MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Land Securities, the largest Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in the UK, has implemented MobileIron (www.MobileIron.com) to provide its workforce with secure access to the corporate network and applications from any mobile device whether corporate- or personally-owned. The Group is also developing its mobile app strategy using Enterprise App Storefront for the discovery, deployment and security of both internal and external mobile apps.
Shortly after the iPad was introduced to the UK market, Land Securities realised that tablets could drive significant savings for the business, such as reducing the printing costs for the large portfolio brochures it produces to share with potential tenants and retailers.
Graham Gibbs, Infrastructure Project Manager at Land Securities, and his team developed an enterprise mobility strategy that would extend secure corporate email and network access to iPads and address growing demand to use personal smartphones such as iPhones, in addition to corporate-owned BlackBerrys, for business.
Gibbs comments, "We sought a mobile device management solution that could ensure any device with network access was visible, able to be securely managed by the IS team, and used safely and efficiently for professional purposes, while still enabling personal use and experience."
Working with trusted partner, qolcom, Land Securities carefully evaluated the marketplace. Criteria for selection included:
- Data, voice and text reporting analytics
- Security requirements such as encryption over the air and on the device
- Active Directory integration
- Network access control in addition to the basics like remote lock and wipe
- Self-service enrollment and zero touch management
- Application support
According to Gibbs, MobileIron stood out for several reasons: "Our goal was to replicate a BlackBerry as much as possible in terms of creating a similar experience with an iPhone and an iPad. In addition to delivering a simple user experience, it meant that if the device did go missing we could a) try and locate it and b) get rid of the corporate data on it very, very quickly.
"BlackBerry users were used to having email pop up in their inbox and other solutions couldn't do that unless the user logged into a client that sandboxed enterprise applications. MobileIron maintained the native Apple experience and delivered automatic updating. The solution also stood out because its management functions enabled the IS team to get very granular with the network access and security settings."
The company is now completing its phased migration of the MobileIron platform and has already developed its first internal app for productivity and integrated it into the Enterprise App Storefront. The IS team can now set policy boundaries for the app based upon the user's role in the business, mobile platform and device security posture, then publish the app for end-users to download over the air.
Gibbs concludes, "The IS team likes having one management tool for both iOS and BlackBerry devices that is largely automated, while the end-users appreciate the ability to have both their personal and professional information on one device. MobileIron has been a great platform because once it was installed there was really nothing else to do. It just works the way you want it to work."
MobileIron is solving the problems CIOs face as business data and applications move to smartphones and tablets. The MobileIron Virtual Smartphone Platform is the first solution to give IT and users real-time intelligence and control over mobile content, activity, and apps in order to secure the enterprise, reduce wireless cost, and improve the mobile user experience. For more information, please visit www.mobileiron.com.
About Land Securities
Land Securities is the UK's largest commercial property company and a member of the FTSE 100. The company owns and manages more than 29 million sq ft of property, from shopping centres to offices. For more information see www.landsecurities.com.
About qolcom Ltd.
qolcom Ltd. is a leading integrator of Mobile Device Management and Wi-Fi based solutions. qolcom is a UK.-based corporation, with offices in Newbury, England and Stirling, Scotland. For more information about qolcom, please visit http://www.qolcom.co.uk