Cortado courts Active Directory MDM with Corporate Server update

Mobile device management (MDM) is at an intriguing place. With bring your own device (BYOD) increasingly morphing into bring your own app (BYOA) for many companies, so MDM will in theory move towards mobile app management (MAM).

Yet Germany-based enterprise mobility provider Cortado may have put an interesting twist on this theory with the latest 6.5 iteration of its Corporate Server.

The solution’s USP is that it is the first MDM product based on Active Directory (AD), the Windows-based directory service, offering app blacklisting, compliance enforcement and distribution of virtual Windows apps.

A clue as to why Cortado is pushing this can be seen in the company’s recent newsletter survey results, which showed that, for 56% of respondents, Microsoft Windows would be their platform of choice for MDM software.

The key aspect of the 6.5 version, however, relates to group management based on AD, which certainly seems to make sense, with a continuous synchronisation with user rights. In other words, there’s less messing around with administrating different groups if new employees are added to the database, for instance.   

The solution, as to be expected, combines both MDM and MAM for “seamless, dynamic management for users and their devices.” This seems to be the way to go for many vendors, although strategy can differ slightly; AirWatch offers MDM and MAM as standalone products, whilst Symantec offers a combined MDM/MAM solution. Of course, the distribution of Windows apps and blacklisting is a move to bolster the MAM element of the solution.

Carsten Mickeleit, Cortado CEO, said in a statement: “Cortado Corporate Server delivers a complete solution for mobile device management, mobile application management, as well as mobile enterprise access and collaboration, eliminating companies’ need to build their own solution from a range of individual products.

“Our new version further simplifies administration, improves team collaboration and increases security.”

Back in May, Gartner released its latest MDM Magic Quadrant, with AirWatch, MobileIron and Good Technology celebrating a third successive year in the Leaders zone, whilst interesting names in the Niche Players section included McAfee and BlackBerry.

But how do you think this latest update from Cortado ranks?

 

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