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Sencha Says New HTML5 Platform Solves BYOD Headaches

Sencha Space appears like an app on an employee's personal device, houses all business-related apps without intermingling personal data, can be managed remotely and, most importantly, is secure.


BYOD is a trend full of headaches for end users, IT departments and application developers alike. Redwood City, Calif.-based Sencha believes it has the cure.

Sencha unveiled that cure at its developer conference, SenchaCon2013, Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. The company's new HTML5 platform, called Sencha Space, appears like an app on an employee's personal device, houses all business-related apps within the platform without intermingling personal data, can be managed remotely by a company's IT department and, most importantly, is secure.

According to Paul Kopacki, vice president of marketing at Sencha, the new platform is a win-win-win solution, solving the BYOD problem from the perspective of the end user, IT departments and developers.

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In an interview with CRN, Kopacki said, "From an end-user perspective, Sencha Space is just another app that sits right next to Angry Birds and Twitter. Once you click on the app, it opens a space where your work apps live."

Through the cloud, IT is able to deliver, manage and remove any app in Sencha Space. If an employee moves from operations to sales, IT can remove apps related to operations along with all of the data stored within and then install new apps needed for sales without ever having to obtain the device. Likewise, if an employee leaves the company, all apps and information can be wiped from the user's device in a matter of seconds.

"All applications are managed separately on a user's device and are perfectly safe for IT," Kopacki said. "Everything running within Sencha Space is encrypted."

"When you look at the number of mobile apps being built in enterprise, it's just starting. One of the things holding [developers] up is how to do this securely," said Sencha CEO Michael Mullany in an interview with CRN.

Jay Garcia, CTO of Reston, Va.-based developer and Sencha partner Modus Create, said the company cannot wait to get its hands on the new Sencha product.

"BYOD is concerning. For an employee to come into our organization and for us to say we will install software on their phone, Sencha Space is going to make it where we won't have to be concerned. [Those concerns] are null because we know we don't have to have root level access, it will be in the encrypted sandbox," Garcia said. Garcia also said the potential provided by app-to-app communication will be a game-changer for enterprise app developers.

Sencha's Partner Program has three tiers: Community Members, Select Partners and Premier Partners, according to the company's website. Community Members enjoy a free advertising avenue and the ability to be contacted directly by clients through Sencha's online developer community. Select Partners are required to have two staff members become Sencha-certified, while Premier Partners are required to have five staff members become Sencha-certified in order to take advantage of the respective partner benefits.

Sencha has not yet revealed pricing or availability of Sencha Space; it is currently in the developer preview phase, according to the company.


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