Founded in 2013, Hexnode is a unified device management platform aimed at providing solutions to secure mobile devices for any need. Hexnode provides enterprises with control over their BYOD and corporate-owned device data, offering most of the major enrolment options. Hexnode provides all the features that other enterprise-level products offer plus an intuitive user experience, simplicity, and a unified dashboard.
Hexnode offers notable features such as: multiple enrolment types, managing file security, and geofencing for all the devices enrolled in their platform. All devices are supported including Android, iOS, Windows, and MacOS.
Hexnode is priced on the lower end of the scale of similar products. Their most basic tier costs $1 per device which includes their basic MDM and basic kiosk mode. Additional features can bring the cost to $5.80/device.
Hexnode Key Features:
- Kiosk Mode: Lock down company devices and disable other actions
- Geofencing: Locate devices and store location, set dynamic policies based on location with geofencing
- Remote View: View the live screen of a managed device and control the device
- Deployment and management of public, in-house and web apps across devices
- URL blacklisting/whitelisting
Like Hexnode, Sky Work has focused on simplifying enterprise-grade device management for administrators. Built to take the hassle and complexity out of mobile device management and securing mobile teams, the Sky Work approach is to put core functions and features front and center in a concise dashboard.
Sky Work offers comparable features to Hexnode for most enterprises, however it does not currently support kiosk mode. Sky Work allows you to track and monitor where devices are and use that information to recover lost devices or geofence users and devices. Sky Work MDM pricing is based on a per user model, not per device. Sky Work assumes in today’s mobile workforce, mobile teams will have phones, laptops, and often tablets as part of their toolkit. Sky Work offers secure productivity tools from BlackBerry and secure document collaboration as available product offerings.
Cost and Implementation
Sky Work offers a free self-serve model for up to 15 users. You can start right away for free with only an email address. The 30-day trial of BlackBerry Dynamics (after 30 days, $15/user/month) doesn’t require a credit card to begin the 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.
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.
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
Hexnode and Sky Work approach MDM and securing mobile teams from a similar place. Both products tout simplified dashboards and systems to reduce the administrative and IT overhead common in many device management and unified endpoint management systems. Hexnode offers features like kiosk mode that are well suited to retail or food service applications. Hexnode charges by device, which makes sense thinking in terms of kiosk applications.
Sky Work puts the focus on users and ensuring all the devices for all users are covered at an affordable price. Sky Work assumes users will have more than one device. Sky Work charges per user without device caps making it easy for companies to secure all devices in the organization without having to pick and choose which devices need security and which don’t.