After writing my take on the enterprise email wars RIM is currently engaged in Simmons left a comment asking if solutions like Good Technologies change my analysis. I did some research since it has been awhile since I looked at solutions like Good Technologies and I found some interesting results. It seems like Good is making some headway in bringing security features to the iPhone and Android that BES deployments and BlackBerry users have built in. They are going down the path of creating a virtual secured sandbox where corporate information is stored and lets you lock down the device. It is an interesting development and RIM has already walked down this path with the employee owned policies they added in the latest update to BES.
I am not expert in these other technologies but there are a few things I noticed:
- These apps tend to work in a sandbox and are not integrated in the device. I did not see features like RIM has where you can disable App World or even restrict what apps can be installed and what network they can connect to.
- They kind of remind me of how SSL VPN solutions work now but they still store confidential information on the device.
All in all the main thing I noticed is that there seems to be no third party validation that these solutions are inherently secure or have been tested to provide real world security. The closest I found was a very interesting Critical Capabilities comparison from June 2010 done by Gartner that was made available by Good Technologies on their product page. It is pretty high level but even it shows that RIM is the market leader in every category except for cross platform support (which is a given).
If you wanted to get some insight in how these different enterprise email solutions stack up check out the Gartner report below:
Check out some of the interesting charts from the report below: