She said that SAFE in combination with MDM tools approaches the security and manageability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, a mainstay of corporate users even with the decline of maker Research in Motion.
The benefit of SAFE with an MDM system is that a corporation won't need to pay for RIM licenses or work behind RIM's Network Operations Center or pay for ongoing maintenance, she said.
"Since SAFE will integrate with all the main MDM platforms, it presupposes an MDM platform already in place," she said. "Between the 300-plus IT policies of SAFE and the existing management control and base level security of an MDM platform, I do believe that the stigma in the enterprise for Android shouldstart going away."
BES has support for more than 500 IT policies, more than the SAFE approach of 338, Wager admitted. "Today we don't do as much" as BES, but Wager urged customers to consider where Android is headed compared to BlackBerry.
Andrew Braunberg, also an analyst at Current Analysis, agreed that programs such as SAFE will drive broader enterprise adoption of Android. "Without programs such as SAFE and HTCPro and others, Android really has no chance of being broadly supported by enterprise IT," he said. Samsung benefited in winning a diverse partnership with various MDM players "no doubt driven by its leading position in the Android smartphone market."
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