December 14, 2011 in iAnnouncements (E)
[prMac.com] Sunnyvale, California - The member companies of the Enterprise Device Alliance (EDA) today announced their support for Apple's iOS 5 in enterprise environments. The member companies are committed to providing support for iPhones and iPads that use iOS 5 in enterprise and business deployments with a Windows IT infrastructure. The Alliance members help organizations solve multiple business challenges by providing multi-platform solutions such as systems lifecycle management - Absolute Software; identity & access management - Centrify; mobile file management - GroupLogic; and troubleshooting and knowledge base - Web Help Desk.
Enterprise-class organizations can now use solutions from the members of the Enterprise Device Alliance to leverage their Microsoft Windows IT environments to provide file access to iOS devices and management services to meet IT security and standards.
"The pervasive use of iPhones and the emerging adoption of iPads in large organizations means that IT administrators need to be able to secure and manage the devices while still helping their users get services," said T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Device Alliance. "The Alliance members provide solutions that help IT management leverage their current expertise and infrastructure to streamline the deployment, integration, and management of Apple's popular mobile devices in the enterprise environment."
In a recent survey conducted by the Enterprise Device Alliance, IT administrators asserted that over 80% of large organizations are deploying or piloting iPads. The inevitability of widespread adoption of iOS devices has these administrators concerned about security and management. (See link to the survey results.)
The status and plans of the member companies' support for iOS 5 follow:
Absolute Manage by Absolute Software, a single console providing full management of Windows and Mac computers, as well as Android and iOS devices, has been updated to include full support for iOS 5. Now customers can restrict email so that it can't be copied outside of company accounts, including enforcement of S/MIME encryption. With managed apps support, administrators can push both commercial and in-house (enterprise) apps to devices. And if a device leaves the company the apps can be remotely removed automatically. Even back-up data associated with these apps can be blocked. Controlling company data on a device has been improved by restricting or preventing iCloud functions. Best of all, Absolute Manage provides a menu-driven wizard that supports the new Apple APNS certificate process. The new process does not require membership in the Apple iOS Developer Enterprise program. Now Administrators can obtain and install the required certificate with a just a few mouse-clicks.
mobilEcho supports iOS 5 on iPhone and iPad. mobilEcho enables simple and secure access to corporate files from mobile devices. Installable in less than ten minutes, mobilEcho makes secure corporate file access easy to manage for IT. mobilEcho eliminates risky and inefficient workarounds such as emailing files to one's self and storing an organization's files in consumer synching services.
Web Help Desk:
Ever vigilant to stay technically cutting edge and vendor neutral, the Web Help Desk provides full support for iOS 5 in multiple capacities. The Web Help Desk web application utilizes mobile Safari recognition to provide IT staff with a leaner, more efficient mobile user interface than its desktop browser counterpart. However, when the situation calls for it, IT staff may employ the expanded capabilities of the full browser based feature set. Moreover, the introduction of iOS 5 generated no ill effects to the popular Web Help Desk Mobile app for iPhone and iPad. The native iOS 5 Web Help Desk app, free in the iTunes App Store, continues to provide the perfect blend of features and push notifications to ITSM professionals who remain untethered and on the go.
The Enterprise Device Alliance is a non-profit technology group that serves as a resource for organizations deploying, integrating, and managing Macs, iPhones and iPads in Windows-managed environments. The EDA delivers free information, market data, and access to solutions that support heterogeneous environments. The EDA member companies are leading technology solution providers for cross-platform enterprises. Member companies include Absolute Software, Centrify, GroupLogic, and Web Help Desk. Copyright (C) 2011 The Enterprise Device Alliance. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.