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Mobile analytics for a holistic view using HANA: SAP Afaria and Cisco ISE

Reduce the barriers to mobile productivity while making sure
the corporate network is secure. Impossible? Seems like it. But that’s what the
business continues to demand.

SAP Afaria support for Cisco Identity Services Engine is a
key component of policies based on conditionality that attempts to negotiate
the gap between employees who want to use their own mobile devices and good
security practice. Employees want to and should control their personal devices.
But they also want to use those devices for email and to access services on the
corporate network. So while it is true that the employee can install any
software on their device, they should know that only compliant devices can get
email and access to the corporate Wi-Fi network. In some circles, this is known
as “carrot” (do not install apps that put corporate information at risk) and
“stick” (if you do, email is blocked on that device and no access to the
Wi-Fi). The value to IT is that the enterprise network has an additional level
of security – only mobile devices that are under management and deemed
compliant are granted access, period.

In addition, now that you have ISE and Afaria working
together, you can answer questions like what percent of Afaria managed devices
connect to the Wi-Fi network on an average day? And how does that vary between
Boston, Brussels and Bangalore?

IT Managers and Administrators are looking for a single,
holistic view into the compliance status of network identity across all regions
with detailed visibility into all kinds of devices management information. They
are looking for immediate insights into non-compliance devices trying to
connect to network with drill down capabilities for root cause analysis of each
kind of non-compliance devices.

SAP HANA running on Cisco solves this by giving enterprises
the ability to capture high volume of data from all required external/internal
sources – Afaria, ISE, HR systems, Microsoft System Center, etc. HANA brings
together the ecosystem of technologies that provide different business
controls, including app management, mobile identity and access management and
mobile analytics. Customers can then generate real time analysis of Compliance
trend/Posture Compliance across regions and types of devices with rich
reporting & dashboard capabilities with great user experience.

If you’re at Cisco Live next week and want to know more
about closing the gap between network access control and mobile device
management, come by the SAP Booth. Talk to our experts to learn how you can get
device management insight that hasn’t been available to Cisco users before.

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