T-Mobile Adds More MDM to Its Business Case

T-Mobile is adding to its enterprise offering with the addition of SOTI's MobiControl mobile device management (MDM) platform.

The carrier has been stepping up its presence in the enterprise of late, playing up its "uncarrier"-like value and creating a robust offering through partnerships. The latest has it introducing MDM vendor SOTI's fully managed, cloud-based platform into its enterprise portfolio. (See T-Mobile Takes 'Uncarrier' Attitude to Work.)

All the major carriers are putting a lot of emphasis on enterprise wins. Most, including AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint, offer a mix of on-premise or cloud-based options, branded and through partners.

T-Mobile says it's going the cloud route to appeal to businesses that want to cut costs and complexity, including those without IT departments to support them. It also works with MobileIron on MDM, as does AT&T and Verizon.

The carrier's goal is to have an option for enterprises whether they want to implement mobile device and app management policies through their IT department, hosted on premise or entirely hosted and managed by the carrier, Marc Rohleder, T-Mobile director of solutions sales engineering, told Light Reading in a CTIA interview.

"Everyone wants to talk about MDM, but for us it's about mobility platforms and having foundations that services can be scaled on," he said. "Businesses oftentimes do not want to be in the day-to-day management of services as they can be a resource drain. That's where we go in and access the landscape and where they want to be and aligning it with the right solutions."

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor,Light Reading

AG4IT 7/2/2013 | 12:39:33 PM
re: T-Mobile Adds More MDM to Its Business Case MDM is only one side of BYOD management. But what about helping IT staff support a wide range of devices, or ensuring that employees can connect to their work applications?

What's needed is a way to deliver applications to all types of devices while minimizing hassles for IT. For example, Ericom's AccessNow HTML5 RDP client enables remote users to securely connect from iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Chromebooks and more traditional laptops and PCs to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their applications and desktops in a browser. AccessNow doesn't require any software installation on the end user device GĒō just an HTML5 browser, connection and login credentials. An employee that brings in their own device merely opens their HTML5-compatible browser and connects to the URL given them by the IT admin.

Visit http://www.ericom.com/BYOD_Wor... for more info.

Please note that I work for Ericom
JVerity 7/1/2013 | 12:59:33 AM
re: T-Mobile Adds More MDM to Its Business Case My vote is with T-Mobile; I think they "get" the enterprise in a way that others do not.
Sarah Thomas 6/4/2013 | 12:28:13 PM
re: T-Mobile Adds More MDM to Its Business Case In other interesting enterprise news today, AT&T has teamed with IBM to offer enterprise app testing, so developers can build apps that are more efficient, take up less battery life and are more network-friendly. It's smart of the operator to reach out to developers in this way. They likely won't think about the network implications of their apps on their own.

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