Jack’s Friday EMM notes: September 16, 2016

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility (management) space in the week up to September 16, 2016.

[I’ve done occasional news roundups in the past, but I want to give it another try. I like the idea: I like having it serve as a “notebook” of everything that’s gone on in the week; and I like to believe it would be useful for both EMM customers and industry insiders to catch up on everything that’s going on. I’ve also been inspired by Benedict Evans’s newsletter. Anyway, let me know what you think. Is it useful? Is the scope good? Should this be a feature every Friday, or every other Friday? Should I work with TechTarget to make it an actual email newsletter? Feedback is appreciated!]

News                      

It was iOS 10, watchOS 3, and iPhone 7 week. iOS 10 brought some minor EMM refinements, but really all the big EMM stuff for 2016 happened when iOS 9.3 and Apple School Manager came out earlier this spring. So far there are no reports of iOS 10 issues affecting the enterprise, but remember you can test ahead of time with the public beta (no need to join a developer program). Most EMM vendors issued standard “we support iOS 10, here are the new features” press releases. The new feature that I think has the most potential? CallKit.

Remember Moka5? I liked a lot of their ideas, but unfortunately they ran out of runway. Now the founder, John Whaley, and another Moka5er, Kurt Somerville, have just launched an authentication startup called UnifyID. They use not just one or two factors, but over 100 factors (many derived from sensors on users’ phones and computers) to continually verify user identity. No word on enterprise plans yet, but identity standards should make this easy enough to plug into any other identity platform. They were even the runner up at the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield this week.

Microsoft EMS announced plans to support Android for Work. Finally!

IBM MaaS360 announced plans to be available from more international data centers.

Azure AD will leverage PingAccess to provide SSO and remote access for more types of on-premises apps. Identity is everything—even for all our old, non-standard stuff!

One last bit of Azure AD news—this week some new smarter identity management and security features went GA, including Identity Protection and Privileged Identity Management.

Our EMM Blog posts

I finished up my summer-long series on the State of EMM in 2016, by looking at what’s not yet mature.

In the latest edition of TechTarget’s Modern Mobility ezine, I wrote about how mobile doesn’t just mean small and portable—it’s about all the sensors and data that apps can instantly access.

Thoughts of the week

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few months thinking about Windows 10, unified endpoint management, and workspace management, but this week my mind’s on apps.

I had a good conversation with Sapho, an enterprise micro app platform. I’m not in the best position to evaluate different enterprise app platforms—there are just too many, and there’s such a wide variety of different approaches—but I really liked what I heard and saw from Sapho. It has lots of connectors for integrating existing data sources, a codeless app builder, and lots of ways to do the client. Check out their well-laid out architecture page. Overall, I think it's great that we have options like this.

Next, I had an update with Apperian. I like talking to them because we get to talk about companies that are using lots of apps. Their customers have an average of 35 mobile apps, and some have over 100—it’s really exciting to see companies that are getting to that place.

Lastly, on a personal note, I’ll mention that iOS 10 is doing pretty much fine on my iPhone 6 (the battery might be draining a bit faster, but it’s hard to know whether or not that’s just in my mind). Most of the new features are pretty cool—I’ve especially enjoyed playing around with the photos app. However, the real star this week has been watchOS 3. It takes the Apple Watch from being “cool, I guess” to “wow, this is awesome.” With watchOS 3 and GPS in the Series 2 hardware, this thing has really arrived.

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