Here comes the enterprise software- Odyssey now supports Windows Phone 7 via Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Add-on

Windows Phone 7 gets enterprise support, but how?
Windows Phone 7 gets enterprise support, but how?

Press Release: Odyssey Software, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-class mobile device management (MDM) products, today announced that its Athena device management extensions for Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager 2007 now supports Windows® Phone 7. This extended support is provided only by Odyssey Software and is available immediately.

“IDC expects that globally by 2014, individual-liable devices will represent over 62 percent of total business use, presenting problems for IT in terms of the management of these devices,” said Stephen Drake, program vice president for mobility and telecom research at IDC. “Smartphones, including those running Windows Phone 7, provide employees the opportunity to use the device of their choice and a great bridge for both business and personal use due to the immediate availability of management support.  Those organizations adopting individual-liable devices are typically not doing so without some kind of mobile device management solution.”

“We strive to provide our customers with the flexibility and breadth of support needed to ensure an efficient, secure and productive workforce,” said Mark Gentile, CEO of Odyssey Software. “Our support of Windows Phone 7 highlights our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with the management tools needed to meet the ongoing evolution of mobility in the enterprise.”

Odyssey Software’s flagship product, Athena, is a unique product designed to directly integrate into the native infrastructure of industry-standard management consoles, including Microsoft Configuration Manager 2007. Athena has the capability to manage the new Windows Phone 7 device along with Microsoft Windows Mobile® and Windows Embedded CE-based devices, as well as a variety of other popular mobile platforms, smartphones and devices including BlackBerry®, iPhone®, iPad® Android, Nokia E and N series, and the Palm® Pre.

The product does not require additional server-side consoles, unlike all other device management products, which require their own proprietary server, console or database infrastructure.  Contrary to traditional management offerings, Athena is specifically architected to be flexible, modular and seamless to integrate with enterprises’ existing management infrastructure. With live remote control of devices in the field, comprehensive software and hardware asset information, location based data support via GPS, device software, application and patch provisioning and installation, and security, including device lock and wipe, Athena is the industry’s most flexible and comprehensive mobile device management solution.

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Clearly the arrival of a remote management solution for Windows phone 7 is news, but even more interesting is discovering how this software managed to perform its task on the pretty locked down Windows Phone 7 platform, unless it is with Microsoft’s cooperation.  Hopefully the company will soon respond to enquiries about the same.

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