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Use These Four Alternatives When MDM Isn't an Option

Published: 08 January 2018

ID: G00343267

Analyst(s): Chris Silva , Rob Smith


Mobile device management tools scale and automate the configuration and operation of mobile devices; however, they depend on device-level controls that can be challenging to deploy. When traditional MDM isn't an option, infrastructure and operations leaders can still manage their mobile devices.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Use Tools That Focus Protections at the App Level to Protect Data on Devices Unmanaged by MDM
  • Provide a Secure Productivity Suite Without Requiring Full Device Management
  • Enhance Custom Applications' Security and Management Through Apps Built With Management SDKs
    • Distribution Through a Corporate App Store
    • Distribution Through a Commercial App Store
    • Distribution Through a Web Server With a Link to Download Apps
  • Enforce Security Elements With Basic Security Policies Using PIM Clients, Wrapped Apps, Apple Profile Files and EAS
    • Security Policies
    • Malware Detection
    • Mobile Identity
  • Vendors of Non-MDM Mobile Management Tools

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