10 Enterprise Mobility Management Solutions: Beyond MDM: Page 2

The leading enterprise mobility management products, with background about compatibility, differentiators and security for each.
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SAP might seem an unlikely entrant into the EMM field, but it has always focused on enterprise software and providing business software solutions, so EMM is a natural progression for it. In its effort to bring its other enterprise software to mobile devices, SAP transitioned into EMM to help businesses maintain App and data security for those environments as well.

Compatibility and Management

SAP Afaria is an EMM that encompasses security for devices, applications, and content on iOS, Android, Windows phone, Blackberry, and Windows desktop and server operating systems. Afaria features a self-service portal, easy enrollment, and AD/LDAP integration for user authentication.

Key Differentiators

Afaria can provision SAP and third-party apps and provides users with a selectable list of apps to install from a list within the Afaria app. Once the app is installed onto the device, it exists outside of Afaria, but is managed by it and therefore is also secured by it. Afaria can update, remove, and install new features to supported apps.


The only way to get corporate apps or access to corporate assets is through the Afaria app. You also have to onboard yourself using a directory authenticated username and password and an enrollment code. Once authenticated, you can install any listed app within the Afaria app on your mobile device. Personal data is logically separated from encrypted corporate data.


Sophos is a security company that began life producing anti-virus and encryption products for business. Today it provides products that secure every end point of a network including laptops, virtual desktops, servers, email, web browsing, and mobile devices. And knowing that users are adept at bypassing security, Sophos has made security simple for users and administrators.

Compatibility and Management

Sophos’ Mobile Control can manage and control iOS, Android (including Samsung SAFE), Windows Phone 8, and other device types. Mobile Control configures device policies and deploys them over-the-air, enforces built-in security features such as passcodes and device encryption, provides full device loss and device theft protection, and builds group-based compliance policies. You also get MAM, email management, integrated anti-virus and web protection for Android devices,

Key Differentiators

In the mobile space, Sophos sets itself apart from the pack with its integrated security for Android devices. The Mobile Security app scans all newly installed apps for malware infections, infected devices are quarantined, and users are protected from malicious sites in real time. Sophos provides its Mobile Security app free to all Android users with no ads.


Sophos’ Mobile Encryption product supports Android and iOS devices only, however it provides passphrase-protected cloud security for easy access to all of your encrypted files. And it’s integrated with the tools you use, such as Dropbox, iTunes, and SD cards.


SOTI Inc., established in 1995, has become a major force in EMM, IT Helpdesk, and Mobile Security. SOTI was named a Visionary in Gartner’s EMM Magic Quadrant report. SOTI’s MobiControl product is an award-winning mobility management solution that provides the capability to securely manage mobile devices and connected peripherals, applications, content, and email.

Compatibility and Management

SOTI’s MobiControl supports iOS, Android, Windows Phone, older Windows mobile versions, Windows PCs, and Mac OS X. It also integrates with AD/LDAP, Office 365, and Microsoft Exchange Server.

Key Differentiators

SOTI’s primary differentiator is that it addresses Android fragmentation head on with MobiControl’s Android+ Technology, which is integrated with more than 36 Android OEM partners that extends enterprise-grade secure mobile management to a wide range of Android devices. It also distinguishes itself with its fine-grained street-level and polygon geofencing and enabling distracted driver controls when the vehicle’s speed exceeds a preset limit.


MobiControl includes anti-virus and anti-malware software by default. It also blocks so-called “sideloading” of apps on Android devices, which protects users and devices from apps that weren’t specifically requested from the Google Play Store.


Symantec’s name is synonymous with security from anti-virus to its endpoint encryption to its secure backup solutions. Symantec is one of the first software companies to provide security solutions to personal computer owners near the beginning of the PC revolution of the 1980s. Now Symantec produces a variety of software to protect individuals, small businesses, and large enterprises.

Compatibility and Management

Symantec Mobility: Suite supports Android, iOS, and Windows phone, can manage corporate-owned or personal devices and integrates MDM, MAM, MCM, and mobile threat protection into a single console solution.

Key Differentiators

Symantec’s differentiator is more than 30 years of experience in providing security solutions to computing environments. On the surface, Symantec’s Mobility offering looks like all the others with the same feature sets and capabilities, but underneath is enterprise-level security that you can trust for platforms and user practices that are less than secure.


As stated, Symantec is all about security. In fact, Symantec realizes that security measures and productivity can often be at odds, so security and usability are both part of its mantra. As an example, “Rather than rely on multiple point products, Symantec Mobility: Suite offers a unified solution of control that enforces consistent security standards, regardless of device type, without impeding the end-user’s productivity or personal privacy.”


Tangoe is a leading global provider of Connection Lifecycle Management software and services to a wide range of global enterprises and service providers. Its flagship product, Matrix, is an on-demand software suite that manages enterprise communications lifecycles. For EMM, Tangoe’s offering is MatrixMobile that covers MDM, mobile support, mobile device logistics, mobile telecom expense management, and more.

Compatibility and Management

Tangoe’s MDM supports iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone. MatrixMobile MDM is a comprehensive monitoring, management, and support suite for mobile devices in the enterprise from onboarding to decommissioning. Some of MatrixMobile’s notable features are single console management, secure access of enterprise content, policy-based roles, over-the-air software and app distribution, and separated corporate and personal data.

Key Differentiators

Tangoe’s differentiator in this crowded market is its additional service offerings such as mobile device logistics, telecom expense management, real-time expense management, and mobile advisory services.


MatrixMobile uses containers to prevent data leakage, to encrypt corporate data, to protect against malware, to prevent unauthorized access, to focus users on using a single portal, to allow, block, and quarantine apps as required, to wipe data remotely, to enforce VPN and WiFi rules, and to protect devices from unauthorized use.

Employees and companies are now in a technology partnership—sharing the expense of end user technology, while also sharing the burden of security and responsibility for maintaining a certain amount of restraint in mixing business and personal data on the same device. Enterprise mobility management has evolved from the heavy-handed, complete device takeover of a few years ago into a kinder, gentler, user-friendly version that includes device management, security rules enforcement, app management, content management, and a clearer focus on security that benefits both the user and the company.

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