Mobile Industry on the Move June 28

— June 28, 2014

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

Verizon and VMware
Verizon and VMware are expanding their strategic relationship to include mobile security and enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions. As part of Verizon's mobile device management (MDM) portfolio, the company will now be offering AirWatch by VMware.

"As enterprises respond to changing employee demographics and expectations, we continue to build out our MDM portfolio to offer customers choices that drive business efficiency and employee engagement," said John Harrobin, chief marketing officer, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Our relationship with VMware brings advanced enterprise mobility solutions to organizations across a number of sectors."

Intel
Intel appointed Aneel Bhusri to serve on the company's board of directors. Bhusri co-founded Workday, Inc. in 2005—a provider of enterprise cloud apps for human resources and finance—and served as its co-chief executive officer from 2009 and chairman from 2012, until May of 2014 when he was named CEO.

In addition, he serves as a partner at Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm. Previously, he held a number of leadership positions at PeopleSoft, including SVP, product strategy, business development and marketing, and vice chairman of the board.

"We are very pleased to have Aneel Bhusri as an Intel director," said Andy Bryant, chairman of the board of Intel. "His more than 20 years' experience in enterprise software innovation and cloud computing will increase our board's depth in areas that are key to Intel's business and crucial in today's connected world."

Oracle
Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire LiveLOOK, a provider of real-time, visual collaboration technology for co-browsing and screen sharing that enables customer service and sales agents to collaborate and visually guide consumers through web and mobile environments.

"Consumers are increasingly conducting transactions across multiple digital channels such as web and mobile. Meeting consumer demands and exceeding their expectations for web and mobile service and support will improve customer satisfaction and enhance revenue," said David Vap, Group VP, Oracle Product Development. "With LiveLOOK, the Oracle Service Cloud will enable customer service and sales agents to deliver exceptional customer experiences."

IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) has hired Stephen Elliot as VP of the IT Infrastructure and Cloud practice on the CIO Agenda research team. The team provides IT executives and their staff with the strategies, proven best practices, peer benchmarks, insights and advisory support to unlock the potential of organizations and their leaders.

Elliot will be responsible for advising enterprise IT organizations and the investment community on DevOps, private and hybrid clouds, automation, virtualization, IT operations and software-defined data centers.

"IDC's rapid growth in advising enterprise IT organizations and their use of third platform technologies across staffing, processes, and datacenter technologies, requires a balance of business and technology acumen. Stephen has the skill set, the strong background, passion, and the know-how to create unique insights that help our clients transform operations and drive business leadership," said Joseph Pucciarelli, IDC Vice President and IT Executive Advisor.

Elliot's work experience includes various leadership roles at CA Technologies including: VP of Strategy for the Infrastructure Management and Data Center Automation business unit; product management for the VCE relationship; and developing strategic initiatives as part of the Corporate Strategy team. In these roles, he provided tactical advice to customers that wanted to accelerate their path towards the cloud, software defined data centers, and DevOps.  

Prior to CA Technologies, he was a software industry analyst at IDC, Gartner and Forrester—where he advised IT executives, vendors and the financial community on IT operations, virtualization, automation, and network and application management. He also served as a product marketing manager at Inteq, an early provider of SaaS-based network monitoring and service desk capabilities, helping customers understand the business value of the SaaS delivery model.
 
Indeed
Job site Indeed, has agreed to acquire MoBolt, a provider of mobile job application technology. In June 2014, Indeed’s job search data showed that nearly 50% of all job seekers are looking for and applying to jobs through a mobile device. With this acquisition, Indeed will enable employers worldwide to take advantage of this shift and to accept job applications through a mobile device—without any infrastructure upgrades or IT integration.

"Mobile job search is not a thing of the future, it is a reality today. A majority of job seekers around the world find jobs on a mobile device, but only a fraction of employers allow them to apply right there and then. The best talent will not wait to apply later—they will simply move on to another opportunity. MoBolt enables any employer to leap frog this road block and access every candidate," said Chris Hyams, Senior Vice President, Product and International at Indeed.

"Only 10% of Fortune 500 companies have a mobile friendly application process. For those who do, 30% of candidates who intend to apply leave at the first step—user login. The end result is millions of wasted marketing dollars, unfilled jobs, and a poor job seeker experience. It is critical that companies mobilize and simplify their existing job application process to gain a competitive advantage in the talent war," said Kshitij "KJ" Jain, Founder and CEO of MoBolt.

Nest Labs
Nest Labs, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Dropcam for $555 million in cash—subject to adjustments.

Nest founder and head of engineering, Matt Rogers, blogged on June 20, "We have some exciting news to share: Nest is acquiring Dropcam." He said they spent a lot of time looking at camera companies and technologies around the world before making the decision. Dropcam lets you check in on your home, no matter where you are.

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