re: Samsung Bets Big On Knox BYOD Technology
You're exactly right -- and I would also say that many organizations would love to eliminate the expense of an MDM solution as well, so while the use of ActiveSync and Active Directory as mechanisms to manage and control Knox/SAFE devices is promising, once again you're limited to Samsung-certified devices (ie, their own, and really just their flagship products at this point). I think that it's fairly inevitable that organizations will have to have an MDM solution if they're going the BYOD route (most people I talk to have stopped resisting). The beauty of the Samsung approach is that it is all enabled through the major MDM players (Mobile Iron, SOTI, Airwatch, etc -- I know the ones I leave out of this list are going to send me e-mails, but I don't have the list in front of me). Those MDM players will offer some semblance of a.) support for other devices, including other platforms b.) use of the Knox/SAFE APIs (I'm not sure whether any are using even half of the 700 or so Samsung touts). So for shops that want to allow all platforms (whatever their employees want to bring), most of those will be supported by MDM, and then IT can say "we encourage using Samsung devices that are Knox certified." And it's not like they're asking employees to cripple themselves because Samsung has some of the best smartphone technology anywhere -- it's likely we'll see something pretty exciting on March 14 with the Galaxy SIV.