To support the strategy, the company unveiled VMware Identity Manager,
an identity-as-a-service platform designed to enable secure enterprise
management. It is also furthering its commitment to Apple and the iOS platform
with the development of application configuration templates and vertical
solutions in industries like healthcare, aviation and education.
Sanjay Poonen, executive VP and GM for end-user computing at VMware,
says business mobility will be a key driver of economic value for the next
decade – truly reorienting businesses around mobile innovation, apps and
Africa, in particular, is a geography that can gain immense benefit from
business mobility, considering there are more mobile devices than fixed desktop
devices in the continent, says Nick Black, business manager, end-user computing
for VMware in sub-Saharan Africa.
However, he notes, infrastructure, in particular
network performance, needs to catch up to ensure ubiquitous access for all.
He says businesses at this point realise mobility
has arrived and help IT to enable users with mobile solutions to become more
productive while enforcing security and compliance.
This means IT decision-makers should be looking for
a single or common platform that allows for ease of management of both
traditional compute devices, but also myriad mobile devices, says Black.
With IT having little to no control over an
employee's choice of end-point operating systems, he believes the need to
manage employee identity is a foundational element for enabling business
"Business mobility is fundamentally a mental
shift – it means that work is something you do, not somewhere you go. This is
perhaps unsettling for management in terms of trust but in reality employees
should be able to transact, compute and perform other work-related tasks from
anywhere, on any device."
As a result, business will become faster, more
agile and potentially gains a competitive advantage, he concludes.