This week in Mobility had several notable announcements relevant to the large enterprise.
- Cisco Announces the End of the Cius,
- Google Completes Moto Acquisition,
- McAfee and F-Secure Reports both show rapid rise in malware targeting Android,
- IBM Causes Stir Discussing BYOD Program
Cisco Announced the End of the Cius
In a quiet announcement relegated to the Cisco collaboration blog, the company announced that it would cease investing in the Cius. If you haven’t heard of the Cius you aren’t alone. Launched in June 2010 as the first enterprise tablet, it hasn’t taken off. The Cius had enterprise collaboration tools such as Webex, telepresence and Jabber, but didn’t have the app support you find in the Apple and Android ecosystem. As Mark Andreessen is fond of saying “software is eating the world.” The Cius had no software and is now starved of funds. More on what this means for the enterprise here – Cisco Cius RIP: the lesson for BYOD.
Google Completes Motorola Acquisition
The news was announced in August of 2011 and the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola was finally completed by Google Tuesday. The acquisition gives Google the potential to mirror Apple’s tightly integrated hardware and software platform which has been cited as a key performance advantage for iPhone and iPad over their rivals. It also has raised justifiable concerns in Google’s partners who develop for the Android operating system. To allay some of these concerns Google announcement that it will give multiple hardware manufacturers early access to new Android releases.
McAfee and F-Secure: Mobile Malware Accelerating
First quarter 2012 reports on malware from both McAfee and F-Secure confirm a rapid rise in threats targeting Android devices. The numbers differ between the reports but the message is very clear. McAfee says threats grew 12 fold between the December and March quarters while F-Secure says the threats grew by a factor of 22 over the past year. There are several implications for the enterprise and links to other articles here – McAfee: Huge Increase in Mobile Malware.
IBM Causes Stir Discussing BYOD Program
I can’t imagine IBM is happy with the news flurry surrounding the details of its bring your own device (BYOD) program outlined in Technology Review. Most of the coverage has focused on IBM blocking iCloud and Siri. While this makes for good headlines, the bigger implication is that these represent a class of consumer apps not allowed in IBM’s BYOD program and won’t be when traditional IT approaches are employed focusing on device and data control. This has serious implications for user adoption and the long-term success of the program. The demise of the Cius this week presents perfect symmetry on what will and won’t work in the age where consumerization of IT is ascendant. Also unreported was IBM’s acknowledgement that BYOD is an added cost not offset by lower device costs. A deconstruction of the BYOD lessons for the enterprise and several good reader comments are here – BYOD Trap for IBM.