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Good Technology – Securing the Enterprise App Ecosystem

Suzanne DicksonWhat can an enterprise do once there is the realization that mobile security is more than just managing devices? This was the topic at hand in my discussion with Suzanne Dickson, VP of Product Marketing, of Good Technology at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Dickson and the people at Good Technology know a thing or two about enterprise mobile security. Good Technology’s services are used by major organizations, including 50 of the Fortune 100 as well as enterprise customers in 90+ countries operating on over 200 carriers. This has provided them the opportunity to gain a lot of insight into enterprise mobile requirements.

“The market is still very early in understanding the potential security threats,” Dickson stated. “A lot of security issues are done by users losing data inadvertently,” she continued. Dickson acknowledged that this can happen simply because users share data from the device that they are not supposed to. Dickson went on to state that “there is a misconception out there that if I have device management then my data is safe.” Enterprises are slowly moving away from this line-of-thinking and Good Technology believes it is positioned well to be able to help them respond to the much broader threat landscape.

So what does this broader threat landscape look like; where are the additional security gaps that need to be plugged? Dickson believes that part of their job is educating customers about these threats. One area is through the applications itself. “With application development, you could develop an app and rely on traditional VPN for data security,” Dickson said. But she doesn’t view that as a robust solution. “Companies may think they are safe until an [security] event happens – this is a big disconnect.”

But Good Technology is working closely with customers and partners to stay ahead of this event. One particular area, Information Management, is where Dickson feels they are on solid ground is with their Good Dynamics product. Good Dynamics is a mobile application platform for developing secure applications. Good Dynamics-enabled mobile applications are wrapped in a secure container. This enables clean separation between enterprise data and employees’ data on their mobile devices.  Managing the information is a key component to the future of enterprise mobility for Dickson.  “Information management is where it gets exciting. It doesn’t matter where the data is, whether your phone or desktop,” she said. “How you secure the data regardless is what gives you the flexibility to have that data located anywhere.”

With Good Dynamics securing enterprise data is done through partnerships. By partnering with apps and services such as Box, Quickoffice, and Roambi, Good Technology is able to assure customers end-to-end control of their valuable assets. And as with many trends in mobility this is being driven by the consumer. “We are hearing from partners that clients are telling them they can’t use their app until it is secure,” she recounted. This consumer/client driven approach is also pushing Good’s product roadmap as well. As Dickson said “part of the benefit that we have of working with early adopters is that they are pushing us to new directions and capabilities, especially on a global level.”  This insight is a key strategic advantage not only for Good Technology but also as something that is passed on to their clients. “Our fundamental promise and focus is on security. We believe a lot of the growth [in the enterprise] is in the number of applications and we want to allow people to build those applications securely and cost effectively.”

About Good Technology

Good Technology combines award-winning enterprise-grade mobile security and control with an exceptional user experience, allowing enterprise and government employees to connect, communicate, and collaborate on iPads™, iPhones®, Android™, Windows Phone and other leading smartphone platforms. Good opens new possibilities for maximizing business and personal productivity by providing secure, easy-to-use, and instant mobile access to email, collaboration, application, document editing and device management capabilities on iOS and Android devices. Good also enables secure mobile application and secure, custom social media platform development. Discover more at www.good.com.

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Workshifting – Mobility for the Masses

I got a chance to catch up with Chris Fleck, VP of Mobility Solutions at Citirx, at the CITE Conference and Expo in San Fransisco. I had been looking forward to getting to chat with him ever since reading his piece on the NirvanaPhone. Fleck and Citrix are helping to bring about the reality of what they call ‘workshifting’, the ability to work anywhere, anytime. Workshifting is the idea that companies can be more productive and responsive through providing employees the flexibility to work at the most convenient times and locations using the devices they want. This is a notion that resonates strongly with me. According to Fleck, “workshifting his is a much more inclusive idea and experience than what was once called telecommuting.” Fleck relayed that the employees who are able and expect to work anytime, anywhere “is rapidly changing from the exception of a few sales road-warriors and executives, to the new norm for entire organizations.” As Fleck stated, “the new standard is mobile and wireless.” Fleck noted that workshifting is important for organizations “to improve not only productivity but also help with employee retention, improve customer service, and make their job easier.” He went on to further expound the benefits for enterprises by saying “when employees operate in the model of work from anywhere, with the device they want, companies will get more out of them and allow the whole business cycle to move faster.”

Citrix is even tracking this change in the enterprise, called The Citrix Global Workshifting Index. According to the study, it was found that by the end of 2013 93% of organizations will have implemented workshifting policies; up from 37% of organization that currently offer workshifting for part, or all, of their workforce. This is a big change and Fleck thinks that Citrix has the enterprise products to play a central role. This was recently validated by Citrix’s Xen Receiver winning the Best Mobile App for Enterprise at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Fleck offered some excellent advice for IT departments being charged with responsibility of implementing this new norm. Though it is not simple to place an ROI on productivity he thinks that IT departments can approach the problem by looking at the lack of incremental costs. Fleck states that once the infrastructure is in place for a few “from an incremental cost perspective it isn’t going to cost me [IT departments] any more to support the scenario of everyone.” Companies will, regardless of scale, need to have the infrastructure and management capabilities for sales and executives, so it will have little cost impact to add additional employees. Fleck doesn’t see any end in sight for new hardware devices being introduced into the market and believes IT departments need to be ready for this continued trend in workshifting. He sees Citrix as well positioned to help bring about this new norm of workshifting for all. Stay tuned for more to come!

