AT&T's MobileIron Virtual Smartphone Platform
(VSP) aims to help businesses and organizations of all sizes better manage and help secure smartphones on multiple operating systems within their organization.
MobileIron VSP from AT&T provides over-the-air protection and control for smartphones being used within an organization, both company and employee-owned. It provides multiplatform visibility for integrated devices running on various mobile operating systems and across multiple wireless service providers. The solution is expected to be available for purchase by AT&T business customers by the end of November.
MobileIron VSP from AT&T enables both IT and mobile workers to better secure data and control costs without compromising privacy, even on employee-owned mobile phones. The MobileIron VSP is an easy-to-install server that can be up and running in a corporate network quickly.
"More and more companies are using mobile technology as an essential business tool. However, as corporate information moves onto mobile devices, companies are challenged with visibility into what is happening with data, costs, security, and applications," says Michael Antieri, president, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "With the addition of this new mobile device management service from MobileIron, we're providing customers the ability to manage devices across multiple platforms. Our team at AT&T is focused on helping customers find the right technology solutions to embrace the benefits mobility offers to businesses."
"Smartphones are transforming the way enterprise users do their work. After many years of talking about the mobile enterprise, it has finally arrived," says Bob Tinker, CEO, MobileIron. "More and more companies of all sizes are embracing both corporate- and employee-owned smartphones. We're delighted to be working with AT&T's Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions group to help more enterprises say yes to smartphones."
In a recent IDC market share report, IDC predicts the worldwide mobile device management market will grow by a CAGR of 7.6% over the next five years to reach $382.7 million in revenue by 2014.
"The increasing acceptance of individual-liable devices in the enterprise will continue to be an important driver of activity for mobile device management throughout the forecast period. This is due to the increased number of mobile operating systems that IT will have to support as well as the added security risks these devices can present," says Stacy Crook, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Enterprise Software program.
Formed earlier this year, AT&T's Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions group collaborates with product teams across hosting, application management, and unified communications to help mobilize applications for business customers, developers, and independent software providers. The group complements AT&T's Emerging Devices Organization, which focuses on wirelessly enabling devices for consumers.