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By John Arkontaky
On Jul 16, 2014

IBM and Apple Partner for a Dynamic Mobile Duo

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

If anybody maintains that enterprise mobility isn’t a game changer, look no further than yesterday’s announcement that Apple and IBM are partnering to bolster their mobile offerings. Once competitors, the two companies will work together to increase IBM’s mobile app presence and deepen iOS’s enterprise penetration and support presence. 

By John Arkontaky
On Jun 13, 2014

Google Double-Dips with Two Significant Mobile Enterprise Security Announcements

Friday, June 13, 2014

It’s no secret that one of the biggest knocks on Google’s Android operating system (OS) is its lack of enterprise controls. But, Google’s back-to-back mobility management announcements buck that trend.

By John Arkontaky
On May 22, 2014

XenMobile’s Unveiled Improvements at Citrixy Synergy

Thursday, May 22, 2014

In March, we covered how Citrix incorporated Federal Information Processing Standards, or FIPS, compliance into XenMobile to meet the needs of highly regulated (i.e. government-regulated industries and the like). Citrix re-emphasized XenMobile’s FIPS compliance during last week’s Citrix Synergy IT conference.

By John Arkontaky
On Apr 30, 2014

MobileIron Goes Public, Where Will It Go Next?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Recently, enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron announced its plans to raise $100 million in its initial public offering (IPO). Considered as one of the major vendors in EMM, MobileIron hasn’t revealed its plans for the funds generated by going public, nor has revealed which stock market it will be listed on at this point (though the NASDAQ is known for technology stocks).

By John Arkontaky
On Apr 29, 2014

Microsoft Acquires Nokia’s Smartphones

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Back in September, Microsoft announced its acquisition of Nokia’s mobile hardware assets. After months of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, Microsoft and Nokia finalized the acquisition to the tune of $7.5 billion. Under one roof, Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, now has the tools in the shed to tightly integrate smartphone hardware with the Windows Phone operating system (OS).  

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.

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