Five tips to choose the best mobile devices management option

These tips highlight the pros and cons of popular mobile devices management options that work with Exchange.

One recent trend enterprises have been dealing with is mobile device management. With MDM, administrators are responsible for managing employees' mobile devices as well as handling the deployment, security and integration of these devices into the workplace. Admins also have to work with mobile devices in multiple forms, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Thankfully, they have their pick of tools if they're looking for a mobile device manager to work with Exchange. Exchange Server 2013, Office Web Apps, System Center Mobile Device Manager and Exchange ActiveSync are just a few options. But how can admins choose the best mobile devices manager for their enterprise?

That's where we come in. We compiled the five best tips to help admins looking at Exchange-based MDM options. We focused on expert tips with the pros and cons of Exchange 2013, OWA 2013, System Center MDM and ActiveSync to help you narrow down the right mobile devices management for you.

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Is Exchange 2013 a good MDM platform?

Exchange admins may be wondering how Exchange 2013 stacks up to other mobile devices management options. It may not be the best choice if you're looking for a pure MDM option, but it can still meet some of your expectations.

How Exchange and SCMDM compare for mobile management

Microsoft offers two options for enterprise MDM, System Center Mobile Device Manager and Exchange Server. Each has pros and cons when it comes to mobile device policy basics, compatibility and ActiveSync policies.

What you can (and can't) do with ActiveSync for MDM

IT admins look to ActiveSync for mobile devices management because it allows users to access contacts and email from a device. But it does have downsides, including an inability to access other resources or let users access every resource they need.

Five benefits mobile users can expect from OWA 2013

Microsoft included some new benefits in OWA 2013 specifically for mobile users. Some of these changes include wider browser support on the Web, a new feature called Exchange Administrative Center and application support in Exchange 2013.

Helpful hints for OWA 2013 mobile device use

OWA 2013 was designed to work with touch-based devices and non-Microsoft client devices. Here are some things admins should know about using the touch-friendly mode in OWA.

This was first published in September 2013

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