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he new product is aimed at extending Good’s secure messaging capabilities to include enterprise-level security, collaboration and archiving for documents received via mobile email and is targeted at Fortune 2000s and the government sector.
Mobile email and PIM provider Good Technology inked a deal with document viewing company Quickoffice to resell and integrate its products into its Good for Enterprise product suite. The new product is aimed at extending Good’s secure messaging capabilities to include enterprise-level security, collaboration and archiving for documents received via mobile email and is targeted at Fortune 2000s and the government sector.
"Most of Fortune 2000 customers take their security pretty seriously," said Ravi Iyer, senior director for Product Management at Good. "This new product enforces enterprise security requirements and a complete view of what is going on with the device."
Good’s messaging supports multiple mobile platforms, including Symbian, iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Android, and enables enterprises to remotely wipe and lock lost or stolen devices. The company sells both directly and indirectly through managed service providers focused on email and collaboration as well as through several carriers around the globe. The company also offers a direct-to-consumer product set.
The past few years have been confusing and a bit tough on Good, who has been passed around via acquisitions and faces some challenges because of the native mobile capability now available in IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange.
However, Iyer says that Good remains well-positioned for success because of its emphasis on security and its ability to meet the increasing enterprise demand for secure multi-device support being fueled by the consumerization of IT.
"More and more, the individual walks in with whatever phone they want" said Iyer. "The enterprise benefits because they don’t have to pay for the data plans or the device, and they can leverage the cost benefits and still manage and secure enterprise data."
The fully integrated product is expected to be available sometime in the second half of this year. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed.
Motorola closed its acquisition of Good in early 2007, and, after being unable to effectively integrate the company into its enterprise mobility product set, sold the company to mobile email veteran Visto last February. Visto saw the solid brand recognition of the Good assets, and chose to rebrand as Good Technology.