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October 21, 2013

FrontRange Turns Up the HEAT with Enterprise Mobility Management Offering

FrontRange is extending its expertise in the areas of application, device and service management and support with a new wireless enterprise mobility management service.

Mareike Fondufe, senior product marketing manager, admits the company is a bit late to the mobile device management space, but says FrontRange is uniquely positioned to do the job given its history of doing the same kind of things for wireline networks and devices.

FrontRange’s approach to EMM is also noteworthy, she says, because HEAT Client Management provides users with a single console through which to view and control both wireless and wireline devices and applications. It also offers customers the flexibility to either run the software on premises or have FrontRange host it in the cloud, she says.

In addition to giving customers visibility of their mobile assets, HEAT Client Management offers device lifecycle management; a single tool with which to set, manage and monitor mobile security policy; the ability to troubleshoot employee devices; support for major mobile operating systems, including BlackBerry BES and BIS; remote support; and application and configuration management.

A February study by Forrester notes that the enterprise mobility services space is a competitive one, and lists Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, Infosys, HCL, and Wipro as among just some of the leaders in this growing field.

“The market for mobility services gives buyers literally hundreds of options to consider, from specialist design firms to technology boutiques to large multinationals and telcos,” according to the report. “Because of the rapid shift in enterprise computing to mobile as the new paradigm, every major services provider has made mobility a substantial focus area for investment, with growth rates in the double and triple digits. Providers are rushing to scale their enterprise mobility practices and differentiate on areas such as UI design, innovation, breadth of skills, and depth of resource pool. The market is changing at a fast pace — with providers trying to leapfrog the competition through more transformational engagements and large-scale, enterprise-wide mobility deals.”

Meanwhile, ABI Research last month issued a report that estimates that by the end of this year the mobile security management market – just part of EMM/MDM – will total $560 million, but that it will reach the one billion dollar mark in just two years.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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