Google is launching a new zero-touch enrollment tool for Android rollouts so companies can configure the devices they purchase and ship them with management and settings pre-configured. This removes the need for users to configure devices manually and ensures that devices always have corporate policies in place.
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Well, that was speedy. Yesterday, Microsoft kicked off its Office 365 Summit in Sydney by saying that hosting for Office 365 and Dynamics CRM in its Australian data centres would be coming very, very soon. Today, it has launched the service.
BlackBerry has long been arguing its future will rely on the ability to manage multiple mobile devices, rather than simply selling handsets. Its newly-announced BlackBerry Experience Suite plays into that story by offering an integrated "desktop" of services for Android, iOS and Windows users.
Google just announced Android For Work, which aims to make managing diverse Android devices easier and eliminate the headaches associated with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approaches. But does it offer any real benefits you couldn't already get with an mobile device management (MDM) platform? Lifehacker investigates.
Today BlackBerry launched the latest weapon in its long-term comeback plan: the cross-platform business app Blend. As its name implies, Blend allows BlackBerry users to access their messages and content on a range of tablet and PC screens while still under the protection of BlackBerry's secure network. In other words, it hopes to render "device-hopping" a thing of the past.
Last month, Apple and IBM announced a partnership which will see the two tech giants partner on the development of specific enterprise apps for iOS and offering new management and delivery options for iPhones and iPads. It's an interesting development, but it's not going to fundamentally change the role of Apple technology in the enterprise.
The big headline addition in Windows Phone 8.1 Update is an alpha of the Cortana voice assistant for Australian users, and many of the other features such as folders are aimed at individual users. For IT managers, a more interesting potential inclusion is Apps Corner, a cut-down approach to mobile device management (MDM).
In a corporate environment where bring your own device (BYOD) has become widely accepted, the competition for business IT dollars has increasingly switched to mobile device management (MDM). Microsoft's play in this space relies on two non-mobile technologies where it dominates: Office and Active Directory.
Mobile device management is definitely the most comprehensive solution to the management and security woes of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) era, but that doesn't mean it's easy to do. New research from Telsyte suggests that just 24 per cent of companies have MDM software installed and processes in place.
BlackBerry took its first steps towards its mobile device management (MDM)-centric future this week. At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, it announced plans for a new version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server by the end of 2014 and a free migration deal for users of other MDM platforms.
Securing Android devices isn't quite as fiddly as trying to manage iOS, but still lacks options compared to the well-established principles for desktop PCs and laptops. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Intel outlined plans to make Android devices more manageable, but just how soon will we see those plans in action?
Mobile device management (MDM) is an essential component of any sensible bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy. While having a degree of control over mobile devices used for work purposes is useful, it's important to recognise the limitations of the approach. The biggest one? What you can control is limited and constantly changing.
Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud-based management platform, is about to receive an update that boosts its mobile device management (MDM) capabilities. The new release adds the ability to create standardised email profiles for device configuration, as well as enabling remote lock for misplaced devices.
Exactly which direction BlackBerry will pursue in the near future remains unclear. However, the signs suggest that it plans to focus even more heavily on mobile device management (MDM).
Over the weekend, BlackBerry announced that it was rationalising its product line, sacking thousands of staff and concentrating on enterprise and business customers rather than a mass consumer offering. That's a sensible strategy, but it will require some immediate product changes. Here are five issues it needs to resolve.