Mobile Industry on the Move August 9

By Mobile Enterprise Editors — August 09, 2014

Change happens fast in mobile—here's a few from last week you might have missed.

Yahoo
Yahoo! Inc. has appointed Mike Kail as CIO and SVP, Infrastructure, where he will be responsible for leading the company's IT and data center operations.

"The strength of our technical infrastructure is critical as we aim to deliver user and advertiser experiences. It also ensures that Yahoo has the tools and technology necessary to execute. After an intensive search for the right leader, I am excited to announce that today Mike Kail is joining Yahoo as our new CIO and SVP, Infrastructure," said Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. "Mike has the experience and vision to lead our IT and infrastructure to a greater global reach and scale."

Kail brings more than 23 years of IT Operations experience to the company—with a focus on highly scalable architectures. Most recently, he served as VP of IT Operations at Netflix. Prior, he was VP of IT Operations at Attensity, where he was responsible for the Americas data center operations team, including managing various big data systems as well as their Hadoop cluster, HBase, and MongoDB components.

Microsoft
According to a recent release from Microsoft, posted by Corp. VP and Deputy General Counsel, the company filed legal action against Samsung in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York on Friday, Aug. 1. The legal action is said to be to enforce Microsoft's contract with Samsung.

The post said, "We don't take lightly filing a legal action, especially against a company with which we've enjoyed a long and productive partnership. Unfortunately, even partners sometimes disagree. After spending months trying to resolve our disagreement, Samsung has made clear in a series of letters and discussions that we have a fundamental disagreement as to the meaning of our contract."

Apparently, after months of "painstaking negotiation," Samsung entered into a contract with Microsoft to cross-license IP – "an agreement which has been extremely beneficial for both parties."

Simply put, Samsung was complying with the contract and now, says Microsoft, it is not.

Samsung cited the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft as "an excuse to breach its contract" but has not taken Microsoft to court. 

451 Research Senior Analyst Boris Metodiev commented, "One of the many reasons why Google decided to sell Motorola earlier this year was to eliminate any conflicts and tension with other Android vendors that might have considered the search giant a competitor. When Microsoft bought Nokia, it practically put itself against the rest of the Windows Phone manufacturers, which were not selling WP devices in large quantities anyway, so it was pretty clear that none of them will be taking their WP business seriously anymore. If Samsung doesn't feel interested in manufacturing WP devices, then Samsung is not going to do it, regardless of any prior agreements. If Motorola managed to ward off an infringement case against Microsoft for several years, without facing any major damages, then Samsung can do that even better and it won’t need to pay the royalties on every Android device that it sells,"

Microsoft has also named Margaret L. (Peggy) Johnson as executive vice president (EVP) of Business Development. She will be responsible for driving strategic business deals and partnerships across various industries with key customers, strategic innovation partners, OEMs, key accounts, third-party publishers and industry influencers.

"Peggy knows what it takes to drive new growth in mobility and the cloud," said Nadella. "Her experience uniquely positions her to lead Microsoft's business development efforts, and she will be a great addition to our senior leadership team."

Johnson joins the company from Qualcomm where she most recently served as EVP of Qualcomm Technologies and president of global market development. In that role she was responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships. She also held various leadership positions across engineering, sales, marketing and business development.

Sprint
Sprint has decided to end its pursuit of T-Mobile—due to regulatory issues.
In addition, the company has appointed one of its board members, Marcelo Claure, as the  new President and CEO. In this new role, Claure will continue the build out of the company's network by leveraging its spectrum holdings, as well as ensuring it maintains competitive offers in the marketplace.

"Marcelo is a successful entrepreneur who transformed a start-up into a global telecommunications company. He has the management experience, passion and drive to create a strong network and offer products and services in the wireless industry," said Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son.

As the founder and CEO of Brightstar Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp, Claure has grown the company from a small Miami-based distributor into a global business, with $10.5 billion in gross revenue for the year ended in 2013. Claure was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and throughout his career, he has received several Entrepreneur of the Year and CEO of the year awards.

Claure succeeds Dan Hesse, who joined Sprint as President and CEO in December 2007 and led the company through a series of acquisitions—including the merger with SoftBank, and a multi-year overhaul of its nationwide network, including the shutdown of the Nextel network.

HayStax and NetCentrics
Haystax Technology Inc., a developer of next-gen analytics and cloud computing solutions, has acquired NetCentrics Corporation.

The companies will address the top technology growth sectors, including cybersecurity, analytics, cloud computing, IT infrastructure modernization and secure mobility solutions for defense, intelligence and commercial markets. With the Haystax Technology Accelerator and NetCentrics’ OVO consulting group, the company will continue to focus on delivering next gen disruptive products and services.

"Since founding NetCentrics almost 20 years ago, we've worked to offer technical solutions to our clients and create a corporate culture that has strong core values and a commitment to employees," said Bob Dougherty, CEO of NetCentrics. "We look forward to extending our culture to Haystax and building an environment where creative thinking, imaginative engineering and thoughtful leadership will take our combined organization to new levels."

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