With working from home becoming critical for continuous operation for many organizations, IT departments need a tool to manage users and their laptops wherever they are. Often, mobile device management (MDM) solutions fill this need, but with many IT budgets getting slashed as detailed below, administrators could really use a free MDM tool.
What Does an MDM Do?
Admins employ MDMs to manage mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and computers. Often, the tools are used to setup, configure, and manage these systems, usually providing application management, remote configuration, and command execution on them as well. This includes:
- Device enrollment (e.g. Apple DEP), which is critical for zero-touch deployment
- Package installations
- Patch management
- Group policy-like configuration management
- Security command execution (i.e. lock, shut down, restart, wipe)
Although some MDMs are implemented through on-premises infrastructure, some are also offered as-a-Service from the cloud. Most, however, don’t have native user management controls which would complete the cycle of full management of a device. As such, they need to be paired with a core directory service for access by individual corporate identities.
Most MDMs are priced per system for every system managed. This model often ends up being more expensive than other system management tools that price based on users, as many users require multiple devices (laptop, tablet, smartphone).
Also, MDMs come with variable tiers of capability. Although many organizations make do with basic functionality, others can pay for additional features at premium prices. With an unsteady future on the horizon, however, admins need to reevaluate how they’re spending money, even with needs as critical as system management.
Dealing with Changing IT Budgets
As global markets fluctuate, organizations shift their budgets accordingly, and many of those budgets are shifting downwards. In fact, Gartner predicts IT spending will be cut $300B by the end of 2020.
Although budget cuts are potentially detrimental to many departments, IT has a unique potential to make the most of their budgets, no matter how small. By eliminating or consolidating solutions and automating processes, many admins find they can optimize their operations while staying lean budget-wise.
Of course, the other option IT admins have is to use free tools to accomplish their needs.
Free MDM from the Cloud
The easiest way to save money is to not spend any at all. Many MDMs offer a trial version that gives free access to their product for a period of time. These generally offer only a part of the entire product, or even gate access to only a few weeks of use time, so they may not be the best choice for organizations looking to manage their devices while on a tight budget.
For organizations looking to consolidate their identity and access management needs, including free MDM, there is an option available from the cloud: Directory-as-a-Service®. Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS) is the first cloud directory service, featuring macOS MDM as a native functionality of its general system management capabilities.
You can use DaaS’s MDM and other system management capabilities, free for up to ten users and 10 systems. These complimentary users/systems are yours to use forever, so sign up for DaaS to get started today. We also offer free, premium 24×7 chat support for your first 10 days as well.