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iOS 4 Will Increase Enterprise Adoption...

Will you be ready to manage and secure?

AT&T has pre-sold 600,000 iPhone 4 devices - in fact they suspended pre-orders after one day due to overwhelming demand. With the massive interest in the iPhone, we know that new phones will be in enterprises in a matter of weeksIn addition, the number of current iPhone users who already use their devices in the Enterprise, that will upgrade the OS on their current device will be very significant.

Yesterday Sybase made a significant announcement regarding Afaria and its support for Apple's new iOS 4 Operating System.  iOS 4 was publicly released on June 21st, and in conjunction with this, iPhone Man & SecSybase announced that Afaria is an Apple-endorsed solutions to empower enterprise IT to effectively manage these devices within the enterprise.  It delivers market-leading and proven functionality to empower enterprise IT to effectively manage the proliferation of both personally-liable and corporate-liable mobile devices, while providing a high degree of security to meet the strictest corporate standards.

It also meets widespread customer demand for simplified, seamless over-the-air delivery of in-house apps and management policies, separation of personal and enterprise information, and improved transparency and control of asset tracking for iOS 4 devicesManagement & Security. The upcoming release extends Sybase's expansive list of device types supported by Afaria which include iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile

New features of the upcoming Afaria release support both on-premise and multi-tenant, managed mobility service models, delivering significant customer benefits including:

  • Simplified delivery of in-house apps: Over-the-air delivery of in-house apps directly to the iPhone, as well as user-selectable “suggested” apps from the App Store through an Afaria client portal on the iPhone.
  • Simplified device management: Powerful remote iPhone management provides IT with the ability to remotely install and remove device policies as well as lock and wipe the device – all without the need for user interaction.
  • Improved transparency and control: Accurate and up to date asset tracking ensures complete knowledge of mobile device population - including device network information, connection data, security information, profile and provisioning data, certificates and restrictions, and installed 3rd party apps.

Sybase Afaria is a key component of the Sybase Mobility Platform, the industry’s first and most expansive framework of best-in-class mobility servers, mobile applications and mobile services, empowering enterprises to transform the way they connect with their customers and enable their employees.

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As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain