Of the 20 MDM vendors that Gartner studied, it ranked these five as leaders: MobileIron, AirWatch, Fiberlink, Zenprise and Good Technologies. SAP and Symantec were listed as "challengers," while BoxTone and IBM were described as "visionaries."
The other 11 MDM vendors were called "niche players" and included: McAfee, Sophos, Soti, Trend Micro, Tangoe, OpenPeak, Silverback MDM, Amtel, Landesk, Smith Micro Software and MyMobile Security.
In all, there are probably more than 100 vendors globally that offer some form of MDM, Gartner said. To qualify for the group of 20, the MDM vendors had to have a well-rounded set of mobile management tools. For security management, each of the 20 had to have, at least, IT tools for these services: Enforce a password; wipe a device of data; remotely lock a device; create an audit trail for logging in of a device, including verifying device configuration from a central console; ability to detect jailbreaks and rooting; and support for at least three mobile OS platforms. Security components also include support for antivirus software, encryption, firewalls and mobile VPNs.
Other requirements included tools to block use of flash cards or other external storage, and tools to audit changes made on the hardware. For software, the 20 MDM vendors had to support the ability to push or pull apps on a device and to verify the origin of the mobile app. The software also had to support app updates, patches and an enterprise and third-party app store.
All 20 MDM vendors in the Gartner group had to have at least $1.5 million in MDM-specific revenue. The average price for MDM software is about $60 per user per year, Gartner said, a price that should drop to $40 per user per year by 2015 as more cloud-based MDM systems emerge.
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