Just as enterprises are starting to get a firm handle on mobile device management, they are looking ahead to a new set of devices that could throw IT into chaos if not properly managed. More pervasive and numerous than smartphones or tablets, companies must plan now for the influx of Internet of Things devices.
Enterprise mobile app development and deployment can be a fragmented and frustrating experience for app developers, IT and end users. To streamline the process, AirWatch by VMware, Box, Cisco, Workday and Xamarin have unveiled a new open standard approach called app configuration for the enterprise.
AirWatch by VMware unveiled Tuesday AirWatch 8--the first major update to its enterprise mobility management platform since VMware acquired it in January of last year.
The new mobile device management service is only available for Apple devices but its low cost and simplicity may appeal to smaller businesses.
To address the growing BYOD market, AT&T is teaming with MobileIron, AirWatch by VMware and Good Technology to offer a new BYOD option that enables firms to add AT&T data, voice and messaging service to their enterprise mobility management platform.
Waste management firm Republic Services is considering implementing a 100 percent BYOD program for smarpthone and tablets by next year. Currently, the company provides corporate-liable devices to its employees.
VMware has announced that its AirWatch enterprise mobility management unit will partner with HP's enterprise unit to help better enable a mobile workforce.
AirWatch, Citrix, Good Technology, IBM, MobileIron and SAP are "leaders" in the enterprise mobility management market, according to the latest IDC MarketScape report.
The enterprise mobility management market is consolidating, and only vendors with the strongest offerings can survive. That is the judgment of John Marshall, founder and general manager of AirWatch by VMware, one of the surviving EMM vendors.
Server backup software--something of a commodity enterprise IT product--appears to be creeping in on the greener mobile device management market. For CIOs, this may mean bundled solutions are on the horizon or a crossover product, mobile device backup/data protection, could gain popularity as vendors attempt to cross sell these solutions to the enterprise, says Nikolay Yamakawa, a 451 Research analyst.