Thursday, 21 February 2013 06:38

Mobile productivity suite for Microsoft Office on Android

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Accellion, a California based mobile file sharing supplier, has introduced a Mobile Productivity Suite which it says combines mobile content creation and editing with secure file sync and sharing.

“This industry first, mobile office productivity suite enables users to securely create, edit, view and share Microsoft Office documents from iOS devices,” says Yorgen Edholm,  CEO of Accellion. “In today’s mobile environment, employees need solutions that enable them to perform their work tasks quickly, efficiently and securely.

“It is not enough to simply store and view documents and images, the mobile employee needs to create, contribute and collaborate with their co-workers, customers and partners on their mobile devices. Accellion is leading the industry in delivering the solutions necessary for enabling mobile productivity while keeping corporate data secure.”

The Accellion Mobile Productivity Suite is an integrated solution within the Accellion Mobile App that allows users to securely create, edit, view, and collaborate on Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files all within Accellion’s secure container on iOS devices. The company says this eliminates the risk of enterprise data leaks from employees opening, editing and sharing documents using unapproved consumer apps.

In addition to supporting creation and editing of Microsoft Office documents the Accellion Mobile App supports secure sharing of photos from a mobile device’s camera roll or library. This is a critical capability for field workers in many industries, including insurance, legal and construction, who take photos as part of their work but are at risk for overlooking security and compliance requirements for storing and sharing images.

“Business users on-the-go look for solutions that allow them to work outside the office,” says Chris Hazelton of 451 Research. “In the absence of an enterprise-sanctioned tool, they are willing to put corporate data at risk using consumer-grade apps to be productive while mobile. The ability to create, edit and share content securely on mobile devices, without the risk of data leaks is paramount to supporting a mobile workforce.”


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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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