The big news this week is that Google is opening up Chrome OS to the EMM community. This means, in the future, MobileIron customers will be able to easily add Chromebooks to their enterprise deployments. We’ve always believed that choice is central to modern computing and that Chromebooks would become a key platform for business users.
The capability and cost-effectiveness of new Chromebooks is making them viable replacements for some laptops and, even more importantly, a way to extend computing to a broader percentage of the enterprise workforce.
A good example is Lenovo’s enterprise-grade ThinkPad 13 Chromebook. Wes Williams, Executive Director of PCG Emerging Technologies at Lenovo, recently told me: “We are seeing virtually all of our largest customers begin piloting Chromebooks and evaluating how best to use them within their organizations. In the past year, the rate of evaluations, pilots, and deployments has spiked.”
At MobileIron, we see this trend as well and expect many of our customers to adopt Chromebooks.
However, Chromebooks historically created complexity for IT because they were secured and managed completely separately from the organization’s PCs, tablets, and smartphones. There were no APIs available from Google for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) providers like MobileIron to integrate Chromebooks into a unified security and management architecture.
But now that will change.
Stay tuned! We’ll update you as Google’s new APIs become available for use.