Lower TCO, Flexible Deployment Options and Market Leadership are Key Reasons to Select MobileIron over Microsoft

In today’s digital workplace, CIOs and IT leaders are continually looking at innovative ways to transform their business and achieve operating efficiencies at scale while improving user and customer experience. Many customers choose MobileIron for business transformation and consolidation of mobile and desktop management, using our Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution.

This blog discusses lower TCO, cloud and on-premises deployment options and proven market leadership as three additional reasons why you should choose MobileIron


1. High Costs of Microsoft Intune: Switching and Maintenance


First of all, you need to unbundle the complex Microsoft bundle. Are you signing on for use cases that absolutely add no value to your business in the foreseeable future?

You need to investigate the complexity of Microsoft licensing and bundling to see if it aligns with your company’s needs. Many customers have found that they are paying for functionality they neither want nor need. The complexity of an Intune integration is significant since there’s no easy tool to migrate—meaning everything you’ve set up will have to be done all over again with Intune and you get locked-in to a Microsoft stack.

We’ve analyzed the tasks and time involved to complete a migration from MobileIron to Intune and the price tag comes to about $100-$150 per person, per device!


The Cost Factors in an Intune Migration


The Cost of Switching

A Fortune 500 company with more than 17,000 devices saved almost $2 million when staying with MobileIron, while a large services provider with almost 90,000 devices saved close to $9 million.

Moving to Intune is a costly and is a heavy lift. The table below breaks down the impact to IT and end users.

IT needs to re-architecture

Disruptive with poor user experience

  • Build new policies
  • Manually add all settings
  • Redo Security: Review IT, tunneling, VPN and much more
  • Global education and end-user re-training
  • Helpdesk support costs
  • Complete device retirement and re-registration
  • Manual process with high failure rate
  • Devices using native capabilities (example: Apple Business Manager) must be reset to factory setting
  • Productivity impacting re-training


2. Cloud and On-Premises Deployment Option


Gartner has forecasted that cloud revenue will hit $370 billion by 2023. Cloud services has become a core element today’s IT. However, it is still a small percentage of IT spend based on Gartner’s forecast for worldwide IT spending of $3.79 trillion in 2019.

Most Fortune 2000 companies were not born in the cloud and will need to have the flexibility to continue to deploy UEM on-premises and/or in the cloud. Many organizations aren’t allowed or choose not to send their business-critical and proprietary apps to the cloud. Microsoft doesn’t give them that option today.




Not only does MobileIron give you the flexibility to deploy in the cloud or on-premises, with MobileIron you have the option to adhere to strict corporate security policies by storing all data on site. It can also run on virtual environments, which allows for seamless deployments on several different setups.


3. Nine years of Proven Innovation and Market Leadership


MobileIron, named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrants for 9 consecutive years has enjoyed a strong standing among customers and industry analysts for years.

Most recently in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant Critical Capabilities, MobileIron ranks higher than Microsoft in three out of four Gartner use cases and five out of eight critical capabilities.

MobileIron was the only UEM vendor in the Forrester Research study in addition to being named a strong performer in the most recent “2019 Forrester Zero Trust  eXtended Ecosystem Platform Providers” Wave.


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As you start executing your 2020 initiatives, I encourage you to make informed decisions that include TCO, deployment options and innovations from a proven market leader.

No one vendor or solution can completely and securely address all the complex needs of today’s modern digital workplace. You need to choose the right tools and best-of-breed solutions to properly secure the way your employees want and need to work.

To learn more and avoid getting trapped by the limitations of Microsoft Intune, 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.