Is MDM, as Forrester Research calls it, a “heavy-handed approach?”

In this recent Network World article, Forrester Research calls mobile-device management ‘heavy-handed approach’ – Network World, Forrester’s perspective of #MDM is not new.  Craig Matthias of #Fairpoint Group  touched upon something similar in his 9/23/11 Informationweek article, “Is Mobile Device Management Dead?”  My “In the Clouds” article                                                  ( )  also cited a concern with MDM:

With Daas support for BYOD offering more security, a comparison of implementing mobile device management before cloud desktops could be equated to equipping a horse-and-buggy with the newest safety equipment needed due to all the newfangled horseless carriages on the road.

Effectively, MDM has been an IT vendor driven way to try to control end-devices while the popularity of BYOD is due to its giving the end-user more control.  Is there any doubt that MDM as offered today has run its course?


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