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AT&T Improves Smartphone Management for Businesses

AT&T has a new service to help businesses of all sizes better manage and help secure smartphones on multiple operating systems within their organization MobileIron Virtual Smartphone Platform for AT&T.

The MobileIron platform provides over-the-air protection and control for smartphones being used within an organization, both company and employee-owned. It provides multiplatform visibility for integrated devices running on various mobile operating systems and across multiple wireless service providers. The solution is expected to be available for purchase by AT&T business customers by the end of the month.

MobileIron VSP for AT&T enables both IT and mobile workers to better secure data and control cost without compromising privacy, even on employee-owned mobile phones. The MobileIron VSP is an easy-to-install server that can be up and running in a corporate network quickly, according to AT&T.

More and more companies are using mobile technology as an essential business tool. However, as corporate information moves onto mobile devices, companies are challenged with visibility into what is happening with data, costs, security and applications,” said Michael Antieri, president, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. With the addition of this new mobile device management service from MobileIron, were providing customers the ability to manage devices across multiple platforms.”

Smartphones are transforming the way enterprise users do their work.  After many years of talking about the mobile enterprise, it has finally arrived,” said Bob Tinker, CEO, MobileIron. More and more companies of all sizes are embracing both corporate- and employee-owned smartphones. Were delighted to be working with AT&Ts Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions group to help more enterprises say yes to smartphones.”

In a recent IDC market share report, the research firm predicts the worldwide mobile-device management market will grow by a CAGR of 7.6 percent over the next five years to reach $382.7 million in revenue by 2014.

"The increasing acceptance of individual-liable devices in the enterprise will continue to be an important driver of activity for mobile device management throughout the forecast period. This is due to the increased number of mobile operating systems that IT will have to support as well as the added security risks these devices can present," said Stacy Crook, senior research analyst with IDC’s Mobile Enterprise Software program.


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