Centrify for Mobile, SaaS for 2013 Takes Control of BYOD Management
REVIEW: Centrify aims to ease administrative burdens by bringing policy-based control to a multitude of mobile devices and the applications they run.Centrify is taking on the task of mobile device management with two products that work together, Centrify for Mobile 2013 and BYOA (Bring Your Own Application) with Centrify for SaaS 2013. With these products Centrify brings unified identity management to networks that are supporting multiple mobile devices and applications while providing administrators with a single pane of glass to view the managed devices. The intuitive interface offered by Centrify in these products solves one of the biggest problems facing administrators today: managing multiple devices that are used by different individuals and that may run different operating systems and applications. This is a chore that gets more complicated once mobile users and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives are added to the mix. Taking control of devices for security purposes and to provision or de-provision applications is one of the most important jobs in IT. Nowhere is that more important than with the BYOD initiative that is sweeping across many enterprises, where contrary to traditional IT policies, users are encouraged to use personally owned devices to access corporate resources and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to do their jobs.
While promising enhanced productivity and end-user flexibility, BYOD brings a multitude of challenges to IT administrators, ranging from security concerns to managing application deployments to enforcing appropriate use policies. However, these are far from easy tasks that are further complicated by the fact that organizations increasingly don't own the device or the SaaS applications they use every day.