Earlier this week, Google announced on their official enterprise blog a few new features being added to Google Apps, a “cloud” based web-service providing email, document sharing, instant messaging, and most recently, Google+.
Realizing the growing amount of employees who bring their own smart phones and mobile devices to work, Google’s enterprise team decided its time for their service to help administrators take control of their networks and the data within. The new service will provide managers with the power to enforce security policies on devices that connect with the Google Apps service managed by their employer, and also provide ways to enlist “after-the-fact of employment” policies.
Only paid Google Apps services will have access to the new tool set, of course, at no extra charge.
Phones that are supported are the iPhone/iPad (iOS), Windows Mobile devices, and Android powered devices.
In addition to existing mobile management capabilities, administrators now have the ability to see an overview of all mobile devices that are connecting and syncing with Google Apps, and revoke access for individual devices if needed.
Organizations can now define policies for mobile devices such as password requirements and roaming sync preferences on a granular basis by user groups.
Also available this week, administrators have the ability to gain insights into mobile productivity within their organizations, complete with trends and analytics.
The Blog Post can be found on Google's Official Enterprise Blog