MobileIron's Anyware--Registered in 60 seconds
IT administrators can set up MobileIron's Anyware enterprise mobility management product in minutes and users can register in 60 seconds, the company says. Here is a MobileIron video demonstrating the one-minute registration.
Cloud-based Anyware enables IT to register and provision new mobile devices, distribute mobile apps and content, and enforce security policies. The product also provides employees with one-touch configuration, personalized app and content catalogs, app ratings, privacy protection and an intuitive interface.
In addition, Anyware integrates with the Salesforce.com platform and enables companies using Salesforce to distribute mobile apps to employees and manage mobile devices from the Salesforce administration console.
You are probably saying, "this sounds like a lot of marketing spin to me." Well, you might be right. But listen to what a number of normally skeptical tech pundits have to say about Anyware.
"MobileIron actually threw out the traditional mobile management playbook and built the service without any legacy code from its existing product offerings. The result is a very nimble and intuitive product," opined freelance tech writer and CITEworld contributor Ryan Faas.
"The company claims an admin can set up the service and begin managing devices in just five minutes. While some organizations might take a little bit longer depending on the complexity of their environments and their mobile policies, and how organized or available the requisite information is, I actually believe that a mid-size firm could get the basics done that quickly," Faas added.
After lamenting the current state of "straitjacketed" enterprise mobility tools, Galen Gruman with InfoWorld enthused: "So it was a breath of fresh air to see MobileIron's Anyware app and content management service ... It treats apps and content as resources to distribute, which sounds like a no-brainer but is not how most organizations approach the issue."
Gruman added: "The fresh thinking in Anyware centers around the notion of enablement. Yes, you get all the policy restrictions you might want, but you apply them sensibly in a tiered-security model in service of getting the right tools and content to workers."
The basic Anyware service starts at $2 per user, per month and climbs to $8 per user, per month for advanced security features, bulk app purchases and granular control over document availability, according to a report by TechCrunch.
There is a least one drawback: Anyware only supports Android 4.0 or later and iOS 5 or later. So BlackBerry and Windows Phone users are out of luck.
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