Verizon Adds MobileIron Platform to Portfolio
by Maria Montenegro
To help organizations better manage and secure an expanding universe of corporate-issued and employee-owned devices, Verizon Enterprise Solutions has added new features to its cloud-based Mobile Workforce Manager solution and signed a resale agreement with MobileIron, a global leader in enterprise mobility management.
"As organizations continue to grapple with mobile device management, our cloud-based Mobile Workforce Manager solution and MobileIron's platform are a powerful combination that will give our clients greater choice on a global platform," said John Harrobin, chief marketing officer at Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
Cloud-Based Enterprise Mobility Simplified
Verizon's Mobile Workforce Manager, previously known as Enterprise-Mobility-as-a-Service, has been enhanced with new features that securely separate users' business and personal lives across devices and improve functionality for managing mobile applications, offering an overall simplified user experience. Now available to medium and large organizations in 30 countries and territories in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, Mobile Workforce Manager also offers local billing, currency and support options. The new features include:
Secure Workspace for supporting 'Bring Your Own Laptop.' Creates separate corporate and personal personas for data and applications that reside on a device. The secure workspace can be easily managed by an organization's IT department which can lock, wipe and locate a user's corporate persona to protect company property, while maintaining user privacy. End users can also store and access corporate documents from a secure cloud. The secure workspace feature was previously only available on smartphones and tablets.
Expanded Control for Managing Mobile Applications. Generates greater flexibility for the IT administrator when deploying business applications by offering the ability to wrap security policies around a given application. This then creates convenience for the end user who can access all applications with a single sign-on and a preserved native experience that is reflective of their preferred device.
Simplified User Portal. Offers a single portal for an end user or administrator to make any changes to the service or to add devices. The newly designed portal allows the ability to create customized dashboards and can be accessed on any device with a consistent look and feel.
"Unlike competitive offerings which require organizations to pay for services on a per-device basis, Mobile Workforce Manager offers a powerful package of capabilities priced on a per user basis and not by the number of devices that a person carries," added Harrobin.
In addition to supporting Android and iOS devices, Mobile Workforce Manager can also now support devices that run on Mac and Windows Phone 8 operating systems.
Premise-Based Enterprise Mobility Solutions
For enterprises and organizations seeking a premise-based platform for managing mobile devices and applications, MobileIron's portfolio can now be sold to organizations by Verizon Enterprise Solutions account representatives that are based in the United States. Later this year, the resale agreement will be extended to Verizon clients in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Recognized as a leader last year by Gartner, Inc. in its, "Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software," report 1, MobileIron enables global companies to give their employees access to every business process they need, on any device they choose and all with a secure experience.
"Verizon embodies the 'mobile first' mission that we live by," said Bob Tinker, chief executive officer with MobileIron. "We look forward to working with Verizon to help serve the needs of their global clients who are mobilizing their businesses."
According to the 2013 Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software," report, "MDM has seen rapid growth during the past two years as companies have adopted more consumer-designed smartphones and are looking to enforce policies across multiple OS platforms. In 2012, Gartner saw license revenue run to $784 million worldwide, and it is expected to rise to over $1.6 billion in 2014."
For more insights into the state of today's enterprise mobility market, check out this video featuring commentary from Bill Versen, director of mobility solutions for Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
Editor's Note: The 30 countries and territories where Verizon's Mobile Workforce Manager is available include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong (S.A.P. China), India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.
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1 Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software," May 2013, Authors Phillip Redman, John Girard, Terrence Cosgrove, Monica Basso.