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Mobile Productivity – Access Your PC/Mac Files From Your Phone with Pocket Cloud Explore

Ever been out and about and suddenly realize you need a file on your Mac or PC. Pocket Cloud Explore from Wyse can help you out. I got a chance to speak with Rick Cook and Evren Bingol, some of the lead engineers of the product, in the Google booth (I’m not sure you can call it just a ‘booth’ with its slide and smoothie bar) at Mobile World Congress. Pocket Cloud Explore allow users to interact with the file system between their SmartPhone (iPhone and Android) and their desktop or servers (PC or Mac). You install an agent on the machine(s) and and download the app and you are off and running. You can also send a link to share files with others. There is also a Cloud Bin feature that allows you to store and access files in the cloud. A very cool feature that will be available in an upcoming release is the ability to stream audio and video directly from the PC or Mac to your Phone. There is no release date yet on that feature but in the meantime download the free version and give it a try. Thanks Rick and Evren for the tour!

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Just for Fun

Because I live in Seattle:

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Speed up Your Mobile App Dev Productivity with tiggzi

I got a chance to catch up with Max Katz, Developer Relations, of tiggzi this morning at Mobile World Congress. tiggzi is a mobile application development platform that is hosted in the cloud (Amazon Web Services). tiggzi started off as a prototyping tool. What the team quickly realized is that this cool drag and drop prototyping tool could be extended to actually wire up the controls to RESTful web services as well. This, coupled with a very clean and efficient UI, has evolved into a very powerful productivity tool for mobile app developers. Katz related that their target user is the “citizen developer”.  Though the tool is primarily a drag and drop experience developers can still add custom java script to their application. tiggzi can leverage publicly published RESTful web services or those created through back-end services such as Parse. What is most intriguing to those of us who create mobile apps is the speed at which apps can be up and running. Below are a few shots of the UI to give you a sense of how cleanly it is laid out. tiggzi has a free version for a single app – definitely worth checking out.

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VMware Assembling a Complete Picture for Enterprise Mobility Management – MWC12

imageI want to give you a sneak peek into my conversation with Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist for VMware horizon. VMWare has some exciting stuff going on in the area of MDM (Mobile Device Management), MAM (Mobile Application Management), and MIM (Mobile Information Management). This is a topic that I know many of you are very interested in, so I will devote some longer pieces to it – post Mobile World Congress 2012 – because it is worth going into detail on. So here is a taste. Goodman, working in conjunction with his team at VMware, is approaching the issue of Enterprise Mobility Management with a broad and visionary approach. It is visionary in the sense that they understand that the end game for managing enterprise mobility, from and IT perspective, requires not only device and app management, but also people/information management. Goodman relayed how VMware’s Horizon application provides users a seamless experience on different platforms (mobile, pc, laptops, etc.). Users are able have one log in and one place to go on any platform for all business application access and content. Couple this with VMware’s products that provide the ability to perform device and app management and you have a very complete enterprise mobility management platform. Look for lots more on this in the weeks to come. (Thanks for Brian Katz for the introduction!)

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appMobi For the Enterprise MWC12

I had a great conversation with Joe Monastiero,  VP of Business Development at appMobi. Many of you may already be familiar with appMobi – the cloud platform for app development. Their platform delivers an integrated development, deployment, and payment solution to all the major app markets and devices. One thing you probably don’t know is that this platform can be leveraged for your enterprise app needs as well. appMobi is beginning to provide a model for larger enterprises to white label their solution to a separate private cloud environment. Hosted on Amazon Web Services appMobi will keep these one-off deployments up to the latest version as well. Regardless if you negotiate a enterprise license or not you can always use their public version for you app dev needs.

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TouchPal Improves Typing Speed and Productivity – MWC12

I caught up with the folks from TouchPal at Mobile World Congress. This free keyboard app for iPhone and Android has a pretty slick predictive engine that improves upon standard typing and Swype style typing. For example with Swype you have to complete the entire pattern for the word to show up. This is a pain for long words. With TouchPal it will predict the word a few characters in. Another example of improved speed is TouchPal also predicts the most common words that follow the one you just typed. Give it a try and let me know if you see productivity gains.

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Mobile Productivity from MWC12 with the Samsung Galaxy Beam

Got a chance to test out the new Samsung Galaxy Beam this AM. Not only is it a phone, but it also has a built-in 15 lumens projector. This device is slick. Not to mention that it is totally in-line with my penchant for mobile-only.

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Samsung also includes a slide display app that would allow you to use the device to show your PowerPoint slides in a meeting. The app allows for on screen annotations as well.

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remotelyMOBILE Live at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – Sneak Peek

Just to whet your whistle – Look for lots more all this week!


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