According to Berkery Noyes, an independent mid-market investment bank, “Yahoo!, with 13 transactions, was the industry’s most active acquirer in first half 2013.” The investment bank's Online and Mobile Industry report also noted that “aside from its $1.10 billion acquisition of Tumblr, Yahoo! has mainly focused on small, mobile-based transactions this year.”
What else is happening in the world of mobility? Here are some recent moves by the major players:
AirWatch has appointed Jeff Baum as managing director for its Asia Pacific region. Baum, currently based in Singapore, will manage the growing team, direct strategy, cultivate customer and partner relationships, and scale operations in the region.
“The leadership team at AirWatch has known Jeff for more than 15 years and selected him to accelerate our expansion in the region with his wealth of international experience, technical expertise, strong relationships and ability to scale market leading teams,” said John Marshall, President & CEO, AirWatch.
Despite the January 2013 announcement of the company name change shareholders only recently approved the resolution at the July 9, 2013 annual meeting.
"The name change to BlackBerry from Research In Motion comes at a pivotal moment in our company’s history," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. "BlackBerry changed the world when the first products were introduced in 1999. Today, we are charting a new course in mobile computing, creating new products and services under an integrated, branded organization. Our new name delivers on our iconic brand’s reputation for keeping people moving and productive in an ever connected world."
Brother Mobile Solutions
Brother Mobile Solutions, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brother International Corporation, has formed an alliance with Rutherford and Associates to Provide fast-paced route accounting and direct store distribution businesses with a range of versatile mobile wireless printing solutions.
Rutherford’s eoStar Route Management software is used by producers, wholesalers and distributors of soft drinks, beer, wine, and snack foods across North America.
“We are honored to be recognized by Rutherford for our line of mobile wireless enabled printers,” said David Crist, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Brother Mobile Solutions, Inc.
Fixmo has joined the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance Program to collaborate with McAfee on enterprise mobility management solutions. As part of the program, Fixmo will integrate its Enterprise Mobility Platform (EMP) with McAfee’s ePolicy Orchestrator security management software to enable IT administrators to view and act on mobile-related information and statistics collected through the EMP.
“McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator platform is the industry standard in advanced security management,” said Derek Peper, Vice President of Business Development at Fixmo. “We are incredibly pleased to be joining the SIA program and collaborating with McAfee to deliver additional functionality and a single point of control for security management for customers who use ePolicy Orchestrator software.”
SAP America, Inc., a subsidiary of SAP AG, has partnered with Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Inc. and the City of San Jose to "transform the fan experience" at the newly named SAP Center at San Jose.
At a unveiling ceremony this week, officials revealed the new arena brand and outlined a vision to make the location a showcase of innovative technology to help bring fans closer to the games and events. Officials demonstrated the partnership's benefits to the local community, announcing plans to dedicate proceeds from the five-year agreement to the San Jose Sharks Foundation and staging a volunteer bike-building event to benefit underprivileged families in the San Jose area.
"The SAP Center is the sports, cultural and entertainment center for the entire San Jose community," said Bill McDermott, co-CEO, SAP AG. "As we continue to grow our presence in Silicon Valley, SAP is honored to join the City and the Sharks in continuing the competitive spirit, special traditions and proud legacies that bring the arena to life. Together, we plan to create an innovative 'think tank' using technology to enhance the fan experience and help create memories that last a lifetime."
Sprint has completed its transaction to acquire 100% ownership of Clearwire. The merger agreement was first announced on December 17, 2012. Clearwire shareholders approved the transaction at a special meeting of stockholders held on July 8, 2013. As a result of the completion of the transaction, the common stock of Clearwire will no longer be listed for trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Sophos’ Mobile Control 3.5, a mobile device management (MDM) solution, now has support for Windows Phone 8. Available both on-premise and as-a-service, the solution is designed to “make it simple” for small and mid-market organizations to secure, monitor and control mobile devices.
Cadec Global, a fleet management solution firm, has partnered with ORTEC, a supply chain software provider. The agreement enables ORTEC to resell Cadec’s PowerVue software and on-board computers.
“We’re excited to be working with Cadec, which has a long history of innovation in fleet management, and proud to make Cadec’s PowerVue and hardware solutions available to our customer base,” said Jeff Wilson, President, ORTEC North America.
Kymeta Corporation has closed a $50 million Series C financing to accelerate the company’s growth plans. The privately held technology company designs and manufactures satellite communication antennas and systems. Existing Kymeta investors including Bill Gates, Lux Capital and Liberty Global were joined in the financing by Osage University Partners and The Kresge Foundation.
“We are fortunate to have earned this level of sponsorship,” said Vern Fotheringham, CEO, Kymeta. “It is a clear testament to the progress we’ve made to date proving our unique technology is poised to make significant contributions to the advancement of global broadband connectivity enabling high-speed communication services to businesses, consumers, governments and NGOs regardless of their location worldwide.”
