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January 20, 2010

Odyssey Software Expands Remote and Mobile Device Management Product

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Odyssey Software, a provider of enterprise-class mobile device management products, has announced that it’s expanding its remote and mobile device management product, Athena, to support Apple iPhone, Palm Pre and Nokia (News - Alert) E- and N-series products.

The company’s flagship product, Athena, has been designed to directly integrate into the native infrastructure of industry-standard management consoles. This product does not require additional server-side components or consoles, said company officials. Moreover, unlike traditional management offerings, Athena is specifically architected to be flexible, modular and seamless to integrate.
Carolina Milanesi, research director at Gartner (News - Alert), noted that as organizations in all industries begin to see the value of adopting smartphones for their mobile employees, there is growing complexity in managing the support requirements across a diverse set of devices.
“Utilizing flexible mobile device management solutions that integrate directly with the device's native infrastructure will ensure support processes are in place to efficiently manage and secure devices in a heterogeneous environment,” said Milanesi.
Company officials said that they are expanding their device management offerings to support a number of popular devices, enabling enterprises to integrate mobile device management via a single console.
Company officials said that this will complement and extend capabilities to existing enterprise management platforms, including Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (Configuration Manager) 2007.
Mark Gentile, CEO at Odyssey Software (News - Alert), said that as the demand from employees to use the device of their choice increases, the enterprise is left with the challenge of managing the assortment of mobile devices that are rapidly being added to their mobile workforce.
The company’s recently announced plan to support BlackBerry (News - Alert) devices and offer forthcoming support for iPhone, Palm Pre and Nokia will provide customers with the flexibility and breadth of support needed to ensure an efficient, secure and productive mobile workforce, he added.
In November, Odyssey Software released version 3.0 of its console extensions for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and Systems Management (News - Alert) Server 2003.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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