Mobile Industry on the Move November 9

— November 09, 2013

Bye, bye BlackBerry? CEO Thorsten Heins is out, John Chen is in. (Chen will also serve as executive chair of the company’s board.) Market share is shrinking and shares are dropping, following news that BlackBerry has given up on finding a buyer; instead, Fairfax Financial Holdings will invest $1 billion.

In the meantime, what else is going on in the world of mobility? Here are the moves by the major players.

Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.
Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., has aligned with Telepathy Inc., a Sunnyvale, California based company, to conduct a feasibility study for commercialization of wearable devices in the enterprise (B2B) market, including applications and an applications development platform.

Under this partnership, Telepathy will provide technical specifications to Hitachi Solutions for the development and manufacturing of Telepathy One. The two companies will jointly conduct the market research to determine the needs of business applications that take advantage of “Telepathy One” in Japan, the United States and Europe. 

Hitachi Solutions will consider applications for industry including inventory management and logistics for retail and service industries, and applications for factories and warehouses.  Based on the results of the market research, the company plans to develop a platform which links “Telepathy One” to enterprise information technology systems, and to develop the business applications which run on the platform.

Tech Data Corporation
Tech Data Corporation has acquired Brightstar Corp.'s 50% ownership interest in TDMobility. The business unit, which formed as a U.S. joint venture between Tech Data Corporation and Brightstar in April 2011, offers solution providers the infrastructure needed to simplify entry into the mobile market.

"Mobility is an important element of our diversification strategy and TDMobility's unique capabilities provide value-added resellers with a simple platform from which to offer a complete mobility solution to end users,” said Joe Quaglia, Senior Vice President, U.S. Marketing, and president, TDMobility. “We thank Brightstar for its partnership in helping to establish and expand the joint venture."

Tangoe
Tangoe, Inc. is expanding even further into the Latin America region with a new entity in Brazil. The company’s continued focus on LATAM is a result of the growth of enterprise-connected mobile devices in the region and high demand for fixed and mobile communications management solutions.

“The mobile challenge is something that all enterprises are trying to tackle globally and the Latin America region is no different,” said Luis Crespo, SVP, Latin America, Tangoe. “Establishing Tangoe Do Brasil Serviços Tecnológicos Ltda was the next step in showing our commitment to our employees, customers and partners in the region.”

With more than 92 communications invoice receipt centers and 15 offices around the globe, Tangoe helps enterprises manage and optimize their communications environments in approximately 200 countries and territories. Tangoe’s LATAM operations currently support 12 countries with sales and support staff based in Mexico City, Mexico, Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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