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Mobile Security Updates from SAPPHIRE 2013

The SAP mobility team announced a new SAP Afaria in the Cloud edition

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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Kevin Benedict is an opinionated futurist, Principal Analyst at the Center for Digital Intelligence™, C4DIGI.com, emerging technologies analyst, and digital transformation and business strategy consultant. In the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries, and is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He spent nearly 5 years working as a Senior Analyst at Cognizant (CTSH), and 2 years serving in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work where he wrote many reports, hundreds of articles, interviewed technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries. He has written articles published in The Guardian, wrote the Forward to SAP Press' book titled "Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP", published over 3,000 articles and was featured as thought leader and digital strategist in the Department of Defense's IQT intelligence journal. Kevin lectures and leads workshops, teaches and consults with companies and government agencies around the world to help develop digital transformation and business strategies. Visit his website at C4DIGI.com.