Weekly Enterprise Mobility Wrap-up: Feb 22-26

StreetInsider.com: Microsoft acquires Xamarin

The big news of the week? Microsoft buys app development platform Xamarin, in another show of their desire to gain a foothold in the mobile enterprise market. Also, EMM vendors are teaming up to assist app developers in creating secure apps using OS-level tools.

Microsoft (MSFT) to Acquire Mobile App Development Platform Provider Xamarin
Since mobile app developers are driving innovation in many ways in the enterprise software space, Microsoft has recognized this and thus has acquired app development platform Xamarin.

Mobile management companies team up to boost developers, and themselves
Enterprise Mobile Management vendors are teaming up to work with mobile app developers to make use of OS-level tools for security and app management. EMM SDK’s aren’t going anywhere for the time being, as they are still the best way to enable app and device management, but this is a new way to provide some basic functionality for mobile app developers.

The CIO view of enterprise mobile: More mature, but more challenges
While enterprise mobility is certainly growing and has lots of potential, companies still face many challenges when it comes to mitigating risks and keeping workers happy.

Enterprises have no protection against mobile malware
Despite the desire to use mobile in our everyday work processes, there are still inherent risks to using mobile that organizations face. Non-compliant devices especially present issues, as they are at the greatest risk to introducing malware into an enterprise system.

Global BYOD & Enterprise Mobility Market projected to reach $360 Billion by 2020
No surprises here: year after year we see that BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is consistently growing. The market here shows that the need for enterprise apps and management solutions will also in turn ramp up.

Enterprise use of hybrid tablets growing fast
With richer features and more solid hardware, tablets are rapidly gaining ground in a market once only comprised of laptops. So are laptops on their way out then? As workers desire to be more mobile, having an easy-to-carry device that’s robust enough to perform the functions of their job may shift things away from a laptop.

Jenny Blumberg, Mobile Solutions Manager

In Jenny's years at Sitrion she has supported many products including Glassboard, widgets, various RSS readers, and the Sitrion Social mobile apps. When she’s not conquering enterprise mobile challenges, she’s snowboarding, cooking, or camping in beautiful Colorado.


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