Good Technology has been around for over a decade, making it a veteran of the enterprise mobility industry and has thus seen quite a few changes in the use of mobile technology during its history, especially the use of containers for securing mobile apps and data, which Good pioneered.
With this in mind, it is little surprise that Good is one of the vendors in the running for the V3 Technology Awards 2014, where it has been nominated for both the Best Mobile App and Best Mobile Security Product categories.
V3 spoke with Phil Barnett, vice president and general manager for Good Technology in EMEA [pictured left], to get the inside track on what has been happening with enterprise mobility this year and the trends the firm sees developing in the near future.
Barnett said that Good has been consolidating its platform, while at the same time introducing a cloud-based offering and extending its bring your own device (BYOD) capabilities.
"We're moving all of our products over onto Good Dynamics [its app containerisation platform], which makes it easier for us to do code development, which means that the backstop of the portfolio with Good For Enterprise - the email client - we've done a lot to improve presence and simplifying the way it works, and the whole Good Work thing has been a big focus for us, around the user interface and usability," Barnett said.
"The second thing is that we launched our cloud offering. Everything previously was on-premise in terms of the management, but we're now looking at the lower end of the market so that people can come to us and just take a cloud offering that makes it easier."
Barnett said that BYOD is beginning to pick up now, and is maturing as a way for businesses to meet end user computing needs. However, many firms have found that as employees start using mobile apps in earnest, the data usage on their mobile devices is increasing dramatically, and this is causing issues where it is the user's own device.
To address this Good has recently acquired a company called Macheen, which is in "the split billing game", according to Barnett.
"Macheen has come up with something where the bill for enterprise data is separate from the personal usage. In order to do that, you've got to be able to measure who's using what so you can split the bill. This lets you do that, so you can see someone is accessing Salesforce and when," he explained.
However, security remains the number one concern for IT managers, especially with regards to workers accessing company data on mobile devices.
"What we've found over the last year is that, while we have always done well in highly regulated industries, considering the breaches that have happened in the last year, other people like retailers have really started to sit up and pay attention," Barnett said.
Looking ahead, Barnett said he believes that Good Technology could be at the beginning of a major expansion as enterprise mobility really starts to take off.
"By no means are we fully represented in the customers we have, and we have a lot of others that are interested in working with us, so it's just a case of building out the platform, keep adding functionality to it, keep adding partners, and keep doing what we're already doing well," he said.
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