Mobile Industry on the Move May 3

— May 03, 2014

Things keep changing; here is what you might have missed in mobile last week.

Sprint
As reported by Reuters, Sprint Corp. is searching for funding to continue its bid for T-Mobile. According to the article, “Bloomberg, which first reported that Sprint was in talks with banks on Thursday [April 30] morning in Asia, said the carrier was also talking to Mizuho Financial Group Ltd and Citibank. Softbank is expected to make a formal offer in June or July, Bloomberg added. Sprint spokeswoman Roni Singleton told Reuters the company does not comment on rumors and speculation. T-Mobile and SoftBank both declined to comment on the Bloomberg report.”

Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere, however, continues to brag about his company, tweeting on Friday, May 1, “We have outpaced the competition AGAIN—12 times over! I shit you not! http://bit.ly/1fzzb0z.”

Sprint faces regulatory challenges to the acquisition as carrier consolidation is opposed in the U.S.

Nokia
Having completed the sale of substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft on April 25, 2014, Nokia announced:

  • The appointment of Rajeev Suri as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2014

  • A vision to be a leader in technologies important in a connected world

  • A strategy to realize that vision by building on Nokia's three strong businesses in networks, location and technologies

  • Plans for a EUR 5 billion program to optimize its capital structure, including the Nokia Board's proposal to the Annual General Meeting 2014 for the dividend and for an authorization for the Board to repurchase shares, new governance structure and the appointment of a new leadership team, effective May 1, 2014.

Rajeev Suri was appointed President and CEO of Nokia Corporation. He joined Nokia in 1995 and has held a wide range of leadership positions in the company. Since October of 2009, he has served as CEO of NSN, the former joint venture between Nokia and Siemens that is now fully owned by Nokia. During his tenure as CEO, that business went through a radical transformation to become one of the leaders in the telecommunications infrastructure industry.

“I am honored to have been asked to take this role, and excited about the possibilities that lie in our future," said Rajeev Suri. "Nokia, with its deep experience in connecting people and its three strong businesses, is well-positioned to tap new opportunities during this time of technological change. I look forward to working with the entire Nokia team as we embark on this exciting journey.”

Nokia believes that over the next 10 years, billions of connected devices will converge into intelligent and programmable systems that will have the potential to improve lives in a vast number of areas: time and availability, transportation and resource consumption, learning and work, health and wellness, and many more.

This new world of technology will require 1) connectivity capable of handling massive numbers of devices and exponential increases in data traffic; 2) location services that seamlessly bridge between the real and virtual worlds; and 3) innovation, including sensing, radio and low power technologies. Nokia's vision is to be a leader over the long term in these three areas.

"The world of technology is on the verge of a change that we believe will be as profound as the creation of the internet" said Suri. "With our three strong businesses – Networks, HERE and Technologies – and position as one of the world's largest software companies, we are well placed to meet our goal to be a leader in the technologies for a world where everybody and everything is connected."

Kony
David J. Shirk was named executive vice president and chief marketing officer, for Kony, Inc., reporting to Thomas E. Hogan, chief executive officer. In his new role, Shirk will oversee all aspects of the company’s global marketing efforts. Shirk brings a wealth of marketing and technology experience to Kony’s growing team, having served in executive-level roles at HP, UGS, Siemens, CSC, Vignette, Novell and Oracle.

Shirk has more than 25 years of experience in the marketing and technology industry. Before joining Kony, Shirk served as vice president and general manager at CSC, where he led the $2 billion industry software, services, business process outsourcing division for the company. Prior to joining CSC, Shirk was senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, HP Enterprise Business. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of marketing for HP’s $57 billion Enterprise Hardware, Software and Services Business. He has also held key executive roles at Siemens, where he served as executive vice president of Global Marketing and Communications, and UGS Corp, where he was CMO and executive vice president. Shirk’s impressive experience also includes leadership positions at Vignette, Novell and Oracle. In each role, he was successful in creating and driving strategies, product innovation, programs and teams that drove revenue growth and market leadership.

“Mobile technologies are fundamentally transforming the way that organizations around the world do business,” said Shirk. “This is an incredibly powerful and exciting story to tell and with hundreds of enterprise customers and 20 million mobile app users every day, Kony is in the perfect position to tell that story and showcase how organizations can turn the promise of enterprise mobility into reality. Working closely with the product and sales teams, I am very excited to help Kony build on its incredible success and strengthen its position as the recognized leader in enterprise mobility.”

Motorola Solutions
Through its strategic investment arm Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Motorola Solutions, has announced an investment in B2M Solutions, a provider of mobile device analytics and process optimization software for enterprise customers. The funds will be used to expand B2M’s marketing and sales activities.

“Today, mobile analytics primarily focus on the data that is captured within an application. B2M offers the ability to provide analytics at the device level, as well as the system and infrastructure levels,” said Tony Palcheck, managing director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. “B2M’s ability to combine application analytics with lower-level, detailed data on the overall system gives business managers new insight into the utilization and effectiveness of mobile devices in their operations, and provides keen insights for how to improve those operations.”

B2M Solutions CEO Julie Purves said, “We believe the strategic investment from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital will help accelerate the adoption of our optimization and analytics solutions for mobile enterprise deployments. Agility, adaptability and customer-driven learning help us deliver mission-critical mobile solutions that demonstrate real value across end-users, processes and the entire mobile ecosystem.”

B2M’s cloud-based Elemez mobility solution was built to optimize the mobile device and the processes controlling it. With the B2M Elemez product and its integration into the corresponding backend operational systems, business managers are able to receive real-time, mission-relevant data and analysis to make more informed business decisions that improve worker productivity, processes and revenue potential.

B2M Elemez incorporates device-specific analytics such as signal strength, battery utilization and application utilization, customized to the OEM device. By collecting and analyzing this data over a period of time and specific groups of devices, managers can spot patterns of failures and issues. Armed with this information, proactive action can be taken to quickly isolate, fix and even predict issues while devices continue operating in the field. 

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