In addition, Bob McCambridge has been promoted to president and chief operating officer, co-founder Dr. Nathan Kundtz was promoted to executive vice president and chief technology officer, and John Schilling to executive vice president and chief financial officer.
What’s happening in the world of mobility? Here are this week’s moves by the major players:
Orange Business Services has partnered with MobileIron to launch a new enterprise solution that helps multinational corporations manage their mobile devices. Called Device Management Premium, this managed services solution can secure smartphones and tablets for fleets of more than 300 devices anywhere in the world. With tools for managing mobile applications and content, fleet managers can control access to corporate applications and data sensitive documents, regardless if it’s a personal or corporate-issued device.
“A mobile deployment used to mean the company issued 200 smartphones to executives,” said Bob Tinker, CEO, MobileIron. “Now, it means that every employee in a Global 2000 company is using mobile apps and accessing corporate content via a mobile device that may or may not be owned by the company. Enterprise mobility is complex and our partnership with Orange Business Services brings together the top technology and services that MNCs need to be able to make mobile a primary computing platform.”
AT&T plans on opening innovation centers in Atlanta, GA and Plano, TX. “AT&T is showing industry leadership through its ongoing investment in its Foundry program,” said Brian Partridge, VP, Yankee Group.
“The current leader in amassing M2M connections to its network, AT&T is signaling its intent to accelerate its role as an innovation catalyst," Partridge said. "AT&T Foundries are designed to create a work environment that fosters rapid development and open collaboration. To that end, the floor space and work areas are open with plenty of whiteboards and brainstorming areas—all meant to encourage the shared ideation among AT&T technicians, students, entrepreneurs, sponsor companies, startups and others.”
Cheetah Software Services, Inc., a cloud-based transportation logistics solutions provider, has become a Samsung partner. The company provides dynamic, optimized vehicle routing that continuously adjusts to changing conditions, automated dispatch and customer service, and access to real-time supply chain information across an organization.
As a Silver Partner in the Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program (SEAP), Cheetah will receive enhanced technical and product support on Samsung products, and provide deeper integration with devices by utilizing Samsung’s proprietary API’s on the Android platform. In addition, Cheetah will also be able to work with Samsung’s local and global sales and marketing organization.
“Becoming a Samsung Silver Partner is an exciting step for Cheetah, giving us more access to better resources for building powerful and innovative mobile solutions,” said Jeff Groenke, Cheetah’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “We’ve enjoyed excellent results in working with Samsung smartphones and tablets, and can look forward to accomplishing even deeper integration, resulting in better and more efficient applications for our customers.”
AirWatch has just acquired Motorola Solutions’ Mobility Services Platform (MSP) business. “With MSP, AirWatch gets a fully featured product line for enterprise mobile computers and a talented team with tremendous domain expertise,” said Girish Rishi, Senior VP, Enterprise Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “AirWatch will provide size, scalability and significant investment in this space, which will benefit our MSP customers. Motorola Solutions and AirWatch will collaborate to ensure that the product support transition is seamless.”
In other news this week, the Motorola Solutions’ AirDefense Services Platform has been approved to protect U.S. Department of Defense wireless networks from attacks, intruders and rogue devices. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) added the platform to its Unified Capabilities-Approved Products List (UC-APL) which identifies equipment that is certified to be compliant with the Defense Department’s security and interoperability standards.
AirDefense, featuring a wireless intrusion detection solution (WIDS) that identifies and prohibits unauthorized users and devices from connecting to a wireless network, has been broadly deployed throughout the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, unified combatant commands, defense agencies and intelligence organizations, and civilian federal government agencies.
Siemens Enterprise Communications
Invoxia has the joined Siemens Enterprise Communications’ Technology Partner Program, which enables vendors to achieve and prove compatibility with the open interfaces of OpenScape solutions via access to product specifications and a framework for interoperability-testing. As a member, Invoxia, a high-tech company specializing in quality telecommunication devices, has worked closely with Siemens Enterprise Communications developers to ensure optimum interoperability of Audioffice with the OpenScape Mobility solutions.
Randy Roberts, Vice President, Mobile Portfolio, Siemens Enterprise Communications, said, “Collaborating with Invoxia enables Siemens Enterprise Communications to provide customers with an innovative solution to address the BYOD trend. OpenScape Mobility and Invoxia Audioffice make it easy for users to continue to use their preferred mobile device in any environment while still enjoying excellent audio quality and connections.”
Lawrence Schwartz has been appointed Vice President of Marketing at Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions. In this role, effective immediately, Schwartz is responsible for all aspects of marketing and sales enablement. He will focus on driving strong demand generation and brand awareness as the company positions itself for growth in the data replication and cloud computing markets.
Schwartz joins Attunity with 20 years of experience in data and information systems, including positions with Tokutek and E Ink Corporation. He holds a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, as well as a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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