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    Symantec today announced that it is pulling together various investments in mobile computing to create Symantec Mobility: Suite, a collection of offerings that address mobile device and application management along with security.

    Cheryl Tang, senior principal product manager for enterprise mobility at Symantec, says that by coupling the recent acquisitions of Nukona, Odyssey and NitroDesk with existing investments in security and its Altiris line of systems management software, Symantec is now able to offer a suite of mobile computing products that collectively address enterprise mobility management (EMM) requirements.

    Rather than address mobile device and application management apart from security, Tang says it’s clear that security is now table stakes for any mobile computing strategy in the enterprise. To that end, Symantec is now extending its portfolio of mobile security products to include mobile device management and application security software that IT organizations can deploy on premise or in the cloud.

    Symantec Mobile Management Suite

    Included with Symantec Mobility: Suite is a unified console and a WorkHub application that makes it simpler for end users to manage access to other applications, which is an area that Tang says Symantec plans to continue investing in going forward. In addition, Tang says that Symantec plans to more tightly integrate Symantec Mobility: Suite with the company’s data loss prevention (DLP) and identity management software.

    The rapid adoption of mobile computing across the enterprise caught many enterprise IT organizations by surprise, often resulting in a patchwork of management tools that are not particularly well integrated with anything else. While it’s clear that integration is still a work in progress across the Symantec portfolio of mobile management offerings, the company has clearly spent a lot of time and effort assembling all the components necessary to build an EMM offering designed to deliver mobile management and security via one common platform.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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