ATandT Extends Smartphone Management Capabilities from MobileIron

By Nathan Eddy

Communications giant AT&T has announced a service to help businesses better manage and help secure smartphones on multiple operating systems within their organizations. The service, MobileIron VSP (Virtual Smartphone Platform) from AT&T, provides over-the-air protection and control for both company- and employee-owned smartphones used within an organization.

The service also 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 this month, according to a company release.

"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 of advanced enterprise mobility solutions with AT&T Business Solutions. "With the addition of this new mobile device management service from MobileIron, we're providing customers the ability to manage devices across multiple platforms. Our team at AT&T is focused on helping customers find the right technology solutions to embrace the benefits mobility offers to businesses."

Formed earlier this year, AT&T's Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions group collaborates with product teams across hosting, application management and UC (unified communications) to help mobilize applications for business customers, developers and independent software providers. The group complements AT&T's Emerging Devices Organization, which focuses on wirelessly enabling devices for consumers.

"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 of MobileIron. "More and more companies of all sizes are embracing both corporate- and employee-owned smartphones. We're delighted to be working with AT&T's Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions group to help more enterprises say yes to smartphones."

In a recent IDC market share report, the IT research company predicted the worldwide mobile device management market will grow by a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) 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," said IDC analyst Stacy Crook. "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."

This article was originally published on 2010-11-17