Flexibility, Heterogeneity and End-User Choice: Key Reasons Why MobileIron over Microsoft

Last week, MobileIron’s CMO Rhonda Shantz shared the nine reasons why Microsoft customers choose MobileIron to solve unified endpoint management (UEM) use cases. Over the coming weeks, I will discuss these reasons in more detail.


1. Flexibility for Cloud, On-Premises and Hybrid Environment

First of all, MobileIron gives you and your partners the ability to secure on-premises apps, cloud apps, data, devices and identity – all in one solution.

Unified security platform

Modern enterprises continue to adopt a variety of software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps across every function, including HR, marketing, engineering, sales and more. As organizations shift from on-premises to SaaS and hybrid environments, a unified zero-trust security platform that supports diverse needs is mandatory. Most enterprises have a hybrid environment today, which requires secure and seamless end-user access to all apps – legacy and modern.

Don’t rely on restrictive technologies – for example, Microsoft Azure AD conditional access – to support modern authentication for all apps. If an application does not support modern authentication, your only available option is location and requiring multi-factor authentication (MFA). Now, your organization will be at high risk of a security breach by allowing non-verified users continued use of critical apps and data from a non-compliant device.

Operational efficiency and superior administrator experience

MobileIron solutions make it easy for administrators to configure apps that are relevant to their employees and distribute them throughout the entire organization. For example, delegating administration control is a critical capability that provides operational efficiencies when you have offices worldwide, allowing more granular access and control to address the issues and devices relevant to the local environment.

Confidently Embrace Cloud Services

MobileIron gives customers and partners the ability to choose the deployment model they want, such as on-premises, in a data center provided by a partner, or via the cloud. For enterprises migrating their workloads and infrastructure to the cloud, MobileIron allows customers to move devices without any service interruption. This ensures full conformance with industry compliance mandates that you are responsible for.


2. The Modern Enterprise Stack is Heterogeneous: It’s not a Microsoft only world

At first blush, Microsoft’s integration may appear to be tighter; even if true, it is only with their own solutions. For today’s widely deployed best-of-breed SaaS and on-premises apps and services, the end-user experience with Microsoft Intune is underwhelming. Companies often want to keep their best-of-breed solutions – including email, office collaboration (Slack), identity (Ping, Okta), security, mobility and device infrastructure – because they have already worked through the implementation cycle.




Microsoft’s approach, however, effectively locks out best-of-breed tools. On the flip side, organizations that rely on Microsoft for everything may be forced into the perpetual upgrades in Microsoft’s technology roadmap. Are you ready for Microsoft to lock your company’s operational and security direction now and in the future?

If you lock yourself into Microsoft for everything from OS and CRM to collaboration, sharing, anti-malware and identity for your mobility and device infrastructure, you will not have many options with each renewal. You will soon realize that a Microsoft-only world also becomes very small and your ability to service your stakeholders rapidly shrinks.


3. End-user experience and choice matter

When user choice and end user experience matters, customers chose MobileIron for simpler onboarding, best on device experience, and best admin UI.

MobileIron makes it possible for IT to enable employees to use any device with any app from any vendor, unlike Microsoft Intune, which limits IT and user choice. For example, Microsoft currently doesn’t support Android devices with a managed personal profile, frontline workers, or Samsung and Zebra devices with firmware over-the-air capabilities that are adopted by line of business (LOB) leaders from transportation, utility, communications, manufacturing, oil and gas industries.



Courtesy: Honeywell



Courtesy: Zebra


Choice of using and supporting Apple devices with macOS/iOS/tvOS requires full native support and control. MobileIron is the best solution for organizations that need to manage devices beyond Windows and iOS by supporting all possible end-user device use cases.



Courtesy: Oculus for Business


If providing employees device and app choice matters to your organization as much as the seamless experience to access them, you need to look at your options differently. That’s where MobileIron excels and provides the best approach. From simple and scalable onboarding to the best on-device experience, our solutions offer flexibility for productivity that affects the bottom line.


Address the needs of your Modern Digital Workplace

Allowing users to work from any device, using any app, from any location, over any network is key to the success of the Modern Digital Workplace. Security that empowers IT and security leaders to secure business data across any device and app that employees choose – without affecting the user experience – is now a must. If security gets in the way of productivity, your users will find a way around it, and it won’t be a secure one.




This diagram above shows the continuum of two critical forces at play in a modern enterprise: productivity and security. The more advanced controls you have, the stronger your security as you head toward Zero Trust. The more flexibility you have with apps and services that improve productivity, the closer you are to becoming a Modern Digital Workplace.


Get Started Now

To learn more about the challenges of switching to a Microsoft-only bundle, read our e-book here. To find out more about how MobileIron can provide a comprehensive UEM solution that fits your needs, contact a MobileIron sales representative here.


Girish Bhat

Girish Bhat

Vice President, Product Marketing

About the author

Girish leads the Product Marketing and Technical Marketing Engineering teams at MobileIron and is responsible for sales enablement, GTM planning and execution, pricing and packaging and customer engagement.

Previously, Girish held various roles managing SIEM, UEBA, authentication, compliance, VPN, DLP, IDS/IPS, mobile, SaaS, IaaS, virtualization, networking and network monitoring solutions at startups and global brands.