iOS 7 finally brings Apple devices to the enterprise: Good Technology

iOS 7 finally brings Apple devices to the enterprise: Good Technology

Mobile security vendor sees the introduction of Apple’s new firmware as a step forward in security

iOS 7 is a recognition that the device has moved from the consumer side into enterprise, according to Good Technology A/NZ general manager and sales VP, Gavin Jones.

Apple’s latest firmware for its supported mobile devices not only comes with a new graphical interface, but also with tweaks under the hood.

Jones said there are a number of features released with iOS 7 that recognise the security and management capability that is required from a enterprise platform.

“It has allows us to increase the capability that we have,” he said.

“Many of the limitations that we were constrained around were the ones that were not available on the iOS platform, which have now been addressed and made available and made available with version 7.”

While Jones had seen many of those capabilities already available on Google’s competing mobile platform, Android, he said they are now available to Apple devices with the introduction of iOS 7.

Email pushed around

From a security perspective, Jones said there are numerous additions to iOS 7 that made the platform more secure and appropriate for businesses.

Open in Management capability has been made more robust, as well as enterprise single sign-on and the third party application data protection, which Jones said are “good steps forward.”

“We’ve had push email since Good Technology’s inception a decade ago, but that was not a capability that Apple offered third party vendors,” he said.

Jones describes the inability to have that background synchronisation of email as “frustrating,” but is pleased that it is now available with iOS 7.

“We certainly welcome that, and so will our customers around providing that capability on our platform,” he said.

Leading up to the launch of iOS 7, Good Technology ensured its entire suite of applications, including Good for Enterprise, Good Connect and Good Share, were compatible with the firmware the day it was released.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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