With everyone bringing a mobile device of choice to work, mobile management has become critically important. This week, Citrix is out with the latest version of its enterprise mobile device management suite, XenMobile. It features several time-saving functions.

XenMobile MDM provides a unified, role-based management of mobile devices, apps and data with integrated email, browser and data sharing. It also offers Citrix’ Worx Mobile Apps, which Citrix says is the industry's largest collection of business-specific apps, including WorxMail for email, calendars and contacts, WorxWeb for Net and Intranet access and ShareFile for file synching and sharing. 

Joining GoToMeeting

In August, Citrix launched its Worx App Gallery with more than a hundred apps for iOS or Android devices. XenMobile was released in February, a repackaging of Zenprise, which Citrix bought late last year. The acquisition enabled the company to add mobile device management to its solutions for managing mobile apps and data.

Version 8.6 includes the ability to Fast Join a meeting using Citrix’ GoToMeeting. Users no longer need to enter passcodes because autodialing now includes the conference phone number and passcode, which, as XenMobile Director of Product Marketing Chandra Sekar pointed out to, means that you don’t have to hunt for that passcode in your email. GoToMeeting has also been integrated into Calendar for direct launching into a meeting.

There is also faster authentication for getting access to work apps through a simple PIN. The username and password have been encapsulated into a digital certificate that can be distributed by an IT department, and the user only needs to enter a PIN to access all work applications.

Single-Step Enrollments

IT departments like to move quickly as well.  The updated XenMobile is designed for single-step device enrollments, auto-configuration of secure email and wizards-based deployment. Sekar said “the number of steps to enroll a device has been reduced to one step plus auto-configuration.” The new version is also designed for fast mobilization of remote offices and onboarding of new business units, and there’s support for Samsung’s KNOX platform and the new MDM APIs for iOS 7 and Amazon.

Accompanying the new version 8.6, Citrix released the results of a global survey it had commissioned that showed more than half of large enterprises lack a formal mobile strategy. The top three barriers to mobile initiatives, according to the report, are lack of security controls, unfit legacy systems and problems supporting multiple operating systems.