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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?

New Wavelink Video

We uploaded a new video to our “under construction” YouTube page and we wanted to get your feedback. In the coming months, we’ll be releasing several new product and company videos to get the word out about Wavelink. Why? Well, we have reason to believe that’s what the world wants, of course.

Check it out and tell us what you think. If you have a video demonstrating Wavelink products, send it along and we’ll make sure to post it!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Is Data More Expensive in the US?

According to the Ponemon Institute, data breaches cost US companies much more than their European counterparts. This brief highlights much of the findings and also raises some interesting questions about the effect federal regulations have on that cost.

Check it out and tell us how you feel about federal regulations and their potential effects on the total cost of a data breach.

Today’s happenings

Speakeasy in action

As you may have seen, we are working on the release of our mobile device and infrastructure management solution, Avalanche 5, and things have been moving quickly around these parts!  I just had the chance to see some of the new features in action, and without getting into a sales pitch, I will just say that it is pretty neat. Stay tuned for more information on that front.

The other thing I want to point out is the upcoming Webinar on adding Voice to mobile devices. The material that is going to be shown is pretty impressive, so if you have some time on Thursday check it out. Rumor has it, there may be some free demo’s provided for those who attend!

TE 7.2 Screen Reformatter; Give us your feedback

We’ve posted a two-part video on how quick and easy it is to enhance old emulation screens with the TE 7.2 Screen Reformatter on our YouTube channel (You can even watch in HD!). We want to know what you think of it and also get your thoughts on Wavelink TE 7.2 in general.

So, what are your favorite features and have we captured just how easy it is to reformat screens?