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U.K. Supermarket Chain Partners with Good Technology on Mobile Device Management Push


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March 19, 2012

U.K. Supermarket Chain Partners with Good Technology on Mobile Device Management Push

By Beecher Tuttle, TMCnet Contributor

In a sign that mobile device management is necessary in most every industry, U.K. supermarket chain Sainsbury will be adopting Good Technology's (News - Alert) mobile enterprise software to secure the smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets of its employees.

Sainsbury will employ Good's "sandbox" approach, where an employee's mobile device will keep personal and corporate data completely separate, enabling workers to use their own Apple, Blackberry or Android (News - Alert) device for business functions, according to Computerworld UK. After downloading the Good app, Sainsbury's 150,000-plus employees can tap into the corporate network while out on the shop floor or while on-the-go.

Andrew Jacques, general manager of Good Technology UK, told that the first step will be to provide a corporate email client, a calendar client and a secure browser for Internet access. The next phase will then be to build supply chain and stock control applications on top of the existing architecture.

"In a typical store there is maybe one computer for the store manager to access corporate email," he told the website. The solution allows store managers to stay on the shop floor and stay connected to headquarters by accessing their email on their personal device."

Mobile device management solutions have become more pervasive in the last 18 months as companies have begun to embrace – or at least stop fighting – the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work movement. Companies that allow employees to access their corporate network from unsecure personal devices can suffer productivity losses and open themselves up to noncompliance issues.

To develop a clearer picture of the mobile device management space and where it is heading, TMCnet's Juliana Kenny recently sat down with Rakesh Kushwaha, CTO and founder of Mformation (News - Alert), a player in the space since the early 2000's. The two caught up at ITEXPO East 2012, which recently wrapped up in Miami.

Check out the video above for Kushwaha's take on mobile device management and the enterprise barriers that it can help overcome.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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