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Good Technology is giving businesses an alternative to the patchwork of business and personal apps that have come to define the enterprise mobile experience.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based mobile device management (MDM) specialist today announced the availability of Good Work, a unified, workspace for Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Good Work incorporates email, messaging, calendars and other features that are walled-off from a user's personal apps, extending corporate security to on-the-go productivity.
Good Work integrates the company's app containerization technology, which wraps business data and communications in AES 192-bit encryption. The approach is similar to that of rival solutions like AirWatch Workspace and Samsung KNOX.
Acting independently of the device, information is kept under wraps even if a device's lock code is cracked. Single sign-on authentication support provides streamlined access to secured apps.
The product, available as a cloud-based service or on-premise software, includes built-in email, calendar and Outlook-compatible contacts with online availability indicators. Time-saving features include a launcher for faster app navigation and switching, along with 1-tap quick actions for common tasks like composing an email or scheduling a calendar event.
Good Work also plays well with Microsoft's cloud-enhanced Office ecosystem, asserted Renu Upadhyay, senior product marketing manager of Good Collaboration Suite. "With a fresh modern design, fast performance optimized for mobile interactions and a choice of deployment models, Good Work can be run as a 100 percent cloud solution via the Good Secure Cloud for integration with Microsoft Office 365," she informed in a company blog post.
VIP notifications minimizes career-ruining bouts of obliviousness by surfacing emails from important and high-level contacts. iOS-exclusive contextual file actions allow users to manage documents and files in accordance to the business apps that organizations have deployed into their Good MDM environment.
According to Good Technology's CEO Christy Wyatt, Good Work's user-centric emphasis on mobile work styles is the future of enterprise MDM. The offering, she said, "enables both large and mid-size businesses with an intuitive cloud-based solution, making it simple and affordable to harness the power of secure mobility to drive new business processes," she said in a statement.
The company also used the occasion to announce its new Good Secure Mobile Productivity Suite, a cloud-based suite of curated apps. It includes Good Work, Good Connect instant messaging, Polaris Office and Branchfire iAnnotate.
Good Work for on-premise deployments is available now. The cloud-based version is scheduled to go online later this month.
Good Secure Mobile Productivity Suite is available now at an introductory rate of $10 per user per month for new customers.
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at Datamation. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.
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