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Author: Brandon Hill

Oracle OpenWorld (With Videos) – Add Voice to Oracle WMS Transactions

Greetings! We’ve been on the road for the past few weeks, including our annual trip to Oracle OpenWorld. This year we were demonstrating Speakeasy, and how you can quickly and easily add voice to Oracle WMS transactions. In addition to adding voice to other common transactions, such as those currently utilizing Wavelink Terminal Emulation and SAP, enterprises using Oracle as their preferred WMS solution can now voice enable tasks. We had a chance to film a few short demo’s, which are below, as well as some photos from the show.

Check them out and tell us what you think! If you were also at Oracle, tell us what you found interesting at this years show!

 

How Seriously Are Your Employees Taking Smartphone Security?

A team member from our Seattle office shared this link about a recent study that might raise some eyebrows for any company utilizing smartphones. The first paragraph summarizes nicely;

Nearly 40 percent of smartphone users say they’re worried about security, including harmful apps, malicious emails and having their locations tracked and activities monitored. But 82 percent of them are not using security apps for their cellphones.

Let that sink in for a minute. Think about what corporate information is available on those phones. How many of your employee’s are using their smartphones to access work tasks, such as email? What would happen if that information ever got into the hands of someone it’s not supposed to?

It’s just another example of what IT professionals are dealing with these days, amidst the proliferation of mobile devices in the enterprise. Further, if you’re interested in the subject of smartphone management, check out our upcoming webinar that should prove pretty insightful on smartphone management, monitoring and securing.

 

 

100th Post! WLAN Revenues Up Almost 30%

Welcome to our 100th post here on the Wavelink Blog. We’ve been increasing page views every week since we started this blog, almost two years ago. Thanks for your continued interest in our topics and news here!

Today’s post looks at the rise in revenue in the WLAN market during 2010. Companies like Cisco, Meru, Aruba, HP, etc. saw excellent growth in 2010, and as the article states, is largely due to the rise in smartphones and tablets. Here’s a look at some of the numbers;

IDC analysts [Sept. 1] said that in the second quarter, WLAN revenue grew 29.7 percent over the same period in 2010, jumping to $1.52 billion, with the enterprise WLAN segment growing 43.4 percent to almost $725 million in that interval.

That’s great news and highlights that while focus has shifted to wireless wide-area networks, wireless LAN infrastructure is still very much alive in the mobile enterprise. Coupled with the growth that’s expected to continue with smartphones and tablets in the wireless ecosystem, WLAN vendors seem prime for good revenue.

Ford, Bring-Your-Own-Device, and Consumerization of IT

We’ve been hearing a lot of talk about bring-your-own-device strategies (BYOD) and the ongoing process of consumerization of IT, but I found a good write-up/interview with Ford’s senior network engineer about the company’s plan to introduce more than 70,000 individual and corporate-liable devices. This is the second part of the interview, but you can access both from the link. It’s got a lot of really compelling information on the inherent issues of BYOD and IT consumerization. Check it out and share your thoughts with us in the comments, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Lowering the Total Cost of Ownership with MDM – White Paper

Mobile Device Management White Paper via Intermec

Greetings everyone!

I wanted to share a link for a white paper on lowering the total cost of ownership with a mobile device management solution. The white paper was done with one of our device manufacture partners, Intermec.

The link is via Field Technologies Online, which is dedicated to enterprise mobility management topics both inside and out of the four walls. To download the white paper, you only need to answer a couple questions, of which, none are personal identifiers. Hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

Google-ola?

Ok, by now we’ve all seen the news of Google’s acquisition of Motorola, and by now there have probably been several write-ups, blurbs, and  so forth. The deal certainly made for an interesting Monday morning, but as others have pointed out, one of the more interesting aspects of the deal is the patents Google gains with the purchase. As Silicon Valley Mercury News reported,

The deal also gives Google access to more than 17,000 patents held by Motorola, a pioneering cellphone maker that became an early partner using Google’s Android mobile operating system in 2008. Analysts said those patents could help Google stave off a barrage of claims levied by rivals battling the company’s Android mobile operating system.

[Google CEO Larry Page] acknowledged this strategy, saying in a blog post: “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anticompetitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”

Wow.

On the enterprise mobility front, Motorola Mobility’s sister, Motorola Solutions, will remain a separate company. It will be interesting to see what Google does with the Mobility side once the acquisition is complete and how/if it changes the competitive landscape of the ever-growing smartphone/tablet world.

iPhone vs that old thing?

A humorous and short post today. I’m sure that many of us remember the days before iPhones, Androids, BlackBerry, etc. and Gizmodo has a pretty great contest between “John’s old phone” and an iPhone 4. Who do you think wins?

Have a great close to the week!

Mobile Security and Can the iPad be Conquered?

Quick post today on a couple of items. First, in case you missed the VDC Webinar on mobile security in today’s enterprise, you can view it in our Webinar archives for free. The other item to point out is for any of you out there who prefer Android to Apple phones/tablets/etc. Gizmodo has a great comparison of the available tablet computers, specifically as it relates to their displays. I think their conclusion may be a surprise to many of you.

Enjoy!

 

Cellphone Overages and Usage Alerts… sort of

As we mentioned earlier this week, smartphones and tablets are becoming the “normal” in the enterprise, and many companies provide such devices for their employees to use as both a productivity tool, and for use in their personal, day-to-day communication needs.

So what happens when those devices start to cause some serious problems with overage costs, roaming charges, etc.? The company is stuck with the bill, that’s what happens. As an article posted yesterday by Fierce Wireless points out, the wireless carriers aren’t making it any easier to tell when and which device(s) is accruing the charges.

The bottom line is that companies need a way to be aware of these things before they are stuck with footing the bill. For further information and discussion on the subject of managing telecom expenses, we will be holding a free, live webinar on August 18th. If you’re interested, you can sign up here.

Have a great rest of the week and weekend!

 

iPad and Tablet MDM – A Growing Trend

Many of you saw today’s announcement about our Partnership with iPad Enclosures, a leading provider in secure, customized tablet kiosks.

Mobility is expanding, and the growing adoption of tablets in the retail, hospitality and healthcare is a perfect example of this, and we’re very excited about the Partnership. There’s a good chance many of our readers have, recently, had an experience in any of the aforementioned industries, that at some point involved an associate filling an order, checking inventory, completing a reservation, etc. on a iPad or other tablet device. iPad Enclosures customer profiles suggests as much.

We’d be curious to hear any feedback on new areas you’ve recently seen iPads/tablets used. Perhaps a recent trip to the local clinic? Last Sunday’s drive to the home improvement store? Feel free to share in the comments section, on Facebook, or via Twitter.