Tools to tame disruptive technologies
By Cat Yong
CIOs are expected to deploy 25 new mobile apps in the next two years, according to a McKinsey study, that was referred to during CA Technologies’ CA Expo ’13 in Kuala Lumpur.
This simple revelation points to two things that during this year’s edition of CA Technologies’ annual event, senior execs were addressing, again and again: 1) IT environments are getting very complex and 2) the CIO role has to evolve to better approach it.
In the span of just two years from 2011 to 2013, the percentage of CIOs that report directly to the CEO, 36% has significantly increased to 71%, as a result.
Trevor Bunker, CA’s Senior Vice President of Global Presales described it as, “CIOs used to be the gatekeepers for all IT, but cloud, software as a service and consumerisation of IT has changed this. CIOs now are sourcing and delivering function, instead of just providing IT.”
CA also identified disruptive technologies like cloud, mobile social and big data as having the biggest impact upon IT environments and upon areas like DevOps, enterprise mobility, analytics and cloud computing.
CA’s Senior Director for Asia South, Chua I-Pin also shared results of the CA Technologies’ Channel Index 2013 and shared that Malaysia is all ready to get into digital innovation.
|(L-R) Trevor Bunker and Chua I-Pin|
“In fact, a CIO cannot afford to think about it and CA’s partners in APJ say that 33% of their time is spent helping customers innovate rather than just keep the lights on.”
Diving into mobility
More specifically in the area of enterprise mobility, CA introduced a holistic enterprise mobility solutions and strategy which covered the availability of a CA Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, mobile application acceleration capabilities as well as transformation of existing technology to support enterprise mobility and mobilise CA’s enterprise solutions.
Bunker explained, “CA is in the best position to help customers end-to-end across mobility.” He pointed out that most other vendors’ solutions only touch devices when, “…an enterprise mobility solution should be also about building applications, managing content and managing business services on mobile.”
There are more enterprise mobility solutions in the pipeline from CA which aim to overall provide necessary visibility and management tools for a wide variety of mobiles, as well as robust self-service capability.
“Your work and personal information can finally be on the same device, and the device can be in compliance with CA policies in 90 seconds,” said Bunker.
CA MDM can transform a device from unmanaged to managed, and it comes with a self-service portal that streamlines enrollment and provisioning; provides the ability to remotely lock and selectively wipe a lost device; remove enterprise controls; and deprovision workers’ devices when they leave the workplace.
Best of all, the solution does not “take over” a device like some other MDM solutions are wont to do and provides ‘just enough’ management.
“CA will continue to add mobile enablement all across our products,” said Bunker.
Some efforts in this area include seamlessly integrating across backend systems, as well as beefing up security and access management capabilities via the acquisition of Layer 7 Technologies, last April, to accelerate mobile application development and delivery, and secure and govern API usage.