VMware announced a definitive agreement to acquire AirWatch. We will continue to track AirWatch here for the time being since their capability is unique and will remain so after acquisition.
This acquisition is a clear indicator that those adopting AirWatch were doing so for the right reasons.
For a quick overview see the video at this link and embedded below:
AirWatch is the global leader in mobile device security and management (MDM) systems, and, with 5,300 customers and nearly 1,000 global associates, is more than twice the size of any other MDM company. Having no outside capital, AirWatch is predominately funded by operating cash flow, resulting in an estimated install base four to five times larger than any other MDM provider. The largest customer base, combined with the largest research and development team in the industry, allows AirWatch to provide the broadest functionality at the lowest cost. This, combined with a scalable high-availability architecture, results in virtually every mobility project with more than 20,000 devices being managed by AirWatch. Examples of this market leadership include the top four global Fortune companies, nine of the top 10 US retailers, six of the top 10 global airlines, the top four global energy companies, six of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies, seven of the top 10 global CPG companies, three of the top five US medical device companies, five of the top 10 global luxury goods companies and two of the top three global hotel groups.
For local, state and federal government entities, mobility is a viable workforce option that can bring efficiencies and cost savings to the region. Service delivery and constituent concerns can be quickly managed if public service officials have a smart phone or tablet. Pierce County in Washington State, for example, uses tablets managed by AirWatch in order to bring government to the citizens. They use a damage assessment app that allows emergency responders to track property damage caused by a disaster. Mobile apps help local government prepare for emergencies, from floods to any number of natural disasters.
The United States Corp of Army Engineers uses AirWatch for mobile device management as well. Workers in the field are able to get real times results driven by mobile devices. Response applications managed by AirWatch assist homeowners in getting immediate assistance during natural disasters.
For more see: http://air-watch.com