AirWatch (Workspace ONE) vs Sky Work Product Comparison

Sky Work deliver device management at wholly different scales and IT environments. See how they stack up below.

Overview

Workspace ONE (formerly AirWatch) is a fully unified endpoint management solution that follows the belief of empowering employees with any app on any device from day one to create highly engaging, productive ecosystems. With the integration of existing VMware solutions, they have built a platform with deep understanding of the digital workspace. Workspace ONE offers multiple editions of their product to suit the needs of large enterprises that require specific features.

Workspace ONE combines features that assist in the automation of everyday IT tasks. From automating reports and analytics, to virtualized desktops, the software implements many specialized solutions that can only be achieved within their environment.

Cost and Implementation

The cost of implementing Workspace ONE into your business is an important variable to consider. Workspace ONE’s most basic tier is priced at $3.78 per device or $6.52 per user. But the licensing costs are just a part of implementing Workspace ONE.

What often deters people from using Workspace ONE is the complexity of the software. Although they provide features to optimize and automate existing systems and reporting, these features require extensive technical knowledge to implement. If you don’t have dedicated IT resources available to learn, configure, and manage the extensive feature list in Workspace ONE, implementation maybe both costly and time consuming.

If your business needs a solution to manage hundreds, or thousands, of devices and users, and requires detailed IT reporting solutions, then Workspace ONE may be the solution for you.

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AirWatch Key Features:

  • Secure Apps and Data (Web, Content Management, Email, File sharing)
  • A mobile device manager that secures all endpoint devices including peripherals and desktops
  • Telecom management (Track data, call and message consumption)
  • Automated analytics, reports and compliance notifications of device information
  • Silent deployment of productivity apps to devices
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Overview

Sky Work eliminates the biggest obstacle companies face implementing secure device management for their mobile teams—the overwhelming complexity of settings and features that require IT resources to implement. Unlike Workspace ONE, Sky Work is designed for teams with limited IT resources. There are no complex technical hosting requirements or steep learning curves to surmount to get the most out of the security and device management features.

Cost and Implementation

Sky Work offers a free self-serve model for up to 15 users. You can get started right away and get all the benefits of Sky Work, including a free 30-day trial of BlackBerry Dynamics (after 30 days, $15/user/month), with just an email address. Sky Work doesn’t require a credit card to for the BlackBerry Dynamics trial. As you grow, you can choose a self-service or managed plan that meets your needs. Self-serve solutions start at $1/user/month and managed solutions at $3/user/month.

Sky Work is a SaaS MDM, so there are no additional IT hardware infrastructure requirements needed for implementation. Implementing Sky Work with a team of 10-20 people can be done in a day or two. Sky Work does not require significant training to implement and step-by-step documentation is available as well as live chat support.

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Features

Sky Work has a single, intuitive dashboard for an at-a-glance summary of your security settings, devices, users, and device statuses. Adding employees, device, or device groups (a combination of security policies and applications) takes only a few clicks no matter where you are in Sky Work. Sky Work offers online training guides and 24/7 support.

Eliminating complexity has not come at the cost of security. Sky Work is an enterprise-grade MDM built after a decade of experience securing and managing tens of thousands of devices ourselves. Pre-defined security levels (Normal, Medium, and High) were created by device management experts with the right balance of security and ease of use for the majority of people. If you need specific, tailored security restrictions—like disabling Bluetooth—Sky Work support can create and update new security levels for you.

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Sky Work Key Features:

  • A single device management dashboard to control security policies and settings
  • Secure productivity apps provided by BlackBerry Dynamics
  • Set of curated security policies from the start
  • Device compliance monitoring
  • One-click silent deployment of mandatory apps

Summary

If you need to support thousands of users, require robust reporting, want to automate systems, have IT resources, and already have VMWare-based infrastructure, Workspace ONE might be a good solution for your organization. Workspace ONE offers powerful features that can automate many IT systems, but it requires a significant investment in IT resources and infrastructure to implement.

Sky Work was created to secure mobile teams for businesses who need a solid, understandable solution that is easy to use and administer. Sky Work doesn’t try to solve every problem large organizations might have. Whether you’re just starting your business, or enterprise level, Sky Work is designed to scale to any size.  Sky Work is especially well suited to companies with limited IT resources and infrastructure.

Workspace ONE is priced at $7/user/month where Sky Work is priced from free (for 15 users, self serviced) to $3/user/month for managed solution through a Sky Work partner.

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