Next generation mobile security

Mobility, or enterprise mobile management (EMM) is pervading the work place and different businesses in big and significant ways. According to Mobile Iron CEO Bob Tinker, there is rapid growth in use of mobile apps in industries like pharmaceutical, government, financial service institution (FSI), retail and more.

Mobile Iron provides security and management for enterprise apps on devices across all major operating systems, said Tinker.

This is particularly useful as the CEO also observes that mobile is becoming a full productivity platform for enterprises, with increasing adoption of mobile applications in the workplace to help companies transform business processes, improve productivity and increase competitiveness.

He also added, “Customers have the opportunity now to transform their business.”

(L-R): Bob Tinker and Jonathan Andresen

(L-R): Bob Tinker and APAC Director of Marketing and Product, Jonathan Andresen

Vision of the (not so distant) future

Tinker opined that legacy, PC-oriented companies are fading into retirement, carving themselves up to be bought by private equity firms or closing down.

“Next-generation IT companies are being born and MobileIron is the next-generation security for them.”

Case in point is that Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and even Microsoft’s Windows 10, are all seeing tremendous growth. Tinker also tapped into his vast knowledge and unique perspective of the market to share that enterprises are moving off the beleaguered Blackberry platform, and moving towards iOS and Android.

“We see less and less of Blackberry, every year,” he said adding that Google’s Android operating system is seeing increased adoption in the workplace.

“In Mountain View, California, we are located equal distance from Apple and Google – 7 kilometers each. It is our intention to collaborate closely with both of them,” he pointed out.

Windows 10

Tinker sees Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 10’s, potential as a tablet, mobile and desktop. It is precisely because this operating system is used across these devices that it has propensity to really scale up.

“You’d want to build for a platform that has growth,” he said, further explaining that it would be a while before customers completely decommission laptops.

“But, it is just a form factor, not an architecture – a device with bigger battery and screen, and applications are increasingly being built to be independent of architecture, and increasingly to be based on the operating system.”

He observed that there is significant interest in Windows 10 from large enterprises, particularly for tablets. “The thing is it plugs into an EMM environment security and management. The days of the domain-joined laptop are over.”

This means that these tablets (and potentially Windows 10-based desktops) become just one more device for MobileIron to manage, along with content, data and apps.

“This creates a market expansion opportunity for MobileIron,” said the CEO.

Asia is a very important market for Mobile Iron, and Tinker concluded, “We have teams selling and supporting large enterprises. Many of the large manufacturing, FSI and government customers are Mobile Iron’s, and we will continue to invest in acquiring new customers in Asia.”

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