MobileIron has launched its Virtual Smartphone Platform 3.0. The new release focuses on partner enablement and delivers a Mobility API for channel partners to integrate MobileIron data and actions with other enterprise systems and build their own applications for mobile device management, security and analytics. MobileIron 3.0 also includes a number of features designed to streamline the workflow and lifecycle management of enterprise smartphones.
"MobileIron 3.0 represents a new phase of enterprise mobility," said Bob Tinker, CEO of MobileIron. "Our customers and partners can now use our platform to extend their mobile service offerings. Unlike legacy device management companies, we are uniquely positioned to be able to deliver this functionality through our virtual data architecture, which provides visibility into the data, apps, and activities of a smartphone and lends itself naturally to broader applications."
As mobile devices become widely used computing platforms, enterprises have an ever-expanding need to manage and secure corporate assets on these devices, including the ability to:
Trigger MobileIron device management actions from other enterprise systems
Build mobile security services based on MobileIron's rich set of device, behavior, and app compliance data
Create new analytical tools for understanding the real-time activity and service quality experience of end-users
The Mobility API was also designed to ensure that partners can add additional services they may need in the future, such as telecom expense management, location-based applications, and business intelligence, effectively future-proofing their MobileIron investment.
"The MobileIron Mobility API allowed us to significantly extend our solution suite to encompass Mobile Device Management (MDM) in a timely and economical manner. This allowed us to extend our value proposition with very little resource investment," said Larry Foster, President of PINNACLE. "MobileIron has been a great collaboration partner who is willing to work together to innovate new solutions. When we looked at the alternatives, including internal development, we resolved that MobileIron was the clear choice to help us create and sustain leading MDM capabilities."
"The channel has always been a key component of our business strategy and, as our partners have recognized the size of the opportunity, we've seen a huge increase in demand," Tinker continued. "In release 3.0 we focused on building features to help our partners create new services to meet the needs of their customers."
MobileIron 3.0 also features:
BlackBerry Enterprise Server integration for zero-touch client deployment as well as the ability to distribute BES policies and service books and remotely lock and wipe devices
New end-user controls that balance security and privacy; for example, an end-user can use remote GPS through MobileIron to find a lost phone, but IT can only access approximate location
Enhanced workflow with policy prioritization as well as a closed loop policy for provisioning and reporting