Mobile Industry on the Move January 18

— January 18, 2014

AT&T/NBCUniversal
For the ninth consecutive time, NBCUniversal has selected AT&T to provide the networking services to support the delivery of its Olympics coverage across multiple devices during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, February 6-23, 2014.

NBCUniversal will use an array of AT&T networking solutions to deliver high-definition coverage of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. "When people watch the Olympic Games, they increasingly do so from multiple screens — a smartphone, tablet, computer and the traditional television screen," said Robert Kiraly, Director of Broadcast and Telecommunications Operations, NBC Olympics, Inc. "AT&T supports the networking services we need to ensure our viewers will have the best experience possible, no matter their screen preference.”

In addition, members of Team USA will navigate Olympic and Paralympic events with a new Team USA Guide app developed by AT&T. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will launch the custom-built app just ahead of the Games in effort to help athletes, coaches and Team USA delegation members to communicate with each other during the games.

The key components of the app include: Calendar updates with information on dates and times of each event as well as venue or time changes; logistics around transportation schedules and updates; maps of the Olympic and Paralympic Venues, Villages and the surrounding area; communication including notifications from the USOC to members of the delegation; and a quick reference and resource guide - including  the athlete handbook, policies and procedures, and general information for Team USA delegation friends and family members.

In addition, the USOC will use a separate AT&T custom app to manage voice and data usage on their mobile phones during the Winter Games. In cooperation with the USOC, AT&T and Samsung will be giving all Team USA athletes, coaches and delegates a Samsung smartphone with custom case.

SAP/NEC
NEC and SAP AG have entered into an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement to integrate the SAP Business ByDesign  solution with its global cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) services.

The new offering, NEC Global Localization Package for SAP Business ByDesign, will leverage the ERP cloud solution from SAP and the end-to-end cloud deployment capabilities from NEC and will enable subsidiaries of large corporations and small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) to improve efficiency and gain insights into real-time enterprise-wide operations.

At the initial stage, NEC plans to roll out the new offering in key South East Asia markets.

SAP Business ByDesign has been made available on the SAP HANA  platform, delivering on the company's ongoing commitment to provide a single and unified platform for businesses to run more efficiently and effectively in the cloud.

Google/Nest
Google, Inc. has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest’s mission is to reinvent unloved but important devices in the home such as thermostats and smoke alarms. Since its launch in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has been a consistent best seller.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, "Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family. They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now—thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams!”

Tony Fadell, CEO of Nest, said: “We’re thrilled to join Google. With their support, Nest will be even better placed to build simple, thoughtful devices that make life easier at home, and that have a positive impact on the world.”
Nest will continue to operate under the leadership of Tony Fadell and with its own distinct brand identity. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the US. It is expected to close in the next few months.

Apperian
Korn Ferry, a single source of leadership and talent consulting services, has selected Apperian to deploy Forte, its mobile app for career development, using ApperianONE.  Based on Apperian’s mobile app management platform, ApperianONE provides a fast and free way for customers, such as Korn Ferry, to get an app securely into the hands of end-users with a consumer-like mobile experience that drives adoption.

This particular deployment will assist Korn Ferry with internal testing as well as controlled external pre-customer trials of its Forte app.  Andy Simmons, Senior Director of Product Development, Korn Ferry, said,  “When considering how to drive the adoption of a mobile app, ease of use is crucial. Korn Ferry has many mobile applications in our portfolio and a program like this allows us to obtain a firm grasp on what mobility management for testing should be, and how it can add value to our customers and employees.”

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