Telefónica Dual Persona service for Android devices will be available in the second quarter of this year. Additional information on pricing and countries where the services will launch will be made available in the coming months. Both companies are working to make the solution available for other operating systems and mobile platforms in the future.
The companies also confirmed today that the Galaxy SII by
Smartphones: The New Corporate Mobile Workspace
The increased computing power of modern mobile devices, coupled with the rise in the number of business ready mobile applications, has resulted in the growing need for companies to manage device lifecycles and the provisioning of mobile applications used by employees. Furthermore, the widespread popularity of smartphones in the consumer market has increased the number of personal devices used in the work environment.
According to Forrester (Forrsights: Mobility Dominates Enterprise Telecom Trends In 2011,
Telefónica Dual Persona Service, Powered by
Powered by VMware Horizon Mobile, the Telefónica Dual Persona service will be offered as part of the Telefónica Cloud Computing service catalog. In addition to dual persona support for Android devices, the Telefónica Cloud Computing catalog helps companies more effectively manage their databases, virtual desktops (PCs) and applications by offering easy to consume cloud-based services.
The Telefónica Dual Persona service will enable IT managers to provision and manage an employee's work profile and mobile applications via a cloud-based instance of VMware Horizon Mobile. Because of this separation, when an employee leaves the company or if a device is lost or stolen, business will be better able to safely and securely remove corporate information from mobile devices, while not having access to an individual personal profile.
The user experience will be intuitive and similar to that of a conventional smartphone on both profiles. Users will be able to switch from one profile to another with a simple click of an app, and they will receive both work and personal notifications within both profiles.
According to Moisés Navarro, Director of Strategy and Cloud Services at Telefónica Digital, "The Dual Persona service brings benefits to both employees and companies -- the employee can use just one device, for both personal and work use while still maintaining privacy -- the company gains greater control and security over corporate information, increased efficiency and cost savings on mobile devices, less provisioning and incident management time and greater employee satisfaction. Importantly, this is all made available via a cloud-based, pay-per-use model."
"Powered by VMware Horizon Mobile, Telefónica Dual Persona service will enable enterprises to securely customize and manage an employee's corporate mobile workspace in isolation from their personal smartphone environment," said
"With the 'Bring Your Own Device' trend growing faster than ever in enterprise sector, Telefónica's Dual Persona service will undoubtedly be the compelling solution to propel this trend," said
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