April 9, 2010
AT&T is planning a $1 billion investment into its network and new partnerships with system integration technologies, while emphasizing the benefits
for users of cloud services, enterprise mobility, and vertical applications.
On the enterprise front, AT&T is spotlighting existing WiFi and future LTE (4G) services which also include machine-to-machine applications and
unspecified "integrated network solutions," according a company statement this week.
Officials last fall said
designing a mobile enterprise application is complicated and business customers don't do enough homework before starting
Now, "These solutions will simplify application delivery for enterprises by offering a scalable and robust fully managed solution, combined
with professional services, hosting, and developer tools," said Cindy Zanelli, executive director, product marketing management, in a statement
emailed to Mobilizing Biz Apps today. She did not elaborate on how such offerings change or expand AT&T's current products and services.
Steve Hilton, of Analysis Mason, said he thinks AT&T will proceed by expanding their application development partnerships beyond the current trio
of Antenna Software, Pyxis Mobile, and Spring Wireless.
Direct acquisitions are unlikely, however, "I think they are still on the market for other application platform companies. I think we're at the beginning,"
In vertical markets, AT&T plans to bolster is focus on mobile healthcare and smart grid applications, officials said. Other verticals targeted in the
investment are education, finance, government, manufacturing, and retail.