Mobile device management (MDM) provider AirWatch has partnered with Siemens Enterprise Communications on a deal the companies hope will help relieve the stresses of implementing mobile unified communications (UC) and managed mobility solutions. The referral partnership will provide Siemens Enterprise Communications with AirWatch’s mobile security, device management, and application management solutions, which, according to the company, will make it easier for customers to deploy, manage and use mobile UC. Here are the details.

The partnership enables Siemens’ OpenScape unified communications platform to provision their applications to mobile devices over the air. AirWatch CEO John Marshall weighed in to explain, "That means we will continue to simplify BYOD initiatives by bringing both secure mobile device management and unified communications together." The integration of both solutions attempts to simplify deployment, management and ongoing support for these tools across multiple device types and mobile operating systems from one single console.

AirWatch has been working with Siemens Enterprise Communications for the past couple of months through AirWatch's internal network of customers and relationships. "By working with key partners, this announcement is another step in our overall mobile enterprise integration," said Marshall. "The partnership is a major win for Siemens and AirWatch, especially from a BYOD perspective."

"Mobility is a core part of enterprise communications, and the BYOD trend has reinforced the need for CIOs to proactively manage and support enterprise tools on a variety of consumer-driven devices," according to a statement by Siemens Enterprise Communications Chief Commercial Officer Chris Hummel. "Partnering with AirWatch provides our customers with a proven solution to manage their mobile OpenScape solutions."

AirWatch has been working to recruit managed service providers. The company also recently had a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Good Technology.