MDM tools: Features and functions compared

Today's crop of software does much more than manage mobile hardware.

Mobile device management tools are transforming into veritable "Swiss army knives." But while all cover the basics when it comes to hardware management, there are differences when it comes to some of the extended features you may require.

This checklist is a good first step for assessing which products you might want to focus in on. But experts caution that there can be big differences in how features are deployed and work in the real world, so be sure to do extensive testing prior to deployment.

This chart accompanies our story, "How to choose the right enterprise mobility management tool," which provides tips from experts about how to select from among the dozens of MDM-related offerings.

To see the various features and functions available, just click on the gray line with the +/- sign. To minimize that section of the chart, click on it again. You can have as many sections open as you wish.

Editor's note: This chart was originally posted in May 2013 and was most recently updated on January 22, 2014, after VMware announced it will acquire AirWatch.

Sources: MDM vendors. Fiberlink was acquired by IBM in December 2013, and VMware announced its intention to acquire AirWatch in January 2014. This chart was last updated on January 22, 2014.
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