News Bytes: iPad is king of enterprise tablets; Texting at work; more
>> iPad continues to dominate enterprise tablet activations
Apple's iPad continued its dominance of the enterprise tablet market, making up 90 percent of total tablet activations in the third quarter, according to stats compiled by Good Technology from its customer base. Android smartphone activations slipped from 30 percent in the second quarter to 27 percent in the third quarter, but this was still up from 21 percent in the first quarter. For the first time, Good is tracking enterprise mobile app adoption. There are more than 1,000 customer apps built and deployed by Good customers. The total number of secure mobile app activations rose nearly 42 percent quarter over quarter. Read more (.pdf) on Good's Mobility Index report.
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>> Texting as an enterprise communications tool
The use of secure texting in the enterprise environment is taking off as a result of secure social collaboration tools like Jive Software, Cisco's WebEx Social and Novell's Vibe collaboration platform, according to an article by Computerworld. As younger workers enter the workforce, they are pushing to use social tools that they use in their personal lives, such as texting. Without a secure texting platform, enterprises open themselves up to data breaches and regulatory fines if employees use insecure texting, warns Brad Brooks, CEO of enterprise texting tool supplier TigerText. "We think [texting] is conducive to improving enterprise workflow but it needs to be managed and controlled to prevent data leakage out of the enterprise," Brooks added. Read more on enterprise texting.
>> Dell beefs up enterprise mobility offerings
Dell unveiled on Wednesday a number of new enterprise mobility tools, including a new Dell KACE K1000 GO mobile app so that IT admins can provide help desk support from mobile devices, enhancements to SonicWall secure mobile access product, an update to its Wyse cloud-based device management tool and a modular mobility consulting service targeted at mid-sized businesses. Enhancements to the SonicWall product include secure access to enterprise apps, data and resources from Windows 8.1 tablets and laptops as well as iOS and Android mobile devices. The Wyse update expands the mobile device management tools to devices running iOS 7 and Dell's hardened Android devices. Read more on Dell's new enterprise mobility products.
>> Apple's cheaper iPhone strategy falters
Apple's attempt to make a cheaper version of the iPhone, it recently released iPhone 5C, is not panning out, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Apple has reduced orders to assemblers for the lower priced iPhone, according to sources familiar with the situation. Orange CFO Gervais Pellissier told the newspaper that the iPhone 5C is not selling as well as expected because it is too pricey; older iPhone 4S are a cheaper option. Best Buy employees on the East Coast are telling the same story, with ample stocks of 5C in the stores. At the same time, the more expensive iPhone 5S is selling quite well, according to these same sources. Read more on Apple's cheaper iPhone flop.
>> MoNimbus launches cloud based mobile enterprise app platform
MoNimbus launched on Wednesday its MoNimbus Studio, a cloud-based mobile enterprise app platform. MoNimbus said that Studio is the first cloud-based platform that provides users the ability to configure and customize their mobile experience without coding and retooling. In addition, MoNimbus Studio enables employees to integrate web workflows and business functions to create a customized mobile business app. Read more on the MoNimbus Studio platform.
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