As enterprise mobility and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
enter 2014, we are certain to see more platform-based solutions for mobile
device management, productivity, and security. One company to watch for
platform-level enterprise mobility and productivity solutions is Good Technology.
I recently had a chance to learn more about the Good Secure Mobility Solution from John Herrema, the company’s senior vice president of product management. It provides services for iOS and Android devices. Contact Good
Technology for pricing information.
Good Secure Mobility Solution components
“When we refer to the overall Good Secure Mobility Solution, it has two major components to it,” explains Herrema. “There is one called the
Good Collaboration Suite, and there’s what we call the Good Dynamics Platform.”
Good uses their own Good Dynamics Platform to build certain applications
comprising the Good Collaboration Suite.
Inside the Good Collaboration Suite
The goal of the Good Collaboration Suite is to get users live
with a core set of productivity applications that cover the basics of securing
mobile worker productivity. Three products come together to form the Good Collaboration
Suite, according to Herrema:
- Good for Enterprise, the company’s flagship product, is a combination of secure
email and PIM application, along with a secure browser application. Good offers
those two things together because they’re universal use cases for enterprises
and knowledge workers.
- Good Share provides access to file repositories including network drives,
Network Attached Storage (NAS), and SharePoint.
- Good Connect is a secure messaging and presence product that supports Office Communications
Server (OCS), Lync, and Sametime, which complements the asynchronous email
“One of the key aspects of the Good Collaboration Suite and
the way we’ve built it is the concept of secure workflow,” says Herrema. You don’t use the applications in isolation from one another. For
example, you might be writing an email and want to attachment a document that’s stored in a SharePoint site while conducting an IM session in
real time with a coworker. Good Collaboration Suite supports an authentication
model that lets a user authenticated with one app and move securely without reentering
Extend the Good Collaboration Suite via Good Dynamics Platform
The Good Dynamics Platform handles crucial security functions, including:
- Jailbreak detection
- Secure storage
- Policy management
- Secure workflow between applications
“We’ve built an abstraction around the Good Dynamics
Platform in the form of an SDK that developers can use to build their own secure
applications, which can then seamlessly interoperate with our apps and a broader
ecosystem of applications out there,” explains Herrema.
He adds, “We have had the Good Dynamics Platform on the
market for two years now. We’ve had a set of 40 partners who’ve built apps
on the platform.” Their partners include some apps we’ve previously covered on
TechRepublic, such as harmon.ie, Alfresco Mobile, Roambi, and Box.
Recently, Good Technology began offering Salesforce Touch
Platform support. Herrema tells me that Good’s enterprise customers can use
the platform to build custom apps to fit their business requirements. Over
1,000 custom apps have been built already.
“The suite manages the core set of problems,” relates Herrema. Good Technology has done a great job of
translating mobile technology implementation into a Windows/Microsoft Office/PC
model, which is highly relatable to non-technical management and others “who
sign the check.” The core platform serves the role of Microsoft Windows, and
their customers can round out the core platform to meet their particular
Run, grow, transform enterprise mobility
Herrema says that Good Technology uses a “run, grow,
transform” metaphor for the Good Collaboration Suite, based on the idea that
many enterprises are going to be at different states in their mobile evolution.
Good’s metaphor is applicable to either a mobile first or BYOD strategy, and a
platform play like Good Collaboration Suite has the muscle to grow with an
enterprise through these phases.
Herrema states, “We refer to somebody in this initial run
phase where they’re trying to get up and running with some of the very basic
things. No surprise that one of the first things people want to do is secure email.”
“One of the things that follow right after that is getting access
to their intranet and other web-based applications securely. And, then, no
surprise you get into secure file repositories and things like SharePoint and
depending on the customer, especially in key verticals like financial services, where time is money and real time communications are important to many of these
customers. So. secure instant messaging and presence start to become very
Herrema draws a parallel between that initial phase, getting
up, and running in a desktop or laptop deployment that’s familiar to many
Herrema describes the Growth phase as when the enterprise
moves beyond the initial collaboration suite by adding other apps like Box,
Roambi, and/or document editing or annotating tools. Good Technology has a
number of big name iOS and Android apps in their Good Dynamics Marketplace.
“How am I going to use mobility and mobile apps to
fundamentally change how I’m doing business?” is the question at the center of
the Transform phase. This is where proprietary and custom mobile apps come into
play inside the enterprise. Herrema says that their customers consume more apps
from their ecosystem during this phase, including:
- Good Technology developed apps
- Independent Software Vendor (ISV) developed apps
- Customer developed apps
Going with a platform model ensures consistent security,
data integrity, and identity — across all apps in use by the mobile workforce. Chief
Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), and
developers are freed from many of the internal and external worries that come from using mobile apps
Good Collaboration Suite leverages Good’s core Dynamics
Platform, a burgeoning application ecosystem, and a process that is highly
identifiable and adaptable by enterprises of all sizes, making it definitely
worth consideration for enterprises seeking a total solution for mobile first and BYOD
Is your enterprise considering a platform solution for
mobile device management and security in 2014? Share your thoughts in the discussion thread below.
Will Kelly also writes
for The Mobility Hub, a blog sponsored by Good Technology.