Friday, April 25, 2014

Centrify Advances Its Enterprise Device Management for Mac, iPad and iPhone

Last week we announced that The Kinkaid School of Houston has deployed Centrify’s User Suite, Mac Edition to better secure, control and manage Mac access for more than 1,000 users and their Macs. We also earlier this year published a case study (written by the respected analyst firm IDC) of how Grand Islands Public Schools, a public school district in Nebraska, deployed our Mac solution to over 10,000 users and over 5,000 Macs. Both case studies highlight the continued momentum we have in delivering enterprise device management for the Apple platform, and they dovetail with some of the new features we recently released on the Mac platform. In this blog post I will discuss what the case studies revealed about Centrify and highlight some of the new enhancements.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The College Basketball-ization of the Enterprise IT Landscape

As I listened to Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella give his first press conference and talk about how Microsoft is going to deliver new solutions that lie at the "intersection of cloud and mobile computing" — think Office for iPad — it got me thinking how heterogeneous today's IT infrastructure has really become and just how fragmented the IT vendor landscape is today. Case in point was that Microsoft would use its new CEO's very first press conference to primarily demonstrate new Microsoft products on Apple's underlying platform.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite – Welcome to the Party!

Today Microsoft announced its new solutions including Office for iPad that lie at the "intersection of cloud and mobile computing." Overall, I think today’s announcement does a nice job of setting the tone that Microsoft intends to be a major cloud and mobile vendor no matter what the underlying operating system is, and shows its willingness to embrace platforms that are not tied to the Microsoft moniker.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Identity Where You Want It ... And Now Policy Too

Back in November I blogged about “Enterprise Identity Where You Want It”, which discussed how Centrify had enhanced its Cloud Service to allow customers to store identity data in the cloud or on-premise in Active Directory or a combo of both. The point was while customers really want centralized identity management for the cloud and mobile resources that they are deploying, they also wanted flexibility regarding where they could store their identity data (cloud, on-premise and/or in both places). Fast forward a few months, and I am now pleased to announce we are extending this innovative and flexible “hybrid” approach that we have with identity to policy as well with our recent update to the Centrify Cloud Service. Let me explain what we are delivering in this blog post vis a vis Centrify delivering a fully cloud-based policy solution.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Introducing Centrify Server Suite 2014

I am still digging out from the RSA Conference, so have been remiss in blogging that during RSA we announced a major upgrade to our flagship Centrify Server Suite — Centrify Server Suite 2014. New functionality in this release protects heterogeneous servers and applications in the datacenter and cloud from identity-related insider risks and outsider attacks, as well as makes security and regulatory compliance repeatable and sustainable for organizations. In this blog post I want to walk you through some of the major new features at a high-level and drilldown on a few features in detail.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mobile Identity Management Made Easy

Recently we announced our developer site and platform that gives enterprise application developers and ISVs the resources and support needed for seamless integration of Centrify’s identity management into their cloud, mobile and datacenter applications and systems. The Centrify Developer Site also serves as a hub for newly introduced and updated SDKs, technical resources on integration, code samples, interaction with Centrify Developers and the developer community, and more. As part of this announcement we also introduced Centrify SDK v2.0, which extends the “Zero Sign-on” login experience for users accessing native mobile applications on Android and iOS mobile platforms. In this blog post I want to give context behind this announcement and this new developer site.