MobileIron thinks IT admins should get in on “mobile first” too

MobileIron announced its summer 2014 product update today, and this time around the new features are mostly oriented towards enterprise IT. I'm not going to go through the whole laundry list of everything in the announcement, but there a few parts that merit special attention.

MobileIron announced its summer 2014 product update today, and this time around the new features are mostly oriented towards enterprise IT. I’m not going to go through the whole laundry list of everything in the announcement, but there a few parts that merit special attention. At the top of the list is Insight, a brand new app for IT admins.

Insight is a tablet-orient mobile app version of the standard MobileIron management console. MobileIron has always been enthusiastic about the “mobile first” concept, so it’s only natural that they’d build an IT-facing app. Naturally it doesn’t have all the same features as the full console (though you could always just get them through a mobile browser), but it can do the basics of searching through devices and users in an environment, see devices that are out of compliance, look up device information, update policies, and send some basic management commands. The app is available for iPad and Android tablets for now, but MobileIron working on phone versions (which I think would be more useful).

The other significant part of this update is Spaces, a new administration delegation framework. Essentially, Spaces is provides more sophisticated ways of creating administrator roles and determining what administrators can and can’t do to groups of devices. Just about any attribute in the management console can be used to create a “space”—think location, user group, device attributes, business unit, device ownership, etc. You can overly multiple spaces, assign priority levels, and define what tasks and levels of access different types of administrators can have.

Besides Insight and Spaces, there are other updates with regard to Sentry (MobileIron’s VPN product), Windows Phone 8.1 support, PhoneGap support in AppConnect, and more.

One other item to note is that MobileIron has announced that AppConnect, their mobile app management framework, now supports Samsung Knox 2.0. You might be thinking “Wait, I thought Knox had OS-based MAM built in, so why would I then need to use AppConnect?” The answer is that in this scenario you likely wouldn't be using all of Knox's app management features. You'd be using AppConnect for MAM, but the difference is that now those AppConnect apps would be able to take advantage of the fact that Knox 2.0 devices are based the Security Enhancement for Android.

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