Weekly Tech Roundup: IBM Data Security Tools, AppleCare for Enterprise and BlackBerry Developer Groups

07 Nov. 2014 Enterprise Tech News

The past couple of weeks saw HP launch an enterprise app testing tool, Microsoft extending its EMS support to Office and IBM introduce new analytics software for battling cybercrime. Let’s take a look at the tech news of more recent times with IBM, Apple and Blackberry being in the news.

IBM Rolls Out New Cross-Enterprise Data Security Tools

IBM is continually moving its intellectual property sitting on servers and mainframes, onto the cloud. In its bid to further strengthen this initiative it has built what it claims to be the first intelligent security portfolio for protecting people, data and applications in hybrid clouds.

The new Dynamic Cloud Security portfolio is designed so as to be able to identify and fix security gaps that can be present between on-premises, cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and mobile applications. The primary objective of the portfolio is on authenticating access, controlling data, improving visibility and optimizing security operations for the cloud. This portfolio of tools that has been a result of the work of around 200 engineers from IBM, over a period of about 12 months, can be deployed in the cloud or on-premises.

Apple & IBM team up for AppleCare for the Enterprise

A new “AppleCare for Enterprise” page on Apple’s Web site may be a subtle hint about the future of the Apple-IBM partnership that was announced earlier this year. The partnership was primarily focused on mobile enterprise apps for the iPhone and iPad.


Apple-IBM initiative focuses on mobile enterprise apps for the iPhone and iPad

According to the details on the AppleCare page, this service is aimed at providing enterprise customers with 24/7 phone support and priority on-site repair. Each customer will be assigned a dedicated account manager who will act as a liaison for AppleCare services and provide regular monthly activity reports on support calls and repairs.

The AppleCare service boasts of being able to replace — within one business day “in majority cases” — up to 10 percent of an enterprise’s covered iPads or iPhone in case of they being accidentally damaged by employees. Pricing details haven’t been revealed but the service is said to be available to the users in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

BlackBerry forms Enterprise Developer Groups

BlackBerry already had a developer groups program that was initiated in 2010 for encouraging the local developer groups for sharing of ideas, experiences and helping new developers start building amazing applications. Based on this foundation they have announced the Enterprise Developer Groups Program. Enterprise groups will work like the original groups, but will obviously focus mobile apps for businesses.

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