Mobile Industry on the Move July 5

— July 05, 2014

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

AT&T appointed Glenn Hutchins to its board of directors, where he will serve on the Corporate Development & Finance Committee.
"Glenn is one of the world's pre-eminent technology investors and will be a terrific addition to our board," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. "His deep expertise in technology and finance, combined with his public policy acumen, will be incredibly valuable to AT&T."

Hutchins’ career spans thirty years in finance and technology. He co-founded technology investment firm, Silver Lake, in 1999. Previously, he has served as a special advisor on economic and healthcare policy to President Bill Clinton. He is a director of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. and serves on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Motorola and Swirl Networks
Swirl Networks Inc., provider of enterprise-class beacon marketing platform, has entered into a strategic relationship with Motorola Solutions. Both companies will collaborate in areas of product, sales and services to support iBeacon technology rollouts in large-scale retail environments.

"We are excited to work with Swirl to bring enterprise-class beacon marketing capabilities to large-scale retailers," said Imran Akbar, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Networks & Communications, Motorola Solutions. "As Motorola Solutions continues to enhance the in-store experience for shoppers, Swirl’s robust software for creating, managing and optimizing in-store mobile marketing campaigns makes for an ideal relationship."

IBM and Applause
Applause announced an ongoing tech collaboration with IBM.  Both firms have co-developed mobile app quality solutions that enable companies to improve app quality and empower their mobile users—both on-premise and cloud-based.

Applause worked closely with IBM's MobileFirst and Rational Software technology teams to develop solutions that help companies better achieve mobile app quality that aligns with users' perspectives. They will also collaborate on thought leadership activities to advance the market's knowledge around the value of user-centric app quality across the software development lifecycle.

"In the past year, we've discovered that IBM and Applause share a worldview about the growing criticality of application quality," said Applause CEO, Doron Reuveni. "In the apps economy, users decide which apps, brands and businesses win, and which ones lose. Working with IBM to advance the market's understanding of 360° mobile app quality will help companies launch better mobile experiences and beat their competition."

Gartner has acquired Senexx, a cloud-based Q&A platform that identifies and manages expertise within organizations.

Gartner will leverage Senexx’s expertise to enhance its web search capability and augment its content recommendation engine and proprietary social platforms—strengthening the overall value Gartner provides to its clients worldwide.

"We have a high regard for the intellectual property and business Senexx has built since it was founded in 2011," said Gene Hall, CEO, Gartner. "We will work with Senexx’s talented leadership team to invest in the development of their innovative platform to benefit our clients while minimizing disruption to their business throughout the integration process."  

SAP and Databricks
Databricks, a company founded by Apache Spark, announced a new partnership with SAP to deliver a Databricks-certified Apache Spark distribution offering for the SAP HANA platform.  

The collaboration will help enable real-time apps and interactive analysis across corporate application data with content stored in Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Developers and data scientists can also benefit from end-to-end data processing acceleration in SAP HANA by leveraging its comprehensive suite of in-memory engines and libraries for transactional apps, analytics, predictive, machine learning, text, graph and geospatial analysis—this will help simplify the integration of mission-critical apps with contextual data.

"We're thrilled to be embarking on this journey with SAP to bring together two powerful technologies to better enable enterprises to derive value from their data," said Ion Stoica, CEO of Databricks. "SAP HANA is both an incredibly powerful and fast analytics engine, as well as a repository for some of the most valuable enterprise data by virtue of the enterprise apps that it helps run. This integration will help enable the large and growing community of Hadoop and Spark developers and apps to harness these capabilities immediately via Spark as well as extend the reach of SAP HANA."

GLOBO has acquired Sourcebits—a designer and developer of mobile apps for enterprise customers. The acquisition will strengthen GLOBO's mobile app development capabilities and enhances its competitiveness in enterprise and consumer apps.

Sourcebits’ developer resources and skills, and app design expertise add to GLOBO's product proposition that merges enterprise mobility management (EMM) with the company's mobile app development platform (MADP.)  It expands Globo’s operations in North America, and adds another revenue stream that comes from offering professional services in mobile app design, development and consulting.

Costis Papadimitrakopoulos, CEO of GLOBO, stated, "Enterprise mobility has moved beyond device, data and app management. Today's customers also want a rich user experience and an elegant user interface. Now, with Sourcebits, GLOBO can excel in meeting customer demands for mobile application design and development. Most importantly, this gives us a sought after competitive edge."


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