Mobile Industry on the Move May 31

— May 31, 2014

Of course it’s moving—it’s mobile! Here’s some moves from last week.

Microsoft Corp. and announced a strategic partnership to create new solutions that connect’s customer relationship management (CRM) apps and platform to Microsoft Office and Windows so customers can be more productive.

“We are excited to partner with and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Working together we’ll deliver new solutions that connect the customer insights of Salesforce to the cloud productivity of Office 365, the cloud platform of Azure and the mobility of Windows, so our customers can do more.”

“Today is about putting the customer first,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, “Together with Microsoft, we are building bridges that allow customers to be more productive.”

The companies plan to deliver Salesforce1 for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 and Salesforce for Office 365.

Samsung Electronics appointed Matthew Smith as vice president of sales and marketing, printing solutions, where he joins as a member of its Enterprise Business Division leadership team—his responsibilities include, managing B2B sales, fostering channel relationships and driving market share growth for the Samsung print business.

Smith will focus on driving sales and market share growth, and will also serve as a conduit for Samsung’s channel partners—tasked with ensuring alignment on business objectives and facilitating an understanding of the unique needs of this business area.

“Matthew brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge that will be incredibly valuable as we continue to deliver an enhanced business experience, a significant part of which is printing solutions,” said Tod Pike, senior vice president at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “We look forward to his expertise and a fresh perspective as we evolve our B2B print offerings and deliver on our vision of providing smarter, more connected and cost-effective technology experiences.”

Prior to Samsung, Smith was responsible for channel marketing, marketing development, and communications for Print and PC, for the United States and Canada at HP. He is a graduate of Purdue University and holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

As part of its efforts to accelerate its digital transformation, Target has formed a Digital Advisory Council—a panel of technology industry members who will help guide the corporation’s omnichannel strategies and push them to innovate faster, and discover new ways to leverage technology to enhance the guest experience—both online and in stores.

Council members include:
• Ajay Agarwal, Managing Director of Bain Capital Ventures
• Amy Chang, CEO/Co-Founder of Accompani, formerly led Google Analytics
• Roger Liew, Chief Technology Officer of Orbitz Worldwide
• Sam Yagan, CEO of the Match Group and CEO/Founder of OkCupid

“We believe this council can play an important role in Target’s digital transformation—one of our top priorities as a company,” said Casey Carl, president of Omnichannel, Target. “This new group is bringing their tremendous talents and experience to help guide Target’s strategies and tactics. They’re also providing fresh, disruptive ideas that will help us re-invent the Target run for tomorrow’s guests.”

In addition to the new council, Target plans to hire at least 50 new software engineers this year for and Mobile product teams. The engineers will be primarily based in Minneapolis along with new engineers based in San Francisco, where they will work as part of the company’s new digital product teams.

In the past year, Target has launched a number of successful digital initiatives, including the mobile coupon app Cartwheel, Target Subscriptions and Store Pickup, which enables guests to buy online at and pickup in a store. Now, the organization is enhancing and expanding these services while also beginning to test new offerings like same-day delivery and the ability to ship online orders from stores.

The official Symantec blog of May 28 stated, “One of the primary reasons enterprises adopt mobility is to improve collaboration and out-of-office productivity. That makes business email the first and most widely adopted mobile application, and consequently most of our customer conversations start with ‘How do we enable secure mobile email?’”

To that end, the company announced  it acquired NitroDesk—“to better serve our customers with a differentiated email product today, and to broaden our capabilities in productivity tomorrow.” NitroDesk TouchDown is a popular mobile email application in the enterprise space.

Symantec  called this move a significant step for its mobile team.

Accellion Inc. joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a non-profit organization that promotes the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing and offers education on the uses of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing.

"Enabling enterprise organizations to benefit from the scalability and flexibility that cloud computing provides, while ensuring information security, is an essential part of Accellion's vision," said Paula Skokowski, CMO of Accellion. "By joining the CSA, we will support the creation of best practices and technology standards in the cloud industry, so that enterprises can securely utilize cloud technology to increase business productivity."

Hollie Castro was appointed executive vice president of human resources at Kony; she has more than 20 years of experience successfully defining and executing key operational areas for growing technology companies.

Prior to joining Kony, Castro served as senior vice president of Administration at BMC Software, where she lead 13 acquisitions and 3 divestitures, and was responsible for global human resources, real estate and facilities, government and community affairs and employee and executive communication. Prior to BMC, Castro held HR leadership positions at Talisman-Energy, Cisco Systems, General Electric and IBM.

“Leadership and innovation in mobility starts and stops with the quality and commitment of your people,” said Thomas E. Hogan, chief executive officer of Kony.  “The employees at Kony are our most treasured resource.  To ensure we continue to retain, attract, align, grow, motivate, and reward our people, we sought and found one of the industries most accomplished human resources executives.  Hollie brings a rich history of success with human capital, as well as a range of operational experience that will complement the best in class leadership team we are assembling.  I am thrilled to add Hollie to our team and know she will play a critical role in Kony’s continued growth.”


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