The phrase ‘enterprise mobility’ is becoming a comfortable fit for many CIOs, IT and business executives. But as is often the way with technology, it’s quickly becoming too comfortable. What we see as enterprise mobility moves forward into 2015 is increasingly less and less related to the term ‘mobile’.
Meet Avaamo. This US and India-based company, headed up by former TIBCO executives Ram Menon and Sriram Chakravarthy, has a secure messaging app for iOS and Android aimed squarely at the mobile workforce – and it’s pulled in $6.3m in seed funding to help its cause.
Last week, Samsung announced Samsung 360 Services, a one stop shop for enterprise mobile support. What was surprising about this was that it was, on the surface, an inclusive play. Samsung said it wasn’t just for their own devices, or ones with an Android operating system; they want to support every device in the business, regardless of what it is or what platform it runs on.
Nobody likes passwords. Even worse is when you forget one. Survey data from Centrify Corporation has found that employees waste, on average, £261 a year in company time on trying to manage multiple passwords.
The latest figures from Source for Consulting, in partnership with Advanced Business Solutions, show that almost two in three (62%) of employees in UK mid-market businesses want to see greater investment in mobile technology to boost their productivity. The report, which took responses from 160 mid-market UK organisations in July 2014, found that employee demand for smartphone and tablet access to back office systems isn’t fully being met.
It’s easy enough to assess how large enterprises are taking steps to roll out bring your own device policies, or how smaller businesses are coping. But what about the mid-market firms? According to Good Technology’s latest survey, the majority of industries in the mid-market range have more than 50% BYOD penetration.
IT solutions provider LANDESK has announced app wrapping to its enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform feature set. “We strive to provide users with the most intuitive and easy to understand products available,” said Stephen Brown, LANDESK director of product management.
Collaborative document app provider Quip has announced Quip Spreadsheets as a complement to its current app offering. The spreadsheet functionality slots into the current application as opposed to having to log out of separate apps.
Last week, news came through that Pulse Secure, an offshoot of Juniper Networks, had acquired enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileSpaces. The deal, which sources claim to be worth approximately $100m, will see the integrated product given the name of Pulse Workspace. But what does it mean to both firms?
The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and the CESG (National Technical Authority for Information Assurance) has updated the UK government’s official BYOD guidelines. Published on October 6, the rules cover legal and security issues, along with how to create an effective BYOD policy.
Earlier this week, Ovum released its ranking of the enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendors, joining Gartner, Forrester, and The Radicati Group in making its verdicts. There’s plenty of correlation between each report, but there are also a couple of subtle differences. Which one should you go for?