Apple’s release of the iOS-operated iPhone 5 caused a wave of effects which are yet to ebb in the tech world. The newest addition into the fray is the SAP Afaria mobile device management solution, which will immediately give support to the new OS key features and devices.
The creator of the solution, SAP AG, hopes to make a fortune by offering state-of-the-art security services which are no doubt going to be on high demand gauging from the catching popularity of the OS. The early move to secure the niche coupled with the fact that many large organizations recognize the expertise of SAP Afaria will definitely help churn gold out of this venture.
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SAP does away with the technicality of managing and securing critical data and mobile apps on any platform, which is becoming increasingly important as many companies embrace BYOD (bring your own device) policies for cheaper and scalable operations. The SAP Afaria upgrade offers full security and managerial services when upgrading to iOS 6 by exploiting additional security features in the OS like the “Authorize Mode” that allows administrators to pre-load apps through mobile device management (MDM).
Another feature of the iOS 6 supported by SAP Afaria is the “Guided Access” feature. Manipulation of the feature will allow users to lock and load an iOS app by triple clicking on the home button. The activation of the feature allows the device to run a single application with a pass code protection from interference by other functions. Guided Access will also disable touch input on some areas of the screen.
Sanjay Poonen, president, Mobile Division, SAP, feels that “SAP is the unmatched leader in mobilizing the enterprise, and SAP Afaria is the market leader in mobile device management solutions.” He said, "Our heterogeneous position supports any device and embraces the market's newest mobile innovations. As such, SAP is excited to immediately support Apple's new iOS 6. From iPhone 5 to Android and soon to be released Windows Phone 8 devices, enterprises implementing SAP Afaria are future proofing their mobile investment with the most comprehensive and open mobile security and management software in the industry."
The truth-value of Poonen’s statement might stand questionable. What, however, remains solid is the timely move to secure applications running on the iOS 6. More and more pertinent transactions that need tight security will enter the mobile phone world. Being in a trusted position to deliver a solution that encrypts, manages and controls all this traffic is the dream of many software solution providers.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman