April 05, 2011 // By: Heather McIlvaine // Mighty Mobility
When it comes to mobile security, CIOs are mostly worried about the interception of data in transit and the retrieval of information from a lost or stolen phone. Joe Owen, Vice President of Engineering at Sybase, an SAP company, defines four mobile security must-haves that will allay CIOs fears:
Companies can fulfill these security requirements with a mobile enterprise application platform, or MEAP. In fact, a MEAP will help companies address most of the mobility concerns we outlined on the previous page.
A mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) provides a unified platform for organizations to develop, deploy, and manage applications within an enterprise. MEAPs are device agnostic and can support various mobile platforms. The platform also makes use of standard development tools, so organizations can easily develop and customize their own applications. Companies are able to write an application once and run it on various devices. These features produce a lower total cost of ownership per mobile employee. Security concerns are also addressed: a MEAP allows organizations to remove data from a lost or stolen device remotely.
Gartner predicts that by the end of 2012, “95% of organizations will be choosing MEAP or packaged mobile application vendors as their primary mobile development platforms.”
One such mobile development platform is the Sybase Unwired Platform. The Sybase Unwired Platform offers all of the functionality described above and can be integrated with Afaria, Sybase’s device management and security solution. Keep an eye out for an upcoming SAP.info article on these Sybase offerings.
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