A Few Reasons Why VMware bought AirWatch

It’s still early but 2014 is shaping up to be highlighted by M&A activity. The VMware/AirWatch marriage is the latest example.

So why was VMware willing to spend $1.5+ billion for an MDM leader? The easy answer is that the world is going mobile – new application development is focused on mobile or web applications alone while PCs are moving closer to mainframe status. AirWatch immediately bolsters VMware’s play for endpoint computing as well with mobile complementing virtual desktop technology.

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What I’m Learning about Mobile Computing Security Best Practices

When I started my career at EMC in 1987, the company ran the business on Prime Computers. I was able to convince my boss that I could improve the quality and efficiency of our group’s business reports with a PC, so the company purchased a Macintosh computer and printer for me to use. This may have made me the first PC user in EMC history, though I can’t be sure.

I’ve had PCs at every job since, but it wasn’t until the mid-to-late 1990s that any of these machines had any security software installed on them. In fact, I think it was the rise of spyware that drove the deployment of security software somewhere around 1999.

Topics: End-User Computing MDM Information and Risk Management mobile Security and Privacy Security endpoint security Good Technology MobileIron Zenprise mobile security

Beyond Basic Mobile Management

In 2010, ESG Research asked 174 enterprise IT professionals whether their organizations were developing or planned to develop their own mobile applications. The findings were as follows:

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