Mobile Industry on the Move August 3

— August 03, 2013

What’s going on in the world of mobility? Here are this week’s moves by the major players.

Apple
While Microsoft is undergoing reorganization, and BlackBerry’s Playbook head, David J. Smith, has resigned, things are also brewing at Apple. Bob Mansfield, Senior Vice President of Technologies, is moving to Special Projects. Should we be concerned?

“In my view, Apple has taken Bob Mansfield out of the executive team rotation so that he can focus exclusively on new products without the distractions of a normal corporate leadership position,” said Carl Howe, VP of Research, Yankee Group.

Nexmo
Nexmo is disrupting the telecom industry in a “friendly and positive way.” Offering inbound SMS in 25 countries globally, the company is adding one to two new countries per month.

Using cloud APIs, Nexmo connects web applications directly to billions of phones, allowing enterprise users to communicate instantly with individuals anywhere in the world. In less than two years, the provider has grown significantly: from sending zero to two billion application-to-person SMS messages. This is currently increasing 20% every month.

“Carriers’ B2C business is suffering. We bring high-volume B2B traffic that is paid,” said CEO Tony Jamous, in an interview with Mobile Enterprise.

In addition, by adding the network to directly access carriers around the world, it eliminates barriers between the customer and end-users. “By removing layers of fat, we are actually solving a problem. That means lower cost for the enterprise and higher efficiency for the network,” Jamous said.

SAP
SAP AG is working with three original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners to deliver solutions running on SAP HANA: AlertEnterprise, Clockwork and PROS.

The alliances reaffirm the company’s commitment to providing partners with innovations designed to help enterprises and their customers run better. The announcement was made at the SAP Americas Partner Leadership Summit in Miami.

"Our OEM partners are leaders in their markets, and by running SAP HANA, they can help end users be more flexible, faster and knowledgeable about their business,” said John Graham, Head of Ecosystems & Channels, SAP Americas. “Through these partnerships, SAP demonstrates the symbiotic relationship it has with its ecosystem."
 
XPlore Technologies
Xplore Technologies Corp. secured an additional purchase order of more than $3 million of its iX104C5 Dual-Mode Lite (DML) ultra-rugged tablets from a medical device manufacturer.

“We specialize in providing the most ultra-rugged tablets on the market that are durable enough for any extremes but can also handle complex and sensitive tasks,” said Mark Holleran, President and Chief Operating Officer, Xplore Technologies. “The additional order of our DML ultra-rugged tablets not only highlights our expertise, but our continued success within the medical industry.”

Apperian
Apperian, Inc., is partnering with FedResults and True North Logistics.
FedResults will be one of the company’s key distributors and will manage contract vehicles from Federal, State and Local governments. True North Logistics is a services partner for Apperian’s public sector activities. 

In addition, Harvey Morrison, a seasoned sales executive and marketing leader within the federal government sector, joins Apperian. He will lead the sales team to identify opportunities and grow the company’s presence in the public sector.

“Apperian recognizes the growing need for the public sector to securely deploy and manage business applications especially within a BYOD world,” Morrison said. “Our new partnerships with FedResults and True North Logistics as well as our existing partnerships with AT&T Government Solutions and IBM Corporation are a few examples of the amazing potential afoot for how we can drive mobility forward in these sectors.”

CipherLab
CipherLab has obtained certification for its CP60 mobile computer from AT&T. The certification applies to the HSDPA/HSUPA feature of the CP60.

Attunity
Attunity, Ltd. has entered into an OEM reseller agreement with Infor, a provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers. This agreement enables Infor to offer Attunity’s mainframe data connectivity software to its customers using Infor E Series and M Series applications.

“We are honored to be Infor’s partner for providing these solutions to their existing customers,” said Itamar Ankorion, Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Attunity. “We look forward to further cultivating this partnership as we continue to focus on helping Infor’s customers improve their business and explore potential areas for expanding the use of our solutions.”

Red Bend
Red Bend, a supplier of Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) updating solutions for the mobile market, has partnered with Vertu, a provider of luxury mobile phones.
Red Bend will manage the end-to-end service, from hosting to delivery of new software updates, via the Red Bend Software Management Center. The company will also support Vertu mobile devices across all platforms including a range of Android devices such as VERTU Ti, which launched at the start of 2013.    
 
Workspot
Workspot has joined F5 Networks’ Technology Alliance Program (TAP). Through its partnership with F5, Workspot will broaden its reach and enable companies to deliver business apps securely and directly to employees’ mobile devices.

“Workspot is focused on providing mobile virtualization solutions that help promote productivity,” said Amitabh Sinha, Co-founder & CEO, Workspot. “Our alliance with F5 gives us the opportunity to jointly deliver an optimized user experience. At the same time, we can now offer application, document, and network usage along with performance insights from individual devices.”
 

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