What's happening in the world of mobility? Here are this week's moves by the major players.
AT&T has partnered with SAP AG to simplify the enterprise mobile lifecycle including mobile application development, mobile security and management for businesses. The comprehensive suite from SAP is expected to be available to AT&T business customers in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Utilizing the SAP Mobile Platform, AT&T customers can develop, launch, distribute and manage mobile apps, content and devices that integrate with existing infrastructures, including both SAP as well as non-SAP back-end systems.
“Mobilizing business processes is a top priority for our customers. They’re focused on mobile applications that go beyond voice, data and email that truly change the way they work,” said Chris Hill, Senior Vice President, Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. “In collaboration with SAP, we can help businesses achieve new levels of productivity and innovation.”
In other AT&T news, Air China is focusing on developing its long-haul international routes, with the help of AT&T's specialist consultancy support. AT&T will help Air China develop a five-year roadmap for mobile communications and technology. The provider will make recommendations in a five-year plan that details how mobile technologies and procedures can be implemented to deliver superior customer service and generate revenue.
Former Qualcomm and XATA executive Tom Flies has joined Cadec Global as Chief Operating Officer. Flies has worked in marketing, business and product development for the past 20 years, and has deep, hands-on experience helping fleet management companies develop innovative products and strategies to help fleets improve efficiency, ensure compliance and increase safety.
In his new role, Flies will be responsible for the strategic vision for Cadec’s enterprise-class technology solutions, including Marketing, Product Management and Product Development.
“Cadec is continuing its momentum of adding senior, experienced fleet management professionals to our team so we can bring the best expertise to our customers, whether that’s in engineering, customer support, or product innovation,” said Pete Allen, CEO. “Tom’s experience in product development and strategic partnerships will help Cadec ensure that our solutions continue to meet the compliance, operational efficiency and safety needs of today’s enterprise fleets.”
iCore Networks is partnering with Intelisys, a technology services distributor, in VAR recruitment efforts as well as acting as a sponsor for a Cloud Services University.
“iCore has primarily sold through a direct sales methodology,” said Michael Bertamini, Senior Vice President of Sales, iCore Networks. “Our partnership with one of the most respected Master Agencies demonstrates our commitment to the channel community. We are thrilled to be a part of Cloud Services University.”
As part of the agreement, iCore will provide Intelisys’ Sales Partners with Unified Communications as-a-service, cloud-based solutions. These solutions include cloud applications on demand (Exchange, Sharepoint, Lync), public, private and hybrid clouds, virtual infrastructure, voice as an application, unified messaging, mobile applications and convergence tools and infrastructure management and web security.
“Our goal with Intelisys’ Cloud Services University is to equip our Sales Partners with the effective tools and the practical knowledge they need to successfully sell Cloud,” said Andrew Pryfogle, SVP & GM of Cloud Services & Complex Bids, Intelisys. “With iCore joining our University faculty, they will be contributing enormous depth and expertise from which our sales partner community will hugely benefit."
Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services and Ericsson have entered into a strategic agreement to better serve the growing global M2M market and to respond to multi-domestic needs.
"Orange Business Services has been investing in the Internet of Things for many years with the ambition to be a key player in the global M2M market,” said Thierry Bonhomme, CEO, Orange Business Services. “We continue to enrich our M2M portfolio to provide market-leading services to international companies. This agreement with Ericsson is another step in our global approach to M2M offers and in building an ecosystem of selected partners to the benefit of our customers.”
"We are excited to partner with Orange and together with them execute our Networked Society vision and tap into the 50 billion connected devices potential in the coming years,” said Johan Wibergh, Executive Vice President & Head of BU Networks, Ericsson. “Ericsson Device Connection Platform is a key element in achieving this vision, which benefits from our R&D capabilities and in which we heavily invest. Orange will also benefit from Ericsson’s strong local presence and ecosystem around the world to accelerate business momentum.”