Mobile is changing the way business runs. Now it is also changing the way information technology (IT) professionals work. A recent Ponemon Institute study of 400 IT professionals found "agility and preparedness for change" was the most important factor to maintain an effective mobile strategy over time. MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL), a leader in enterprise mobility management (EMM), today announced new capabilities in its summer release to enable this agility and power the next generation of enterprise IT:
- MobileIron Insight is a new tablet app that allows IT to manage its mobile deployment at any time, from anywhere.
- MobileIron Spaces is a new structure within MobileIron Core that allows IT to establish data and task boundaries to protect user privacy and provide flexible delegation of IT responsibilities.
- The MobileIron summer release also adds new OS platform, data security, and ecosystem integration capabilities that allow IT to adapt to the rapidly evolving mobile environment.
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"Businesses are increasingly focused on providing Mobile First services for their employees. It is time for IT professionals to get that same level of attention," said Ojas Rege, vice president of Strategy at MobileIron. "A Mobile First IT organization does a better job of enabling a Mobile First business. These new capabilities focus on giving IT professionals the power, flexibility, and knowledge they need to be successful."
MobileIron Insight Unchains IT from the Desktop
Insight is a new app for iPads and Android tablets that provides a Mobile First experience for IT to easily view, monitor, and manage its mobile deployment at any time, from anywhere. IT administrators are no longer tied to their PCs and browsers for EMM. With Insight, IT administrators can:
- Search for users and devices
- View devices by platform, ownership, carrier, and compliance
- Drill down into specific device status and configuration information
- Troubleshoot issues
- Assign policies and take basic actions
MobileIron Spaces Protect Privacy and Provide Flexible Delegation
As Global 5000 enterprises embrace mobility, the number of IT professionals who need to access a MobileIron system increases and their tasks become more complex. IT responsibilities can differ by function, geography, device ownership, or a host of other criteria, so traditional role-based access control is no longer enough. To meet the needs of the global, mobile enterprise, MobileIron Core will include a new foundational structure called "Spaces," which will allow global administrators to set data and task boundaries across their IT staff. With Spaces, organizations will be able to:
- Protect user privacy by ensuring that administrators can only access mobile data and take actions appropriate to their role. For example, very few, if any, administrators might be authorized to access application inventory or location on a particular device. Spaces are designed to ensure that unauthorized administrators cannot view this data. MobileIron has a history of innovation for protecting user privacy and, in April 2014, was granted US patent 8695058 for "Selective management of mobile device data in an enterprise environment".
- Delegate administrative permissions for devices based on user or device attributes such as device ownership (BYOD vs. corporate), country, language, employee function, OS platform, or device type. An administrator in one country or business unit should not be able to view or take actions on devices in another country or business unit. The same administrator may also have broad permissions on a corporate device but only a subset of those permissions on a personal device.
- Set priorities across Spaces to eliminate conflicts. For example, the Executive Space, which represents all executive devices, may have a higher priority than the iOS Space, which represents all iOS devices. As a result, the same IT administrator will follow a different set of policies and take a different set of actions on the CEO's corporate iPad versus the engineer's BYOD iPhone.
Spaces will allow global IT organizations to make each IT function productive by providing access to the information and permissions it needs to complete its tasks without compromising privacy or policy boundaries. Spaces were developed to provide the flexibility and granularity needed to match both the requirements of a decentralized global IT organization and the complexities of a mobile deployment.