Mobile Automation Inc. next week will continue its advance on enterprise desktop deployments with a new release of its Mobile Lifecycle Management Suite.
The six-year-old firm, which began with a mission to provide scaleable, easy-to-use tools to manage mobile computers including laptops and handhelds, added features in release 5.2 of its Mobile Automation Suite to serve large enterprises.
Included in the new release is a new reporting add-on, dubbed Mobile Reporting Manager, a Web-based dynamic reporting system that includes 50 sample reports, such as which machines are ready for a Windows XP to Windows 2000 migration or which machines are vulnerable to a certain worm. Reports, created using eXtensible Markup Language, include a variety of graphics.
Other large enterprise-focused enhancements include full integration with Microsofts Active Directory, providing fully integrated views of Active Directory tree structures, as well as Wake-On-LAN support.
As more and more information workers go mobile, the need for scaleable administration of laptops and handheld devices is growing. Mobile Automation hopes to steal a march on enterprise-oriented desktop administration tools such as Novell Inc.s Zenworks or Microsofts Systems Management Server with its suite, that to date has scaled to support as many as 25,000 seats, according to Douglas Neal, president and CEO of the firm in Westlake Village, Calif.
"Players in this (mobile management) space are not scaleable. LAN management players have been very scaleable, and they are moving to support mobile, but not in a scaleable way," said Neal. "This is the first enterprise-scale mobile management from a single repository infrastructure with a quick-to-deploy solution," he claimed.