Smartphones have been overrunning many small and medium businesses. Companies like the productivity functions that the devices offer but are not as content with their management functions. HP is working with cellular carriers to try and fill that void.
Smartphones have been overrunning many small and medium businesses. Companies like the productivity functions that the devices offer but are not as content with their management functions. HP is working with cellular carriers to try and fill that void.The company announced HP Cloud Services Enablement for Device Management as a Service (HP CSE for DMaaS - now that is quite the mouthful, isn't it?), which is designed to help businesses manage employee smartphones, laptops and mobile devices. Through a secure, customizable web portal, IT staff can use cloud based services to manage mobile devices. They can configure devices, distribute applications, diagnose problems, enforce security policies and back-up and restore data.
The core of the HP solution is provided by Mformation Technologies Inc., which provides management software to more than 40 communications services providers. HP has a reselling agreement with the firm and now developed a version of the software that works with HP's cloud architecture, HP Aggregation Plaform for SaaS.
While businesses see a need for such tools, a number of steps need to take place before they can take advantage of them. HP has to convince various carriers to use its service. The carriers will then to deploy, price and package their management services. Customers will then need to check to see if the HP based service works with their mobile devices.
HP has hit upon a hot area. Mobile devices are becoming as common as PCs and laptops in many companies. However, often they do not have a good handle on how employees are using the devices, so a cloud based management service may prove to be beneficial. However, a lot of groundwork needs to be put in place before small and medium businesses will find services that meet their needs
IT's Reputation: What the Data SaysInformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.