Category Archives: Management

What’s so special about app wrapping?

Got a chance to catch up with Milja Gillespie today at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas to discuss app wrapping and it’s advantages in the enterprise.

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October 22, 2013 · 4:58 pm

Bitzer Mobile – Enterprise Mobility without Missing a Beat

Greenfield and enterprise do not usually go hand-in-hand. Enterprises have spent years, if not decades, building up systems, processes, and the applications to support those endeavors. The introduction of mobile shouldn’t throw a major wrench into those systems. Unfortunately, for many organizations mobility represents either an add-on to existing enterprise systems or severely feature-reduced tool. Bitzer Mobile’s Enterprise Application Mobility solution provides a way for enterprises to fully leverage mobility and their existing technology infrastructure.

Bitzer’s Enterprise Application Mobility (BEAM) solution is comprised of three main components, a secure container on the device, a gateway server, and an admin console. These three components working in concert provide a unique approach to enterprise mobility.

The secure container is achieved through app wrapping, Wrapping an app consists of adding a layer of code around an existing mobile app after it is compiled, but before it is signed with an enterprises own distribution certificate. Bitzer Mobile takes a unique approach to app wrapping though. Instead of treating each app as an isolated security island, Bitzer adds a ‘policy engine’ around each app. This allows administrators to create and leverage shared security policies and data across apps. Admins can also change policy in real-time without having to recompile or redistribute an app.

Bitzer Mobile’s gateway server, BMAX, provides another distinct advantage over other solutions. First, it offers an integrated solution with Windows authentication infrastructure for secure Single Sign-On (SSO) to corporate applications. Beyond authentication lies the capabilities that the gateway server provides, namely the secure browser, file manager, and document editor. These three apps work in conjunction with the gateway server to provide full enterprise application capabilities in a secure environment.

What does the capabilities of Bitzer Mobile’s solution mean for an enterprise? It means that mobile users can access custom internal web applications directly from their mobile devices. It means that employees have full access to the file system on the corporate network from the sidewalk. It means users can access SharePoint at a client location. It means that users have the ability to fully edit Microsoft Office documents on the train from their iPad. It means that mobility can provide users on-the-go the same capability as users who sit at a desk.

The introduction of mobility shouldn’t force organizations to develop entire new systems or even applications. This is expensive, time-consuming, and disruptive to the core of what a business provides. Technology should support not strain your enterprise efforts. Bitzer Mobile provides enterprises with a way to continue to derive value from existing systems and solutions whilst providing maximum capability to mobile devices without the need for a technology overhaul.

I also got a chance to speak with the Bitzer Mobile team about challenges, opportunities, and the future of the secure container. I asked, Naeem Zafar, CEO of Bitzer what he thinks are the biggest challenges with a container approach?

“The biggest shortcomings are the lack of standards.  Each MDM and mobile security company is touting a “secure” container. Yet none of them offer comparable features, so a company has to do extensive evaluations to understand what they may be buying.  One has to address the data-at-rest, authentication, data-in-transit, and fine-grained control issues.  What about FIPS 140-2 certification?  This confusion is slowing down the adoption en masse.”

I was also curious to hear what he envisions for the future of the secure container? Zafar commented:

“I see the secure container having a bright future and progressing beyond just mobile devices.  I see a day when a new employee gets a yellow sticky note on her first day or work – it will have a URL and a password.  This will allow the new employee to download the Secure Container onto their mobile device, laptop or desktop.  The companies want to get out of device or hardware business yet not lose control over the data.  This container-based approach is exactly the ticket.  It provides much deeper control over the corporate data and minimizes the non-strategic functions that IT provides today.”

Bitzer Mobile Inc., enhances employee productivity by allowing secure access to corporate apps and data from mobile devices while preserving rich user experience. Its secure container solution creates the enterprise workspace on any mobile device – corporate owned or personal, and for all mobile platforms. Employees get seamless access to intranet, corporate data and apps with enterprise-grade security and deep integration with Windows Authentication for true Single Sign-On. For more information, please visit Bitzer Mobile

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Mobile Devices – Can You Keep Up With the Joneses?

