Mobile Industry on the Move September 14

— September 14, 2013

What’s going on in the world of mobility? Here are this week’s moves by the major players.

SAP AG plans to acquire KXEN, a provider of predictive analytics technology for line-of-business users and analysts. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The combination of KXEN and enterprise business intelligence capabilities from SAP, along with the SAP HANA platform, is intended to help companies harness big data, engage users across the enterprise and aims to execute before their competitors to gain advantages they never thought possible.

KXEN's flagship product, InfiniteInsight, is designed to deliver orders of magnitude improvements in speed and agility to optimize steps in the customer life cycle- including acquisition, cross-sell, up-sell, recommendation, retention and next-best activity, as well as across the business for risk, fraud and operations.

"We are excited to integrate our leading predictive analytics capabilities with market-leading enterprise BI and agile visualization platforms from SAP, which we expect will result in unmatched analytics breadth and depth in the marketplace," said John Ball, CEO, KXEN. "Our customers were increasingly asking us to focus on predictive applications that could be easily consumed by the business, both in the cloud and on premise. The real-time big data capabilities of SAP HANA make it the ideal platform to deliver on this vision."

AT&T plans on launching an all-in-one mobile security solution to be launched later this year. The carrier discussed the expansion of its cyber security portfolio at the 15th Annual AT&T Cyber Security Conference in New York City.

“Security is at the very core of what we do as a company,” said Andy Daudelin, VP Security Services, AT&T Business Solutions. “From the security controls built right into the backbone of our network to our proprietary threat intelligence, we work to make security an enabler, not a limitation of business transformation. That’s one reason why we have a 98 percent retention rate among our security clients.”

The new cyber security solution combines network and device-level security controls with highly-secure virtual private networking, application security and a full suite of mobile device management capabilities. The solution provides businesses with comprehensive security for their mobile ecosystems, even if they’re not AT&T wireless customers.

AT&T has also added Advanced Persistent Threat security assessments to its portfolio of consulting services to help organizations evaluate their ability to detect, resist, and respond to targeted cyber security threats. In addition, AT&T has doubled its network capacity to manage the growing volume of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and recently added a DDoS protection option for customers deploying critical Web applications, including Content Delivery Networks.

Appthority has launched an all-in-one app risk management solution combining app reputation analysis with a new policy management functionality, enabling organizations to create custom app risk policies. 

When integrated with mobile device management (MDM), the solution is designed to give IT administrators the tools needed to maximize the productivity gains of the Mobile First and BYOD by mitigating app risk. Using the Appthority Portal, IT can quickly get a complete inventory of the apps and their risky behaviors currently present on employee devices and take immediate enforcement action without impacting employee satisfaction or device performance and capability.

MDM solutions have the capability to block apps, but enterprises have previously been faced with a complete lack of visibility into which apps contain risky behaviors, such as accessing corporate data, file sharing, sending sensitive information, using cloud file storage and others. “IT Managers tell us they have no idea which apps to have their MDM vendors block,” said Domingo Guerra, President & Co-founder, Appthority.

Using Appthority’s analysis, IT administrators can create custom and unique app policies for all devices under management. This includes generating blacklists and whitelists that auto-populate based on the behavior of new apps entering the environment.

Verivo Software is extending its enterprise mobile app platform to Adobe PhoneGap (Apache Cordova). Verivo Akula 1.0.1 empowers businesses to build, secure and control cross-platform, enterprise-grade hybrid apps using the Akula Cordova SDK. Akula users will now have access to extensive offline capabilities, enhanced data synchronization, improved app security and richer data integration features.

“PhoneGap has set the standard for hybrid mobile app development,” said Arny Epstein, Chief Technology Officer, Verivo Software. “Our goal in building the Akula Cordova SDK is to provide our users with the capabilities that truly enable enterprise-grade hybrid apps.”

AirWatch has launched AirWatch Workspace, a secure containerized solution for all enterprise data including email, applications, content and browsing. Available on iOS and Android, the solution incorporates single sign-on capabilities for all AirWatch applications and internal enterprise applications through AirWatch’s app wrapping and SDK modules. 
“Workspace equips our customers with a powerful tool within our enterprise mobility framework to secure corporate applications and data without requiring full device management,” said John Marshall, President & CEO, AirWatch.


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