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MobileIron Lets Employees Bring Own Devices to Work, Get Permission-Based Access


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October 11, 2011

MobileIron Lets Employees Bring Own Devices to Work, Get Permission-Based Access

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

MobileIron lets companies meet their compliance, security and regulatory needs – all while saving time and money.

Its products let employees bring their own devices to work and get permission-based access, Adam Stein, the company’s marketing director, told TMC (News - Alert) CEO Rich Tehrani in a recent interview held in San Jose, Calif.

This comes as tablets and smartphones are increasingly important personal communications and computing platforms for businesses. But these devices can lead to increased costs, increased risk, and they present numerous challenges to an organization, according to the company.

MobileIron makes it easier for IT, finance, and end-users and lets smartphone data move to the enterprise cloud, the company said.

“Apps are a huge part of what’s happening in the mobile workspace. If you have an iPhone, or an Android (News - Alert) device, or a tablet, it doesn’t matter. People want to use Apps,” Stein said. “That’s the reason the data is running through the veins of these devices in the first place – they want to use more and more apps.”

MobileIron's VSP lets employees bring in their own devices and these devices – as well as the company-owned ones – all work together. That gives the organization a huge benefit across all operating systems, the company said.

The product also lets an organization shut down usage – through Mobile Activity Intelligence – before it reaches a threshold which can lead to higher costs – something that saves money.

And the product allows for managing all applications, handling such question as who gets access to what applications, Stein said.

The MobileIron VSP is an easy-to-use server that plugs into a corporate network, according to information posted on the company’s website.

MobileIron’s U.S. headquarters is in Mountain View, Calif. Another key office is located in The Netherlands, as well as another one in Hyderabad, India.

MobileIron was started in 2007. The company has some 700 customers. They range in size to some 100 employees to some 10,000 employees. Many of the companies are listed on the Fortune 500.

Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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