MSPmentor 100 Profile: Pensar's Next Apple, MDM Moves

MSPmentor 100 Profile: Pensar's Next Apple, MDM Moves

A few days ago we noted that Pensar, an MSPmentor 100 company in Europe, has built a successful managed services practice that includes a major focus on Apple (AAPL) customers. The next natural move, we speculated, involves Pensar focusing on more mobile device management (MDM) and mobile applications management (MAM) opportunities. Pensar's response?

Absolutely yes. Mark Williams, managing director of Pensar, points to several potential paths forward. In an email to MSPmentor, Williams indicated that Apple Push Notification is an obvious place to start, and a useful new tool is Apple Configurator (MSPmentor agrees).

For cross-platform MDM, especially in mid-market and enterprise environments, Pensar sounds like it highly respects AirWatch. But the company is also looking at MaaS 360 and Good solutions.

Another piece of advice from Pensar to the MSP crowd: Don't overlook the BlackBerry installed base as you develop your MDM strategies. Pensar has, for many years, used BES to look after the company's BlackBerry clients.

Williams and I did not discuss MDM or MAM pricing strategies during our email exchange. That's a prime conversation for another day.

Note: We regularly profile MSPmentor 100 companies -- the world's top managed services providers -- to gain business updates, insights and tips for peer MSPs. Got an update to share? Email Contributing Managing Editor Jessica Davis (jessica [at] NineLivesMediaInc [dot] com) and she'll route your note to the most appropriate MSPmentor blogger.

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