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Worry-Free Mobile Device Management and a New Video

Today we announced our new offering of Avalanche Managed Services. I won’t go into too much detail, but we now provide a fully functioning mobile device management solution to organizations that may not have the resources available to proactively monitor and manage the wireless ecosystem on a 24×7 basis. We’ve leveraged Avalanche, and have created a solution that gives subscribers peace of mind knowing their enterprise is securely and efficiently being managed, without them ever needing to lift a finger. In essence, we do all the work. We’re also hosting a live, free Webinar to introduce the new offering on Thursday.

To continue to the Managed Services topic, VDC recently had an interesting write-up on Managed Services in the mobility space, specifically looking at Intel and McAfee. The write-up has some pretty astounding figures in terms of grown within the space. Check it out and tell us what you think.

Finally, I found a new Avalanche video produced by our friends at Datalogic Mobile via their Facebook page this morning. Stop by and see what a nice good they did!

New Avalanche Video

Quick post to let you know that we’ve released the first, of what will be many, Avalanche “Features Spotlight” videos. The idea is that we take one feature of the product and highlight it in two minutes or so. Hopefully, this provides a quick way to learn more about the product for end-users and partners alike. Stay tuned for a look at scan-to-configure and Remote Control in the coming weeks.

Check it out and tell us what you think!

Expected Enterprise Mobile Data Revenue from ABI Research

I stumbled upon a press release from last week about ABI Research’s expected enterprise mobile data revenue growth over the next four years. The release highlights that revenues should top $27 billion by 2014 and has some interesting nuggets of information. Below is a preview of some of the findings, and you can read the entire release and more get more information here.

From ABI Research:

“But mobile data services revenue share by sector will vary on a region-by-region basis.

  • The transportation and warehousing sector in North America has a smaller share of mobile data services revenue than more dominant verticals of government and healthcare. However it will experience the highest growth at 23% as this sector expands use of data services to improve operations efficiencies;
  • Construction in the Middle East has slowed from its breakneck pace but it still an important sector maintaining 12% of mobile data service revenues through 2014;
  • Mobile data revenues from the manufacturing sector in Asia-Pacific will grow at a CAGR of 15% to increase its share of mobile data services revenues to 26% by 2014. This region continues to be the dominant location for worldwide production of goods.”

How do you feel about this analysis?

More on the new “Mobility” of Devices

One of the better blogs/forums for mobility news is the Enterprise Mobility Forum. Much of the time the topics are focused on consumer side discussions, but I always find the topics relative, well-developed, and insightful. I recently came across this article which discusses the new Motorola ES400 and what it means to the enterprise mobility landscape.

The idea is that there is a growing demand for devices that, as the author describes, “marry the best features of a smartphone such as a sleek form factors and an intuitive UI with the durability of a rugged device.” We’ve blogged about this in various extents before (here and here) and I couldn’t agree more… while the need for traditional ruggedized computers will always remain, there is huge potential to extend the benefits of ruggedized computers to new markets and industries. I’m sure over the next few years we’ll see more and more devices like the Motorola ES400, and I’m interested to see what the future holds as the mobile device industry evolves.

Anyway, tell us what you think and check out the links above!

30% Growth In Rugged Computer Market?

This article from InformationWeek should make all of our device manufacturer friends out there happy. David Krebs, one of the most respected voices in the industry, with VDC Research is projecting solid growth in ruggedized handheld computers across the globe, and especially in Europe.

One of the items in the piece of particular interest is the expected increase in “beyond the fence” devices. As Mr. Krebs points out, “The real growth driver for rugged handheld devices continues to be with the ‘beyond the fence’ field mobile workers, which is the least-penetrated market segment and is only now beginning to see the benefits of making certain processes mobile.”

I know our readers cover a broad base of industries, so what do you think about Mr. Krebs thoughts on “beyond the fence” mobility?

Good News on the Security Front?

I was reading an article today and I thought it had some great information on data breaches and overall security issues.  The article highlights some findings from a study conducted by Verizon Business and the United States Secret Service. Some of the more interesting bits were the drop in breaches from 2008 to 2009, and the drop in prices for stolen data on the black market.

The piece also presents a bit of a conundrum with properly securing your ecosystem. It attributes most security breaches to easily fixed problems. To quote, “Specifically, 85% of attacks were not considered to be highly difficult, 86% of victims had evidence of the breach in their log files, and 96% of breaches were avoidable through simple or intermediate controls.” However, with the strict level that companies are held to with maintaining secure and sensitive data, can enterprises ever be too safe when taking measures to avoid compromising data?

Broadband Devices Driving Mobile Market Gains

I actually just saw this headline this morning in another popular blog spot and the timing seemed appropriate. We are seeing a huge upswing in the need for organizations to track, monitor and manage personal and business-class devices. Unlike traditional AIDC devices, most business class devices are designed for Broadband first and Wi-Fi second, putting a lot more data on the cellular carrier networks.

I find it interesting that the article talks in terms of market saturation, but what I am also hearing here is the potential for network saturation. One of the things that Wavelink Engineering has spent significant time on is making sure that a multi-modal Mobile Device will choose the best medium for updates, and restricting large updates to only those connections that meet a configurable minimum adapter link speed.

The article also talks about the efficiency and cost-effective nature of text messaging. We thought about that too. We can reach out to a multi-modal device first using SMS messaging to ask it to perform an update without knowing whether Wi-Fi or Broadband is available. When the device receives the message requesting an update, it can automatically choose the best network to perform that update.

Anyway, I’m watching the growth of iPhone, Android and Blackberry closely, and I’ll be curious to see how it plays itself out in the AIDC market.

Healthcare Mobility to Hit $8.8 Billion in 2010?

We recently posted about the looming enterprise mobility revolution in the healthcare industry and I came across this article which is further evidence. This article cites a recently released report published by Kalorama Information, a healthcare market research firm. Kalorama anticipates a 7% increase in handheld adoption for 2010 and that the total sales will top $8.8 billion for the market. Pretty staggering figures. This obviously begs the question, with the expected increase in mobile assets across the enterprise, what is the expected growth for management solutions that can effectively manage all the wireless inventory?

Slow Wireless Implementation in Healthcare?

Happy Friday everyone!

I think everyone is aware that one of the more evolving marketplaces for our industry is healthcare. As evidence, InformationWeek published an article today that explains how the healthcare field is poised for a big shift towards mobility over the next 2-3 years.

It makes perfect sense, especially as data capture is becoming almost entirely digital and many ruggedized devices are being introduced to function as light-weight handheld computers (where mobility, flexibility and durability are key), so it would seem that the healthcare environment is perfect for such a movement.

But the interesting part is why did the industry take so long to begin the “mobility revolution” while others, such as retail and banking (as the article describes), embrace the concept years before?

Wavelink on the Road

Don Osburn, our Director of Partner Sales, is attending the Scansource ISV event and sent along some pretty cool pictures. The pictures are  from the Astor Classic Car Museum in California, so if you’re a fan of classic cars and aren’t at the event, you’ve missed out!

Enjoy!