CA develops enterprise smartphone management
Friday, 19 October 2007, 07:00 Hrs
Hyderabad: The India Technology Centre (ITC) of Computer Associates (CA) has developed a mobile device management (MDM) product, which can manage an entire corporate mobile infrastructure from a single consol. MDM will provide large organisations with enterprise-level device management tools for the most popular smartphone platforms from companies such as Microsoft, RIM and Symbian. Designed and developed entirely at ITC here, the product is scheduled for release next month. The product, which has already been deployed at four active beta customer sites in the US, can manage different devices with different configurations. It provides over-the-air management, device-independent consolidated asset inventory, configuration management, policy compliance and security management. Underlining the significant usages of the product, Sridhar Parmili, vice- president, development, CA ITC, told newsmen here that in the event of an employee of an enterprise losing his mobile device, the MDM can be used to lock the device to prevent the misuse of the data by the intruder. The product can also wipe out data if the mobile device cannot be recovered. The ITC started working on the product in 2005 and designed and developed it in 18 months. It was recently demonstrated at CA World in Las Vegas. Based on the CA enterprise IT management (EITM) modular architecture, the product is integrated into CA's business service organisation and eTrust products or can operate as a standalone management product for smartphones. Smartphones are the convergence of mobile computers and cell phones. As a result, they have management and security challenges of both computing technology and cellular telephony. Enterprises will need to manage smartphones of different platforms across a number of different mobile operators. MDM was one of the two products showcased by ITC at the inauguration of the new campus, the largest development facility of CA in the world, by its president and CEO John Swainson. The other product, CA cohesion application configuration manager (ACM) automates configuration management across dynamic, distributed application infrastructures. It detects application configuration drifts and changes that can adversely affect the availability, performance and security of applications of large enterprises. Swainson said ITC was critical to CA's global development strategy and was working on some of most important products and solutions. The products are part of CA's ETIM vision of how companies can unify and simplify IT management for greater business results. Through EITM, the companies can govern, manage and secure large, complex, heterogeneous IT infrastructure efficiently.