New UK-based mobile enterprise application developer Azurati is introducing itself to the market with SharePoint2Go, a solution designed to provide secure mobile SharePoint access via any smartphone or tablet. Azurati is positioning the cloud-based SaaS solution as a means of ensuring secure mobile SharePoint usage in a BYOD (bring your own device) environment.

Multiple Authentication Options, But No User Names

SharePoint2Go combines multiple user authentication options, including smart card and two-factor authentication, with 256-bit SSL encryption, and stores no content or data on a mobile device. However, user names and passwords are not required.

Azurati says SharePoint2Go supports any iOS, Android, WindowsPhone or Blackberry device and can be deployed without going to an app store. The solution is developed on web and mobile technologies including HTML5 and JavaScript, and can be deployed to single or multiple users. Azurati provides SharePoint2Go with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform as a back-end infrastructure.

Developers Ease Access to SharePoint

Azurati is the latest in a long line of application developers offering solutions to make SharePoint functionality more easily available. Earlier this month, social software provider released for iPad, a solution designed to allow users to gain access to and edit SharePoint documents within the environment on the iPad.

And in February 2012, enterprise business social solutions vendor NewsGator started offering the Kontiki Enterprise Video Platform (EVP) in SharePoint 2010. This integration enables enterprise video viewing, management and sharing of videos in SharePoint. As CMSWire pointed out at the time, SharePoint has planned its development this way, focusing on major platform upgrades and letting third-party developers offer additional features and functions.

Addressing BYOD Worries

In addition to addressing a need in the SharePoint marketplace for additional enterprise functionality, Azurati is also addressing widespread concerns about security issues posed by the increasingly popular BYOD trend. In March 2012, CMSWire reported on two Harris Interactive surveys indicating many employees are willing to take risks with sensitive workplace documents and data.

For example, 90% of US adults believe people remove confidential documents from the workplace, and 68% of millennials (age 18-34) think it is acceptable to do so. And around the globe, 68% of people use email to send and exchange large files and sensitive data, even though most indicate they are aware of email’s security flaws.

Combine the commonplace removal and transmittal of corporate data with the openness of SharePoint and hard-to-regulate convenience of employee-owned mobile devices, and you get a recipe for both efficiency and disaster. Azurati is trying to maximize the former and minimize the latter with its new mobile SharePoint application.