MobileIron is announcing a round of Android updates today. Not only are they filling in a few small gaps in their product range, like many other MDM vendors MobileIron is also signaling that they’re ready and able to fulfill enterprise mobility needs as BlackBerry continues to struggle. Here’s some of what’s new today:
First off, MobileIron is announcing a partnership with Enterproid Divide (which is now doing business simply as "Divide") to provide an Android email app that’s fully integrated into AppConnect, their mobile app management framework. MobileIron has other email app partners, including Nitrodesk Touchdown. The difference with Divide is that the UI is based on the native built-in email, contact, and calendar apps, instead of creating new ones from scratch.
On a related note, MobileIron is also announcing that IBM Notes Traveler for Android is now available with MobileIron AppConnect integration, so now Notes users can get in on the mobile app management scene, too.
On the security front, MobileIron is announcing that their Android MAM products in general have now received third-party FIPS 140-2 accreditation, allowing more government agencies to be able to choose them.
Lastly, Samsung KNOX support is now available in production from MobileIron.
Taken together, these announcements show that there are many different options for Android in the enterprise.
It’s interesting to note that even though Android has such a huge market share worldwide, all the evidence still suggests that enterprise adoption in the US is still tiny. Of course if you’re an IT admin that needs to accommodate BYOD, you can’t just ignore the small number of Android users, so it’s good that you have all these options.
Another important point is that every new EMM feature means that there are more scenarios where Android is a viable enterprise choice. One of those scenarios happens to be migrating off of BlackBerry and BES. MobileIron (and many other EMM vendors) have been marketing heavily around this recently, helped out by a report from Gartner suggesting that companies should form plans to find BlackBerry alternatives.
What do you think? Do any of these features mean that you can support Android in situations where you couldn’t before? If not, what’s holding you back?