Looking for something to do? Get started on enterprise mobility management with these tools!

If you have a little bit of extra time at work at this time of year, you might be digging into enterprise mobility management. After all, even though there are questions about why some people do VDI, we can be confidant that we all have to deal with mobile devices in some way or another.

If you have a little bit of extra time at work at this time of year, you might be digging into enterprise mobility management. After all, even though there are questions about why some people do VDI, we can be confidant that we all have to deal with mobile devices in some way or another.

With that in mind, here's a big collection of my favorite resources, articles, and tools for exploring EMM.


If you're brand new to EMM, here are some baseline articles to get you started:

How to explain the current state of the EMM industry to non-EMM people. This article is sort-of EMM 101, but it also lays out how we think about a couple of important concepts, such as the different types of mobile app management.

Not sure what an “EMM Strategy” is? Thats okay! If you answer these 10 questions you’ll be in pretty good shape. What will you actually do with EMM? This article outlines some places to start.

And finally, we should also include articles about app transformation and app development in the conversation.

Apple and iOS resources

Apple actually puts out a decent amount of enterprise-oriented white papers and guides. (There's a "Resources for IT" section at the bottom of this page, plus more links here, and more support pages here.)

Be sure to check out the iOS security overview white paper and the iOS 8 Deployment Reference. The iOS Enterprise Deployment Overview, Volume Purchase Program Guide, and Device Enrollment Program Guide are useful, too. Also it's good to be aware of the Configuration Profile Key Reference and the Over-the-air Profile Delivery and Configuration overview.

There are some useful videos from the 2014 WWDC. Definitely check out "Managing Apple Devices," which covers all the EMM features that came out with iOS 8. The "Building Apps for Enterprise and Education," "Distributing Enterprise Apps," and "User Privacy" videos are worth watching too.

There are several management tools you can experiment with. You can set up a live MDM server with the OS X Server Profile Manager role; these days it's a $20 download from the Mac App Store. I also like the iPhone Configuration Utility (for Windows or Mac). It hasn't been updated in years, but you can still use it to install configuration profiles, and it has a few options you can't find in other tools. Finally, there's the Apple Configurator. (Mac-only, free in the Mac App Store.) These days some of the Apple Configurator functions have been superseded by the Device Enrollment Program, but it's still a good tool to have. You can install profiles, format devices, lock devices down into Supervised Mode, create and deploy device images, and check images in and out.

Google and Android resources

The big news for Android this year was the announcement of Android Work. There's not too much documentation out since it hasn't been released yet, but in the mean time, you can read our coverage here, here, and here; watch a video about it from Google I/O; read a few official blog posts here, here, and here; and check out Android.com/it/preview. That should catch you up on pretty much all we know about it publicly. Google is offering trials through EMM vendor partners, though, so there's definitely a lot going on behind the scenes.

For more general information about Android and MDM, check out the Device Administration guide and reference as well as the security overview.

Unfortunately there's no Android equivalent to the Apple Configurator or anything like that, so you'll just have to spin up a free trial from an EMM vendor. There are also a lot of on-device anti-malware and security apps out there that you can check out. One in interesting one in particular is the Trustable app from Bluebox. Finally, how about taking some time to check out Cyanogenmod?

Samsung Knox

A year ago, Samsung Knox information was pretty hard to find, but now there's samsungknox.com, which is full of white papers and guides. (Here are the main Knox overview white papers.)

Remember that Knox is a couple of of different products now: besides the Safe MDM APIs, there's the Knox OS-enabled MAM features, which are aimed at both consumers and the enterprise, as well as the Knox EMM service, which can also manage iOS and regular Android devices.

Windows Phone

Windows Phone 8.1 brought a lot of major EMM improvements. Check out the TechEd 2014 session, the MDM overview, and the device management protocol.


If you've been supporting older BlackBerry devices with BES 5 for years, then obviously that's old hat. But with now with the most recent BB10 devices—the Passport and the Classic—companies that use BlackBerrys might be considering a move.

There are three ways to manage BB10 devices: using BES 10, using BES 12, or using third-party EMM vendors.

Anything else?

Lastly, just about all EMM vendors are offering free cloud-based trials these days; though most of them require some sort of human intervention to get set up, which could be delayed over the holidays.

If there are any helpful resources or tools I missed, please chime in in the comments. Happy mobilizing!

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Update: Simon May from Microsoft (@simonster) tweeted that you can get an Intune trial running without human intervention. Cool!



Great list! I think the fact that we do have so many devices that can become our virtual desktops is the reason we're going to see more adoption of DaaS and VDI in 2015.

Karen J. Bannan, commenting on behalf of IDG and VMware.