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Our recent IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study found that a majority of mobile strategy leaders say mobile has fundamentally changed how they do business. However, there are multiple hurdles facing organizations that are in the midst of reinventing their businesses for mobile. These challenges include integrating mobile apps with existing systems; implementing end-to-end mobile security solutions for devices and apps; and quickly reacting to changes in technology and mobile devices.

With Fiberlink, IBM will solve these challenges by extending its IBM MobileFirst solutions with mobile management and security capabilities that span across devices, apps, data and transactions. Leveraging these capabilities, organizations of all sizes can optimize their infrastructure to protect and manage transactions between business and employee, as well as between business and consumer.  Fiberlink will provide three key benefits to mobile enterprises:

  1. Reduce management cost: According to our study, 81% of companies have employee owned devices accessing their networks, but only 48% have a well defined strategy. With unsecure devices accessing corporate data, and the potential cost of lost data, enterprises have to deal with a significant amount of risk. One of the main inhibitors for organizations is the cost associated with deploying an enterprise mobility solution, much of which is incurred from poor tools, knowledge and non-comprehensive solutions from multiple vendors.With Fiberlink, IBM MobileFirst customers will have a single provider to deploy a complete mobile management solution throughout their enterprise.
  2. Improve productivity and employee satisfaction: 78% of mobile leaders vs 44% of all other companies said that increasing the ability of employees to work outside the office was their highest investment priority. Why? 64% of leaders, and 58% of all respondents, said that faster response time to customers was the primary reason for investing in employees’ use of mobile technologies. Thus, using Fiberlink’s technologies not only are employees more effective and satisfied; customers are better served as a result.
  3. Improve security compliance and reduce risk: Mobile environments present new security challenges for the IT network, data, and applications. Over 80 percent of mobile strategy leaders indicated they were effective in addressing security issues around the protection of data, securing connectivity, device management threat detection, mobile app security and user security.  In contrast, less than 62 percent of all other companies stated they were effective in this area. In addition to Fiberlink’s management capabilities, it has core security benefits that will be further strengthened by complimentary offerings with the IBM MobileFirst Security portfolio.



What it means for IBM MobileFirst:

Optimize mobile infrastructure to maintain visibility and control

IBM research for mobile

IBM research identifies four mobile entry points that all need effective management and security.

Fiberlink will allow IBM clients to address BYOD challenges by delivering market-leading capabilities of Mobile Device Management, Mobile Application Management, secure containerization and document management to our already extensive mobile management portfolio.  As a side benefit, all organizations, regardless of size — those that have 10s of devices to the full enterprise customers — will have the ability to get started in minutes with the Fiberlink self-service cloud.

Building from our recent acquisition of Trusteer to provide ‘trusted transactions’ across the network, Fiberlink will further protect that data by enforcing policies and ensuring device and application security on BYOD and business-issued devices. Moreover, as part of IBM, Fiberlink will enable customers to address the security needs of all constituencies – employees, contractors, business partners, and consumers. Through integration with Q Radar, mobile-related security data can be fed to an enterprise-wide Security Intelligence system for preventing, detecting, and responding to security threats.

Additionally, the combination of IBM Endpoint Manager and Fiberlink will allow IBM to offer Unified Device Management, supporting either SaaS or on-premise deployments for all of an organization’s endpoints – from laptop, desktop and server to mobile devices.

I’m excited at the additional benefits Fiberlink provides IBM MobileFirst and welcome your thoughts on this upcoming member of our mobile portfolio.

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Optimize mobile infrastructure to maintain visibility and control

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