Description: The following passage is talking about athena login. The author shows off the integration of Odyssey Software Inc’s Athena into the Microsoft system center configuration manager administrator console. Athena gives the administrator an array of tools to manage mobile platforms.
This is reporter, we’re at MMS 2010, we’re talking to Mark Gentile and he’s going to tell us a little bit about Athena and tell us a little bit about Odyssey, I’m Mark Gentile, I’m the president CEO of Odyssey, Athena is an extension configuration to multi-platform management support.
Today we are unveiling our supports of blackberry as well as an exchange activesync protocol, we also can report inventory on Android devices, we have System Center Configuration Manager, on our screen Athena is loaded, we have some additional mobile device collections added to the configuration manager.
There are all blackberry mobile devices, all Exchange ActiveSync devices are under there, they’re then broken down by all Android or all iPhone, the other mailbox is broken down, collection is broken down, we have a couple of our screens that are part of our console extensions of the console displaying here showing what our resource Explorer looks like for mobile.
We’ve jazzed it up a bit to show a quick glimpse of all the different attributes of the device as well as give you the ability to drill down into more detailed information in all these various categories including a lot of networking,l we also have performance charting.
You can even connect live to a device for remote control and interactive support, I’m going to initiate a remote control session, this is connecting to a windows mobile device, there we have live screen, as I interact with device I can either drive it from config man console and see what the screen says when you’re doing helpdesk operations.
We’ve also added blackberry into config man, with all the information broken down by the subcategory, you can drill down and see operating system versions with device, take a screen snapshot you can see what exactly is on my BlackBerry device.
We have live support, we have full inventory, we also have policy supported on any of the Exchange ActiveSync devices, we even have the ability to manage the policies from config man, these policies are pulled out of exchange, we’re able to modify the policies.
If I take our MMS policy and add that policy, I can set a lot of security related policy settings, these are all with related items, I can adjust my settings, we turn on or off various features of the device such as if I want to disallow the camera or disable removable storage, you can set encryption options.
You can enable or disable Bluetooth, you can allow browsing and some of those other features, it gives you the ability from a single pane of glass using configuration manager to manage all of your mobile and even embedding computing accidents.
We have an embedded device which is a micro kiosk from symbol, which is Motorola today, typically you would find this in a retail store, if you walk up with the barcode, you hold them underneath the kiosk, it looks up the price for you.
These are computers, they need to be managed, especially when that embedded devices typically are bolted to a wall or a pole, it’s much more costly to service them than to service a mobile device, that’s very easy to put into a box or repair.
Management of embedded devices is as important as managing all the mobile platforms, with the exchange integration we get to add support for iPhon, Android and a Nokia platform bringing that all into Configuration Manager.
Config man becomes your single pane of glass to manage all of your mobile computing assets, it works over any mobile operator network as well as over Wi-Fi networks or over cradle connections, thank you, you’re my IT forum sponsor, this has been a great event, thank you for reading.