The time between device model upgrades is shrinking. Consumers and businesses are feeling further and further behind in keeping up. For those that do try to keep up it is getting expensive. How should individuals and organizations approach this new reality of near-constant refresh? Check out this weeks Mobile-Only post, The Mobile Refresh Rate, to find out!

Benjamin Robbins is a Principal at Palador, a consulting firm that focuses on providing strategic guidance to enterprises in the areas of mobile strategy, policy, apps, and data. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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Microsoft Office on iOS and Android – Missing the Mobile Mark?

The Verge this past week released a story that disclosed details of the upcoming 2013 release of Microsoft Office. These details leave lots to ponder around the upcoming debut of the dominant office productivity suite on iOS and android. Read this weeks’ Mobile-Only post, Mobile Productivity – A Room With (Just) a View, and see if Office will meet all of you mobile needs.

Benjamin Robbins is a Principal at Palador, a consulting firm that focuses on providing strategic guidance to enterprises in the areas of mobile strategy, policy, apps, and data. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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Mobile and Big Data – My Guess is Better Than Yours!


How is the enterprise of the future going to succeed? Businesses that take their queue from the creative use of mobile and Big Data demonstrated by retail organizations will not only crush their competition, but leave them wondering what magic is behind their success. Check out this week’s Mobile-Only post, Mobile and Big Data – The Enterprise Crystal Ball to learn why enterprises that adapt to deliver predictive results to employees via their mobile devices have a bright future ahead of them.

Benjamin Robbins is a Principal at Palador, a consulting firm that focuses on providing strategic guidance to enterprises in the areas of mobile strategy, policy, apps, and data. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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Mobile Man/Woman, Show Thyself!


Imagine a mobile conference that was dominated by people working on PCs? What does that say about mobility? About us? This week’s mobile-only post takes a hard look at how we say one thing but do another when it comes to mobility. Check out The Myth of the Mobile Worker on The Enterprise Mobility Forum and let me know if you agree.


Benjamin Robbins is a Principal at Palador, a consulting firm that focuses on providing strategic guidance to enterprises in the areas of mobile strategy, policy, apps, and data. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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Live from MobileCON!

I am in sunny San Diego this week for the newly branded MobileCON (formally CTIA App and Enterprise conf). Stay tuned for news and updates!

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What do Dr. Seuss and Enterprise Mobility Have in Common?


Dr. Seuss imagined some fun and zany worlds that kids for generations have enjoyed. This fun filled world provides the backdrop for this weeks mobile-only post. Check out how our real world approach to mobility often mirrors that imagined world of Dr. Seuss in There’s a Data Socket in Your Pocket on the Enterprise Mobility Forum.


Benjamin Robbins is a Principal at Palador, a consulting firm that focuses on providing strategic guidance to enterprises in the areas of mobile strategy, policy, apps, and data. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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When Android, Apps, and iOS Collide


Mobile apps and operating systems have come a tremendous way in the last several years. However, we are still a ways off from a consistent and seamless ecosystem as we move from device to device and app to app. For my mobile-only post for this week I discuss the challenges I face when moving large files between Android and iOS and how we need to arrive at an ecosystem where getting the task done shouldn’t  be hindered by OS or apps. Check out The Square Peg Round Hole Mobile Ecosystem here on the Enterprise Mobility Forum.


Benjamin Robbins is a Principal at Palador, a consulting firm that focuses on providing strategic guidance to enterprises in the areas of mobile strategy, policy, apps, and data. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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Are you really more productive on a mobile device?

This week for my mobile-only post I pose the question – do mobile devices really make us more productive? What do you think – do you spend more time on the same amount of tasks because you don’t have pressure to have to complete them during the work day? Do you spend more time on personal tasks when you could be doing work ones? Check out the latest post – The Mobile Productivity Plateau on the Enterprise Mobility Forum and let me know if  you agree!

Benjamin Robbins is a Principal at Palador, a consulting firm that focuses on providing strategic guidance to enterprises in the areas of mobile strategy, policy, apps, and data. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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