For those Google G-Suite (AKA Google Apps and Google Apps for Work) users, Google has released a new option for managing iPhones and iPads.
What is great about it is that it does NOT require installing an agent on the phone or pad.
Google calls it the Basic Mobile Management option for iOS and it allows G-Suite administrators to manage iOS devices without having to install an agent or a profile.
It allows administrators to enforce screen locks or passwords on the devices including the minimum or maximum number of characters in a password and the expiration period.
It can also force a factory reset after too many failed login attempts.
Administrators can wipe the entire device if it is lost or stolen or just G-Suite data if the user is leaving the company.
The software allows an administrator to see all of the devices connected to their domain which is certainly a nice feature.
Administrators will be able to set up corporate accounts on the devices similarly to setting up personal accounts.
Google does offer a more robust product, advanced mobile management, for users that want even more features, but for a lot of companies. Basic will be sufficient.
Curiously, this only works on non-Google (Apple) devices. Users have to install an agent on Android devices to do the same thing.
Google Mobile Management is available at no extra charge for G-Suite users.