Mobile device management vendors unveil a slate of new tools

Blue Coat, Brainshark, Good, IBM, and Zenprise target content management and filtering

IBM, Good Technology, and several other mobile device and app management software vendors today separately announced a variety of new or enhanced products. The announcements primarily focus on providing tools and services to help IT shops manage the continuing flood of consumer smartphones and tablets inside corporate networks, as well as the corporate applications that run on them or can be accessed in the cloud.

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Blue Coat

Blue Coat  unveiled the Mobile Device Security (MDS) service for iOS devices. The service, available this month, operates in the Blue Coat Cloud Service and offers IT granular control of mobile apps as well as applications that run over mobile browsers to prevent inadvertent loss of sensitive data.

MDS is powered by Blue Coat's own Webpulse technology, which the company describes as a "collaborative defense in the cloud with 75 million users." Webpulse is essentially a type of URL filter that helps prevent enterprise access to Web-based threats or content, such as porn. It takes advantage of what other users have found objectionable or in need of blocking. Pricing was not announced.

Good Technology

Good is partnering with BoxTone to offer mobile device and application management. The Enterprise Mobility Management system will make it possible to more quickly and safely deploy large numbers of devices, claims Good. The system will also offer security, management, and monitoring for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets as well as the apps running on them. Pricing was not announced.


IBM on Friday announced the new Mobile Development Lifecycle Solution to support rapid mobile app development across mobile platforms, allowing development teams to better collaborate. Based on initial usage, IBM claims the development tools improve delivery time by 25 percent, reduce the cost of app development, and reduce defects in apps by 20 percent. Pricing was not announced.

IBM also announced a new service to help customers plan and strategize on mobile instrastructure deployments.

Two weeks ago, IBM announced the new Security Access Manager tool for mobile and cloud environments. It provides federated single sign-on, user authentication, and risk scoring for remote access based on a user's location, device, and access pattern to help stop users from inadvertently exposing sensitive corporate data to unsafe environments.


Zenprise announced an update of Zenprise MobileManager 8.0 with Zensuite to secure and manage content across email, apps, and intranets. Zenprise said the new product will let mobile users view encrypted attachments in email in a protected app to keep sensitive data from leaking out. IT is also allowed to selectively wipe cached intranet data found on mobile devices. In other cases, the tool can be used to block users from removing data from a protected mobile app. Pricing was not announced.


Brainshark announced an integration of its SlideShare product with EMC's Syncplicity for expanded access to PowerPoint presentations stored in the cloud and shareable on iPads and iPhones. SlideShark is free in the App Store and has been integrated with Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

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