Mobile Device Management with Microsoft Intune. Worth it?

Hi everyone!

I've just recently inherited a client that has extremely poor mobile device management.  By extremely poor I mean an Excel spreadsheet with which laptop is assigned to which user kind of thing.  There are about 30 traveling users that are, as of right now, looking for an SBS 2008 server for it's updates via local WSUS.  Obviously, this doesn't work.  Without getting into a solution for that, I'd like to discuss mobile management with something like Intune.  Is it worth the $6/user/month to manage mobile devices like laptops and cell phones in an 2008 (soon to be 2012 R2) AD environment with hosted exchange?  Are there any other comparable products?  Any review I've found has been written by Microsoft.

I appreciate the assistance!

Colin M.
Colin McMorrowAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Whether it is "worth it" is completely subjective and depends entirely on your organization's needs and balance of control and security cost and overhead.

I personally think MDM is worth it in most circumstances. Intune ks a great choice. But there are many others. Airwatch, MobileIron, Good Technologies, etc.

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Colin McMorrowAuthor Commented:
Good point about the "worth it" part.  I'm looking for a MDM solution for small business with a limited budget.  6/user/month is very tempting.  

I'll look into some of those other options as well.  

Thanks Cliff!
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