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Many organisations struggle to define mobile work/play boundaries

Ellen Messmer | Nov. 22, 2013
Organisations who feel the need to control apps should consider how their actions will impact the user experience.

"The list is in no way comprehensive," Braunberg acknowledges, noting there are several more in the MDM/MAM software market today. But each in the NSS Labs report "introduce trade-offs in usability and app development overhead" that NSS Labs says should be carefully considered before jumping in.

The report notes that some vendor offerings are "offered only through service provider or device manufacturer channel relationships," the NSS Labs report points out. "Within the United States, both AT&T and Verizon have been actively working to deliver secure workspace services. AT&T is currently partnered with Enterproid and OpenPeak, while Verizon is currently partnered with Enterproid and VMware."

Braunberg says the "main questions that any organization needing to control apps should be asking are: How will it impact the user experience? What's the impact on the development community?" To build certain kinds of "hardened apps," for example, that use code libraries for encryption authentication and VPNs, he points out, might mean a major commitment of development time and money.


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