Microsoft announced a protocol licensing agreement with AgreeYa Solutions on Tuesday.
The agreement will see AgreeYa gain access to vital protocols that enable non-Microsoft devices to interoperate with some Microsoft enterprise applications and services. AgreeYa plans to create solutions for iOS, Android, RIM and WebOS that connect with Microsoft’s back-end enterprise systems. The initial services will include solutions that allow non-Microsoft devices to connect to Remote Desktop Services, Windows Azure, Active Directory and SharePoint.
“The consumerization of IT presents a challenge for our enterprise customers. This agreement demonstrates how technology companies can work together collaboratively for the benefit of their customers,” said Sandy Gupta, general manager, Open Solutions Group, Microsoft. “We’re committed to helping create a vibrant technology ecosystem that addresses the need for interoperable cloud services and applications within mixed IT environments.”
Enterprise IT departments are currently running a daily battle between securing their infrastructure and allowing end users to use popular consumer devices with enterprise services. A number of companies utilize Good Technology to bring secure email solutions to the iPad, iPhone and Android devices. AgreeYa looks set to provide Active Directory integration which could go some way to help enterprise IT manage “bring your own” devices in the workplace.