Key differences between MaaS360 and BES12

Key differences between MaaS360 and BES12

Identifying the need for mobile device management (MDM) is only the first step in securing sensitive corporate data on mobile devices. There is a seemingly endless plethora of options to wade through in order to find the right solution for you.

At Arrow Business Communications, we've whittled it down to two; MaaS360 and BES12, both of which we believe are the best options available for corporate customers looking to safeguard their networks and data.

Key differences

Given the recent high-profile push from BlackBerry to establish  BES12 as the superior MDM platform, many companies would perhaps be forgiven for jumping straight in blindly assuming that it is right for them. However, one size does not fit all and MaaS360 has also proven to be a valuable asset in helping to secure an organisation's mobile devices.

MaaS360 is based solely in the cloud, whereas BES10/12 has typically been on premises until recently, meaning it is arguably more suited to companies with the culture of flexibility that comes with incorporating the cloud within your system.

Having said that MaaS360 is currently only compatible with iOS, Android and WP8, while BES12 – in a bid to expand the presence of the BlackBerry brand – is not only compatible with that trio, but also with BlackBerry handsets.

BlackBerry has a global infrastructure that allows it to secure data, both while in transit and when stored on a device, meaning that it is arguably the most secure MDM on the market.  

However, MaaS360 does boast additional features that could edge out BlackBerry as the ideal choice for some companies, including mobile expense management, geofencing as standard and Document Management.

Different situations require different solutions

In situations where security is the top priority, BES is always the best way to go, particularly given its strong pedigree of catering for some high-value clients in sectors such as oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, the automotive industry and law. All of the G7 governments and 16 of the G20 claim to use BlackBerry as the driver for their mobile security.

There are currently 30,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) servers installed globally, with the company boasting a rich history of 14 years in enterprise mobility management (EMM) experience, covering over 175 countries.

BlackBerry is also well-placed for keeping ahead of the curve with new innovations due to it having the largest research and development department of any EMM vendor, having already amassed 44,000 patents.

It also boasts 45 security certificates – more than any other mobile vendor and is the only solution with "Authority to Operate" on U.S. Department of Defence networks.

Given the fact that it also operates on all four of the major operating systems, it is ideal for companies with a mixed fleet of devices.

MaaS360 could still be the way to go

Despite the numerous benefits attached to BlackBerry, MaaS360 does hold a few advantages. For instance, it is a platform that can be set up in a matter of minutes, making it ideal for firms with little or no expertise in IT.

MaaS360 typically has an Opex model whereas BlackBerry has a Capex model and is also more suited to manage data usage centrally.

It all comes down to the system itself. Before implementing an MDM solution, companies should consider precisely what devices need to be managed, what specific features or functionalities they require and what type of deployment i.e. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), COBO (Corporate Owned, Business Only), COPE (Corporate Owned, Personally enabled) they will fall under.

Other considerations include email management and whether their system is going to be on-premise or cloud-based.

Once a proper assessment has been carried out, it makes it much easier to choose the right MDM solution. Arrow’s product experts are on hand to guide you through the process of choosing the best MDM solution.