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Kace apps to help companies manage iPhone use

Systems management appliance maker Kace announces a management module for the iPhone, helping bring the popular device into the corporate world.

Kace Networks on Monday unveiled systems management applications for the iPhone, designed to give the popular smartphone a buttoned-down look for corporate clients.

The iPhone Management Module aims to give corporate customers the ability to centrally deploy, manage, and track their iPhones through a single integrated appliance.

The announcement by Kace, a systems management appliance company, comes as Apple is making a greater push to get its iPhone into the hands of Corporate America, with such companies as Genentech and Walt Disney adopting them for official use.

"As the iPhone continues to be the go-to smartphone for businesses, it's important for IT organizations to be able to efficiently deploy, track, and manage the mobile devices, just as they would any other critical computing platform," Marty Kacin, Kace's chief technology officer, said in a statement.

The iPhone applications are designed to enable companies to automatically track their iPhones and handle such tasks as installing software on the devices, monitoring carrier contract information, and creating users' profiles for configuring the devices.