Good aims to manage all enterprise mobile devices

By , IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

Enterprises don't want to have to use two different management systems to support
mobile devices in the warehouse and smartphones for executives, and so Good
Technology
, with sister company Symbol, plans to offer products that can
support all types of mobile devices.

"A Symbol device on the loading dock doesn't have the same security policies
and applications as smartphones, but you don't need two products to manage them,"
said Brian Havener, group product manager at Motorola's Enterprise Mobility
team.

In the coming months, Good plans to unveil more products and services that
let an enterprise manage devices from the "shop floor to the corner office"
using the same systems, he said.

Since Motorola acquired Good last year, Good has been working on ways to combine
its enterprise e-mail offering with products from Symbol, which was also acquired
by Motorola in 2007. Currently, the companies offer a variety of products in
different "silos" within the same group, Havener said. "In the
last six months we've been working on: Where does it make sense to put the investment
to break the silos and have a common foundation of services and products,"
he said.

Good's product comprises two pieces: the e-mail client and the back-end server.
In the next release, expected to become available in a couple months, the server
will have many more management and security features, he said. It will support
other mobile applications in addition to e-mail and will allow IT administrators
to secure and manage devices as they operate over cellular networks and Wi-Fi
networks.

Despite Good's ties to Motorola and Symbol, the technology will continue to
support devices made by any manufacturer, Havener said. Other mobile-device
management providers, like Nokia's Intellisync, have similar policies, but it's
one that sets Good and Intellisync apart from a notable competitor: Microsoft.

"We don't have a single customer today, nor will we tomorrow, that has
Exchange 07, all Windows Mobile 6.1 devices and the chops to essentially deploy
a [Network Operations Center]," said Havener. In order to use Microsoft's
Mobile Device Manager, enterprises must be running Exchange 2007 and only use
mobile phones running Windows Mobile 6.1, the software that will become available
possibly as soon as the second quarter this year.

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