Guide. As prior Buyer’s Guides have done, it puts at the fingertips of organizations a comprehensive list of Mobile Data Management providers. This Guide includes detailed, standardized data sheets that list out the features of each Mobile Data Management vendor so they can understand the benefits and drawbacks of each one and then make an informed buying decision.

The DCIG 2014 Mobile Data Management Buyer’s Guide Top 10 solutions include (in alphabetical order): Amtel Lifecycle Management, Excitor DME Mobile Device Manager, Fiberlink MAAS 360 Mobile Device Manager, Fixmo EMP, MobileIron Advanced Mobile Management, Motorola Services Platform V4, SAP Afaria, Sophos Mobile Control, Symantec Mobile Management Suite and Tangoe Mobile Device Management.

The DCIG 2014 Mobile Data Management Buyer’s Guide is immediately available. It may be downloaded for no charge with registration by following this link.

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