ÃƒÆ'Ã‚.Ãƒ.Ã.‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ--"You'll get to play with cool toys, meet smart people and cover a dynamic industry." That's the pitch publisher Ed Meskill used to lure me here. What more could a veteran business editor want?
And so far, I'm delighted to say, he's been proven 100 percent correct.
In the few short weeks I've spent picking up the reins from my esteemed predecessor, Michelle Maisto, I've already had the chance to chat with some of youÃƒÆ'Ã‚.Ãƒ.Ã.‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬"a smart, savvy bunch working in an exciting, expanding industry.
In fact, In-Stat predicts that businesses in the United States will spend $65.9 million on wireless devices, services and applications/solutions by year's end, and that number is expected to grow to $99.89 million by 2011.
According to the IDC, the worldwide mobile enterprise application market grew from $1.2 billion in 2005 to $1.6 billion in 2006, and is expected to reach $3.5 billion by 2010.
The numbers are impressive, but it's the people behind the numbers who really matter: The executives making strategic decisions every day to invest in mobile solutions across their enterprises; the employees, who so often are the ones leading the charge to adopt wireless applications; the vendors, who are continually creating devices and software that improve our always-on lifestyles; and the customers, because after all, those relationships matter most to any business.
It's these people that we want to acknowledge with our Sixth Annual Mobilizer Awards. We're proud of all our winners and honorable mentions, and we're equally impressed by the many deserving companies who took the time to contribute. On a personal note, I owe Michelle and managing editor Jessica Binns a huge debt of gratitude for making my transition as smooth and painless as possible, and a big Thank You to Ed for bringing me into this exciting industry.
We have many great things planned for 2008 and beyond, and we welcome your input. Email us at Editor@MobileEnterpriseMag.com with the subject line FEEDBACK.