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The “Chips” Are Down
For Enterprise Mobile Application Control
Motorola made a big splash at CTIA with its announcement of a
revolutionary chip technology to support “mobile extreme convergence” (MXC)
architecture for “smart” wireless devices. Key aspects of this development
Converges the hardware required for both communication and service
applications to facilitate the efficient interaction between the two;
Separates communication functions to keep the applications environment
separate and independent within the handheld device;
Provides on-board security for all forms of information delivery; and
The system chips are extremely small, thereby reducing costs and the size
requirements of the “smart” devices that communicate wirelessly.
We see this kind of chip development as
providing a practical solution for enterprise organizations that want to
securely control mobile access to proprietary business applications and
enterprise data, but not necessarily interfere with individual
communications activities on the same devices that individual users prefer
It’s simple! The enterprise will control the
application chips that they issue and install into the end user’s device,
including the ability to automatically destroy its content if lost or
stolen. This will match and interoperate with the personal SIM chips used by
cell phones today that provide the intelligence for identifying the
individual user for “communication applications.” So, the enterprise can
take responsibility for providing equivalent “business application” chips
for enterprise application mobile software.
Such enterprise control may also be applied
to communications like e-mail and instant messaging that can include
enterprise information attachments that need to be secured. Given that
communication devices should be able to serve both personal and business
needs, the question then is how to manage all contacts to insure that
enterprise activity is controllable and secure. Would a VPN approach be
What Do You Think?
Do you agree
that presence/availability/modality management applies to all forms of
personal contact? How should instant messaging be integrated into enterprise
communications management? Where should the enterprise draw the line on its
responsibilities for supporting converged communication devices? How will
such responsibilities mesh comfortably with those of the wireless carriers
who can supply both the network transport services as well as the handheld
devices? How do you see those carriers dealing with Wi-Fi services for the
larger enterprises vs. the SMB market? Will enterprise organizations have to
rethink their policies for allowing personal contacts vs. business contacts
using all forms of converged communication services and devices?
Let us know your thoughts by sending your comments to
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Art Rosenberg and David Zimmer are veterans of the
computer and communications industry and formed The Unified-View to provide
strategic consulting to technology and service providers, as well as to
enterprise organizations, in migrating towards converged wired and wireless
unified communications. They focus on practical user requirements,
implementation issues, and new benefits of multi-modal communication
technologies for individual end users, both as consumers and as members of
enterprise working groups. The latter includes identifying new
responsibilities for enterprise communications management to support
changing operational usage needs most cost-effectively.
Considered to be objective industry thought leaders, Art Rosenberg and David
Zimmer have been publishing their highly-acclaimed syndicated column on
unified messaging and unified communications for over four years to a
worldwide audience of consultancies, technology providers, service
providers, and enterprise technology managers. Both principals are popular
speakers at leading technology conferences and organized the first programs
in the industry focused on the subject of unified messaging/communications.
The Unified-View's website (www.unified-view.com)
is also considered to be a leading source for information on the evolution
of unified communications.
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