Good Technology lawsuits show MDM competition is heating up

BYOD demand will prompt two-thirds of enterprises to adopt MDM by 2017

Good Technology's recent patent infringement lawsuits against competitors MobileIron and AirWatch are an indication that competition is heating up in the mobile device management market, observed Phillip Redman, research vice president for mobile and client computing at Gartner.

"The competitive pressure is driving companies to do many things to survive. The MDM market will only increase in competition, and the challenges of surviving become more difficult as there is a bigger separation between those that are doing well and those that are struggling," Redman told FierceMobileIT.

Redman predicts that two-thirds of enterprises will adopt MDM products by 2017. So, the market these firms are fighting over will grow more lucrative in the coming years.

Last week, Good Technology announced that it filed patent infringement lawsuits against MobileIron and Airwatch, claiming that the companies had infringed four of its MDM-related patents.

King Lee, chief executive officer of Good Technology, charged that MobileIron and AirWatch are "blatant infringers of our technology," on which the company has spent "hundreds of millions of dollars."

MobileIron and AirWatch have not commented on the lawsuits.

In its latest MDM magic quadrant, Gartner lists all three companies as leaders in the MDM market. Other firms joining the leaders group are Zenprise and Fiberlink.

The report said that MDM enables enterprises to manage the transition to a more complex, mobile computing and communications environment by supporting security, network services, software and hardware management across multiple operating system platforms.

Gartner expects the market to evolve toward enterprise mobile management systems that combine management of mobile applications, as well as devices.

There will be plenty of economic pie for these MDM vendors to fight over in the coming years. This should expand the offerings and lower the prices for enterprises as they struggle to come to terms with BYOD.

For more:
- see Good Technology release
- check out Gartner's MDM magic quadrant report

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