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By John Arkontaky
On Apr 04, 2014

Microsoft Office … the New King of iPad Productivity Apps?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lookout iWork. Lookout Google Docs. On March 27, Microsoft announced that its Office for iPad, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps, are all available in the Apple App Store. 

By John Arkontaky
On Mar 30, 2014

Smartphone-Frying Apps Could be a Thing of the Past with Amazon AppStream

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Have you ever launched an app and watch the battery meter drop before your eyes or feel your smartphone go nuclear? These are common problems with apps that have high demands of your device’s CPU. For the most part, these processor hogs are native apps. However, with Amazon AppStream, intensive apps don’t have to be backbreakers. 

By John Arkontaky
On Mar 28, 2014

XenMobile’s Security Update Meets Requirements for Highly-Regulated Industries

Friday, March 28, 2014

In March, Citrix released the XenMobile 8.7 update, adding various features to the company’s mobility management platform. Chief among these updates is its newly achieved compliance with FIPS 140-2 encryption. FIPS, or Federal Information Processing Standards, set security standards for email, documents, apps, Web browsing and more. FIPS is a standard used by non-military government agencies and government contractors to ensure high standards in device, app and data security.

By John Arkontaky
On Mar 21, 2014

Good Gets Better with BoxTone Acquisition

Friday, March 21, 2014

Already, 61% of companies deployed a mobile device management (MDM) solution. On top of that, just under 30% of companies leverage mobile application management (MAM), and another 15% plan to roll out MAM. Throw into the mix a file, sync, and share platform for mobile file sharing and document collaboration and you have yourself a robust and complex series of mobile systems. Recently, Good Technology announced its plans to acquire BoxTone to leverage its mobile service management (MSM) systems adding another flavor of mobility management systems to the fold.

By John Arkontaky
On Feb 28, 2014

Apple Improves Enterprise Device Enrollment and Volume Purchasing Program

Friday, February 28, 2014

According to our most recent benchmark, nearly every enterprises now supports employee use of iPhones and iPads; IT’s hand was forced from consumerization. Nowadays, instead of supporting a single mobile platform (BlackBerry) and a single fixed operating system (OS) in Windows, IT administrators worry about procuring, configuring, deploying and maintaining a heterogeneous device environment. Sure, this brings new challenges.

By John Arkontaky
On Feb 27, 2014

Mobile World Congress: Samsung is Knoxing on your door again

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Samsung introduced Knox to the world during last year’s Mobile World Conference (MWC). This year, Samsung followed-up with Knox 2.0 at MWC, giving IT and end users a more robust experience for securing devices and for app accessibility. The Knox platform includes both hardware security features for Galaxy endpoints as well as a dual-persona container that separates company and personal data.

By John Arkontaky
On Feb 14, 2014

Android and iOS Attack Vectors Could Force IT’s Hand

Friday, February 14, 2014

Typically, I try to focus on innovation and enabling enterprises over doom-and-gloom scenarios. But, in the past two weeks a few mobile security stories emerged, and it’s important to take stock. Security is like insurance; it’s an idle resource-killer until disaster strikes. If you don’t have the right security measures in place when the smartphone hits the fan, compromised devices, leaked data, and legal ramifications could soon follow. At that point, there could be one more security issue: job security.

By John Arkontaky
On Jan 31, 2014

Are there Deeper Enterprise Implications in Apple’s Quarterly Review?

Friday, January 31, 2014

In Apple’s quarterly review for Q1 2014, executives attributed iOS 7 security features, FIPS 140-2 certification, and app development improvements to strong iOS’s strong growth in the enterprise. We’re confident that consumerization had something to do with iOS saturation too. In addition to the aforementioned features Apple executives mentioned, its Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) contributes to Apple’s popularity. VPP allows companies to procure, distribute and re-issue app licenses (rather than re-purchase apps).

By John Arkontaky
On Jan 22, 2014

VMware Beefs-Up Mobile Management Portfolio with AirWatch Acquisition

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On January 22, 2014, VMware acquired AirWatch, perpetuating the speed at which the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market is evolving. This move strengthens VMware’s mobility management platform, Horizon Workspace, by complimenting its security, file sync and share, and virtualization tools with AirWatch’s mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), and mobile content management (MCM) offerings.

By John Arkontaky
On Jan 10, 2014

Setting the Table for Mobility in 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

This past December, Irwin Lazar posted a great blog post describing the key topics he will cover throughout 2014 in the UC/collaboration space. As a new member of the Nemertes team, I thought it would be great to kick things off by following suit and describe some of the areas I’ll be covering in mobility.

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