Dismissing the current crop of mobile device management (MDM) vendors as mostly a bunch of small-time, enterprise-class wannabes, CA Technologies has partnered with SAP, licensed its Afaria platform, and announced that it will become a dominant enabler of enterprise mobility. To be delivered as both a software-as-a-service model and an on-premise solution, CA Mobile Device Management (CA MDM) secures and manages mobile users, devices, applications and content (data), said the software giant. It improves productivity by enabling a BYOD strategy, provides a simple, intuitive and self-service enterprise app store, and also automates IT management with real-time insight into mobile device status and usage, along with automated device enrollment, configuration and decommissioning.
Smart devices – smartphones and tablets – accounted for approximately70% of total devices sold in 2012, and should pass the billion mark in 2013, according to Gartner. The MDM enterprise software solutions market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 31.43% over the period 2011-2015. The dominant players are Mobilelron, AirWatch, Fiberlink Communication, Zenprise, and Good Technology, with other vendors including SAP, HP, Symantec, Soti and F5 Networks. All told, MDM vendors generated about $300 million in revenue in 2010, but that figure will quadruple by 2015 to $1.2 billion, said IDC. And in the next five years, 65% of firms will adopt an MDM solution.
So the timing couldn’t be better, said CA. SAP was the best-in-class MDM solution, with the largest installed base, it said, and ‘couldn’t have bought a better solution.’ You can go from an unmanaged device to a managed device in 90 seconds.
There are maybe a million or so mobile devices under management, “but there are more than a billion phones in the enterprise, so we’re not even at first base,” said SAP’s Sanjay Poonen, president of Technology Solutions and head of the Mobile Division. “This space won’t be dominated by small start-ups.”
Afaria, which was acquired from Sybase by SAP in 2010, started life 15 years ago as SessionXpress to help system administrators remotely manage client systems, including disks, files and sessions. The newest version, 7.2, was released at the end of 2012.
In addition to the SAP/Afaria announcement, CA also announced it has acquired API management and security vendor Layer 7 Technologies. This will enable secure Mobile Application Acceleration and access by integrating and managing mobility initiatives across backend systems, security and infrastructure.
“There are billions of API calls a day and that number is going to increase with the proliferation of smart devices, ranging from vehicles, meters, TVs and other devices, as they start interacting over APIs,” said Mike Denning, CA Technologies’ security general manager. Without API security and management, thousands of business services are vulnerable to disruption.”