Posts by Bill Mann

Bill Mann is Senior Vice President of Products and Chief Product Officer for Centrify. Mann is responsible for the innovation and evolution of all Centrify solutions, running product strategy and product management, as well as playing a lead role in M&A as the company scales to its next phase. Mann is an enterprise software security executive with both large company and startup experience.


Centrify Perspective

Big Data Requires Even Bigger Security

By , February 19, 2015

This week we announced the industry’s first privileged identity management solution for Big Data. Centrify has partnered with three of the leading Big Data analytics vendors — Cloudera, HortonWorks and MapR — to extend their security capabilities to include privileged identity management.

Centrify Perspective

Mobile First + Identity First + Cloud First = Centrify User Suite

By , November 10, 2014

Here is a novel idea — Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) with Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM)-as-a-Service — but in combination. This is exactly what Centrify did when launching the Centrify User Suite in 2013. An industry first solution, built from the ground up for the mobile first, identity first and cloud first world of today and tomorrow.

Mobile Frontier

Better Together: Why Identity and Mobility are about to Converge

By , November 7, 2014

Two once-distinct markets are on course for convergence: mobility and identity. It’s a merger that will drive success for vendors that get the blend right—and could spell trouble for vendors that once prospered by focusing on mobility or identity alone.

Only a couple of years ago, emerging companies that specialized in either mobility or identity did quite well. Identity and access management (IAM) vendors like Okta rose to prominence by enabling enterprise users to easily access their various cloud applications, such as Salesforce, Workday and Taleo, via single sign-on. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendors like AirWatch (acquired by VMware) and MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL) made a good living by helping organizations manage an ever-increasing array of mobile devices.

Centrify Perspective

RMM Meets IDaaS: Why MSPs are the New VARs

By , November 4, 2014

Last week Centrify announced that AVG Technologies selected Centrify’s integrated cloud-based identity management (IDaaS) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution for the AVG CloudCare service. The partnership marks a significant opportunity for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that are increasingly looking to adopt cloud and mobile apps for business purposes, but don’t have the time or resources available to manage the IT challenges and complexity this transition entails. This is also a huge opportunity for managed service providers (MSPs) who are implementing and managing IT services on SMBs’ behalf, while also playing a consultative role with respect to IT opportunities…

Mobile Frontier

Identity Is the Clear Differentiator for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)

By , August 21, 2014

Centrify was the first company to unite Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and Identity and Access Management (IAM). Now we hear rumblings that VMware and Microsoft are pursuing similar strategies. But not all integrations are created equal. First, let’s review what’s happening in the market that is leading to identity becoming a core component of enterprise mobile management. At the macro level, there are three key shifts driving this change in the market: MDM has moved to EMM:  Mobile Device Management is now a commodity, so MDM vendors have had to reinvent themselves to become EMM vendors. Their focus has shifted…

Hot Topics

In Cloud Identity, User Experience and Developers Are Now Taking Center Stage

By , July 28, 2014

Last week I attended the Cloud Identity Summit in Monterey, Calif., where Centrify was a Gold Sponsor. Congrats to the team at Ping Identity for hosting a balanced and vendor neutral conference. I’ve not been to an Identity conference for more than four years, and this reminded me of the great Burton Catalyst conferences that provided great insight into the world of Identity.

Partner Corner

Samsung continues to invest in KNOX and partners with Google to contribute key KNOX technologies to make Android more secure for everyone

By , July 23, 2014

Recently there has been some significant news from Google and Samsung related to Android security. So let me use my first blog as part of the Centrify team to share some perspectives on this announcement and my opinions on where the mobile security market is heading. Before I continue, you may be asking – Why Centrify? What role do they play in this space? Why does Centrify care about Android and security? Good questions!