This week the mobile enterprise features security for iPhones, an increase in business revenue for the iPhone and financial issues for the mobile web.
Symantec Launches Norton Everywhere Initiative
As a part of its Norton Everywhere initiative, Symantec has introduced a range of new Norton software solutions targeted at mobile devices, including Android and iPhone smart phones as well as the Apple iPad.
This month, the security company rolls out a slew of new features and solutions aimed at making the mobile enterprise more secure. Among the features:
- Norton Smartphone Security Beta for Android will allow users who have lost their devices to remotely lock or wipe data from their phone with a simple text message.
- Norton Connect Beta is a free mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android users that lets them access any files archived with Norton Online Backup or Norton 360. The service will be downloadable from either the Android Market or the iPhone App store.
- Norton DNS Beta uses Domain Name System technology, an application that will let Android users verify the safety of URLs when a user visits the address.
- Norton for Smart Devices strategy works to embed Symantec security into non-PC internet connected devices, such as smart phones as well as televisions, home security systems and digital picture frames.
iPhones Sales Grow Among Business Customers
AT&T announced recently that 40 percent of its iPhone sales since the beginning of the year have been to business customers, indicating that the Blackberry is not the only business mobile device on the market. Additionally, AT&T also noted that it generates almost half of its total revenue from business customers.
With the release of security products like the aforementioned Norton suite for iPhone and other non-blackberry smartphones, enterprise users are no longer limited in their options.
Managing Finances on the Mobile Web
With more and more business and customer solutions making themselves available and compatible with mobile devices, from iPhones to iPads, it’s becoming very easy to complete purchases, most with the click of a button and as a result is changing the way people pay for services and commodities.
Such an increased ease of use has presented a number of benefits as well as challenges for the corporate world, as outlined recently in an article by the Financial Times.
For mobile information workers, being able to complete transactions while on the road is especially convenient. Yet it can be hard for companies to identify, control business expenses and ensure compliance with company business rules. What constitutes a private expenditure from a business one can be tricky, when one phone often fulfills dual purposes.
Companies may be inclined to allocate transactions to the right cost codes and identify private usage, as well as to establish control mechanisms to smooth the transition of the mobile payments model from the consumer to the business arena.
Like most compliance models, unless the technology has been put into place beforehand, the process may not go as smoothly as planned.