Symantec Creates Enterprise Mobility Ecosystem

— October 09, 2012

Symantec Corp. announced new offerings to create what the company is calling “a trusted ecosystem” of applications and partners to help businesses accelerate the execution of their mobility initiatives. The offerings include two new programs - the App Center Ready Program for app developers and the Mobility Solution Specialization Program for channel partners - as well as a single mobile suite spanning device management, app management and mobile security.

Businesses today are struggling to find the right approach and combination of technologies to realize the productivity benefits of mobility, without compromising protection of critical data. According to Symantec’s “State of Mobility Survey,” nearly half of the organizations surveyed (48%) see mobility as a challenge that requires effort to manage.

Symantec is trying to simplify this process by working directly with app developers and implementation partners to create a trusted ecosystem. The suite of solutions addresses five critical areas of enterprise mobility - user and app access, app and data protection, device management, threat protection and secure file sharing.

Enterprise-Ready, Trusted Mobile Apps

Symantec App Center Ready Program allows mobile app developers to embed Symantec’s security and management features, such as encryption, authentication, data loss prevention policies, app distribution and revocation, into their apps without changing their source code. IT organizations with this solution can now deploy these apps across both iOS and Android platforms with the same level of management, protection and trust as in-house apps.

Mobile app developers in the program can accelerate adoption by addressing concerns around information security. Participating developers can speed up time to market by eliminating additional coding and gain visibility for their apps through the Center’s catalogue, which lists all trusted apps certified by Symantec. Developers can now focus on the functionality of their apps to create a great user interface. The initial members of the program include business apps such as Branchfire iAnnotate, Damaka Xavy, Emtrace Moxier, Good.iWare GoodReader, Ikonic Apps, Infraware Polaris Office and Picsel SmartOffice.  

Specialization for Channel Partners

A dedicated mobility channel specialization program will allow partners to offer Symantec’s enterprise mobility products to their customers. The Mobility Solution Specialization will cover the full suite and provide partners with access to opportunity registration, expert resources, enablement programs, certifications and funds in a multi-tier model. Participating partners will be able to establish compelling practices around enabling mobility with an end-to-end solution.

A Single Suite
The Mobile Management Suite is a single solution that covers MDM, MAM and mobile security. This new suite can be deployed on a per-user meter with both subscription and perpetual pricing models. The suite supports the major platforms, including iOS 6, Android 4.1 and Windows Phone 7.5, and features integrations with Symantec Endpoint Management and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager deployments. It also features new enhancements, such as application blacklisting, email access control and compliance management.

Strong Authentication Made Easy
A new Android app for Symantec Managed PKI transparently issues digital certificates to Android phones and tablets. Companies can automate certificate enrolment, updates and revocation, and lower management costs.

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