Rayonier has selected secure mobile device management (MDM) provider Zenprise to secure and manage a mix of corporate-owned iPhones and iPads as well as employee-owned iOS and Android devices.
Rayonier, a forest products company with a focus on forest resources, highly-purified cellulose fiber materials, and timberland, is implementing a strategic program to move IT applications and MDM to the cloud. This includes enabling a more flexible, app-centric mobile paradigm for its employees.
As part of this process, Rayonier is migrating away from its BlackBerry Enterprise Server to a combination of supported mobile devices and a cloud-based MDM solution. Before selecting an MDM solution, Rayonier evaluated three MDM solutions ultimately selecting Zencloud from Zenprise.
"At the end of the day, it comes down to ease of implementation, ease of administration, how quickly I can train my team on the solution, and how comfortable I feel with sales and support," said Adam Rasner, IT director for Rayonier. "My comfort level with Zenprise across all of these was very high."
The overall objective of Rayonier's IT group is to empower its employees to be more productive on-the-go while maintaining strong security for its devices, network, applications, and data. Near-term, Rayonier is focused on providing management and security for executives, department heads, mill managers, and IT professionals on their iPhones and iPads. From a security perspective, they need to track, lock, and wipe devices in the event of loss, theft, or employee departure.
Rayonier is also rolling out corporate email, provisioning enterprise resources such as Wi-Fi and VPN, and pushing apps like Evernote and Docs2Go. In addition, the company is also enabling a high-quality, secure experience for web-based applications such as mill reporting so that a manager could, for example, get up-to-the minute pulp production volumes for a given mill.
Since implementing Zencloud, Rayonier is now able to support corporate-issued as well as a smattering of personally-owned mobile devices while implementing its strategy to move applications and IT operations to the cloud. Zencloud enables Rayonier's IT department to:
Configure settings prior to rolling out corporate email to devices
Set WiFi policies and automate WiFi key changes to reduce help desk calls
Manage mobile app purchases through the Apple App Store
Push mobile apps and VPN profiles, including Cisco AnyConnect, to devices
Protect corporate data and support its mobile policy
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