AT&T Re-Orgs Enterprise Mobility, Expands Device Mngt. Services

By Evan Koblentz — May 18, 2010

AT&T is reorganizing its mobile business software division with a focus on expediting application development -- a common problem acknowledged by AT&T's own technologists last year.
 
The new division is called Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, reporting to AT&T's Business Solutions unit. Its purpose is "to accelerate the delivery" of mobile business software, officials said.
 
"The unit will work with developers and third-party providers to help co-innovate and deliver applications in a network and cloud-based environment," officials said.
 
It will be led by AT&T veteran Michael Antieri. According to his public LinkedIn profile, Antieri was previously senior vice president for application solutions at AT&T Global Services, and ran consumer marketing before that. He has an MBA from M.I.T.'s Sloan School.
 
AT&T added that its business subscribership tripled in the past two years and increased 60 percent in the last year.
 
The move comes on the heels of SAP acquiring mobile enterprise development leader Sybase for $5.8 billion last week and also investing several million into another mobile development specialist, Spring Wireless.  It now may be even more likely for AT&T to respond by picking up existing partner Antenna Software -- if Apple doesn't grab that company first.
 
Seperately, AT&T also said it's formalizing and expanding its device management services for global customers 10,000 users. Such services were already available on a custom basis, and include multicarrier management and consolidation; technical support; policy enforcement; and expense management.
 

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