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A great deal of questions are currently being asked around best practices surrounding Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies. One of the items to take into consideration is which mobile devices management offering would best enable people centric IT. With Windows Phone steadily growing in market share and Windows Server 2012 R2 now including functionality to connect devices through its Work Folders offering, more questions are starting to materialize around what Microsoft's strategy would be to further enable BYOD. To date, Microsoft currently offers 3 specific offerings around BYOD enablement. These offerings are: What is more compelling surrounding Microsoft's MDM solution offering is that while each offering can work as a stand alone offering, they actually also work better together. So how do you explain this multi-product approach to MDM? Microsoft's layer approach addresses different levels of device management functionality which is all brought together under one console via System Center. Microsoft's layers are as follows: Exchange ActiveSync
System Center Configuration Manager
Microsoft calls this approach Unified Device Management (UDM) since it goes beyond simply managing mobile devices. Using the MS approach all devices including servers, desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones can be managed with the same tool set. Some might consider this too confusing and prefer a point solution with less moving parts, however, consider the following: