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Mobile Security Updates from SAPPHIRE 2013

by Kevin Benedict

May 16, 2013

Yesterday at SAPPHIRE 2013 the SAP mobility team announced a new SAP Afaria in the Cloud edition that will be available for approximately $1.12 per month per device (read press release).  Some vendors charge by user, rather than by device, but SAP says they want to know exactly how many devices they are managing. 

Sanjay Poonen said the cloud is the direction MDM is going.  In fact, the cloud model can be updated and upgraded much faster than the on-premise version of Afaria.  I believe this.  We don't expect to buy a separate security model to speak on our phones, likewise, we ultimately want all mobile voice and data security to simply be part of the network.

In addition to the cloud edition of SAP Afaria, SAP announced a partnership with MAM (mobile application management) company Mocana (read press release).  I was told by several SAP folks that MDM (mobile device management) is quickly becoming a commodity, and the future will be in mobile application management.  Mocana, is not an exclusive partner of SAP, but SAP will be putting significant resources behind this relationship.

I asked an SAP representative why they didn't simply acquire Mocana?  The unofficial answer was we are not certain which mobile application management and MDM model will ultimately win.  We are happy to partner with leaders and observe how the market matures.  This again, points to the value of using a cloud solution when the future direction of the product category is unclear.  Why place big bets on such a dynamic space, when cloud options are available?


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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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