What's going on this week? Here are a few moves by the major players.
Not counting BlackBerry out, NATO has approved the BlackBerry 10 platform for classified communications. This allows agencies in all NATO countries (28 member states across North America and Europe) to use BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the office or in the field.
BlackBerry also has a win with the National Police of Colombia which is upgrading their BlackBerry smartphones and migrating to Enterprise Service 10. In addition, the German government, BSI, granted BlackBerry 10 preliminary approval for secure voice and data communication for use with the German VS-NfD classification. This is in partnership with SecuSMART.
Digital Management, Inc. (DMI) has completed the acquisition of Golden Gekko, an award-winning designer of enterprise mobile applications. This acquisition strengthens DMI¹s comprehensive suite of end-to-end mobile enterprise and Big Data solutions and services.
Golden Gekko has developed more than 1,500 mobile sites and apps in the past five years, with more than 400 in the past year alone, for top brands, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, ESPN, Mango MNG, Unilever and Toyota. The company¹s native and hybrid mobile apps development capabilities and responsive website design span every platform, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS, and Windows.
DMI wants to be "The global one-stop shop for enterprises, anything from solutions to strategy,” said CEO Sunny Bajaj to Mobile Enterprise. “This really helps us fill out the apps piece of the puzzle." In addition, DMI has acquired “a fantastic stable of talent" and has plans grow their capabilities deeper.
Breakthrough Technology Group
Breakthrough Technology Group (BTG) has acquired CelPro Associates (CelPro). The Manhattan-based firm is a mobile systems integrator, managed services provider and advisor to corporate and government clientele of nearly 20 years. The company has deployed more than 150,000 devices across North America.
“This acquisition positions BTG not only as the one-stop shop where organizations of all sizes can solve their mobility and wireless problems, but also as the most complete IT and telecom solutions provider,” said Jeff Kaplan, CEO & Founder, BTG. “Mobility is at the heart of the technical evolution, as mobile app development and deployment affects every corner of operations as part of an ongoing quest to improve productivity.”
Handheld Group has entered into a major strategic five-year agreement with a global leader in logistic solutions. According to the agreement, Handheld’s package sorting and printing device SP400X will be deployed across hundreds of package sorting facilities.
The five-year partnership with the global logistics giant is Handheld’s largest single deal to date. The end-customer is one of the world’s largest package delivery companies, and the partnership with Handheld will help them provide specialized transportation and logistics services to customers worldwide.
”We are proud to have been chosen to work together with another world-leading company,” said Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld. “Our product is a mission critical device that will help the client achieve significant productivity improvements. The SP400X imprinter is an important addition to our range of rugged mobile computers, and should be of interest to all high-volume scanning/sorting/printing applications. Potential clients include parcel delivery companies, postal agencies and logistics hubs.”