Google Apps for Business tacks on mobile device management

Managing Google Apps on mobile devices for enterprise and government users will hopefully soon be easier.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. -- New amenities for Google Apps for Business customers continue to roll in.

The first new major feature is more flexible mobile device management. This service, which will be free for all Google Apps business, government and education customers, will enable IT administrators to be able get a "holistic overview" of all mobile devices set up with their Google Apps platforms.

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Available for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile devices, IT admins can use a dashboard to manage and revoke access to individuals as needed -- possibly alleviating some of the worries about employees bringing their own personal devices to work. All of this is based in the cloud, so there's no need to download any additional software to make use of these powers.

Furthermore, companies can define mobile policies (i.e. password rules and roaming sync preferences) by user group or individual users. IT administrators will also be able to get more insights and analytics about employee mobile productivity.

Speaking of analytics, Google is releasing improvements for its BigQuery Service for large-scale, internal data analytics. The solution, designed for enabling companies crunching a massive number of terabytes of big data for making better business decisions, is stepping up in the following ways:

  • A graphical user interface for analysts and developers for exploring more data in a web app faster
  • A new Rest API for running multiple jobs in the background as well as managing tables and permissions with more granularity
  • The ability to write more powerful queries across multiple data tables, linked by common data
  • Managing and sharing access securely to BiqQuery data tables and exporting them to desktops and Google Cloud Storage

Mobile device management for Google Apps will begin to roll out starting today for customers on the Rapid Release track, and Scheduled Release customers will see these updates in the coming weeks.