- VMware announced Tuesday that it is adding smart glasses management features to its VMware AirWatch enterprise mobility management platform.
- The move will make it easier for businesses to bring augmented and mixed reality devices to the enterprise. VMware is the first unified endpoint management solution to extend into wearables, "enabling customers to manage their smart glasses alongside existing desktop and mobile endpoints," according to an announcement.
- VMware also announced partnerships between VMware AirWatch and some smart glasses vendors including APX Labs, Atheer, Intel, ODG and VUZIX Corp.
Virtual reality has made big strides in the consumer market, but its role in the enterprise is just beginning to take shape. VMware said in a recent report by Tech Pro Research, 67% of organizations are considering augmented reality for future use at their organization.
The future of tech in the enterprise is still uncertain, but companies are looking to adopt solutions that make them more agile and streamlines processes. Whether that is wearables or more tablets in the enterprise, companies will bring in technology that can empower employees.
But can smart glasses really take off in businesses? VMware says enterprise adoption has been slow because "IT is challenged with configuring, securing, managing, deploying and updating these devices at scale." The company hopes to solve that with the new integration.