10 Lessons for Managing Mobile Devices via Forrester

I know this is slightly behind us (Sept.), but I thought I’d share on the heels of our webinar yesterday, which discussed MDM for the Entire Enterprise and the current state of the MDM landscape. The article comes via Network World and is a run-down of the top 10 lessons learned about managing mobile devices. I won’t spoil any of the 10 lessons because it’s a good, quick read, but take a look and tell us what you think in the comments, or on Twitter or Facebook!

10 Lessons for Managing Mobile Devices, via Network World and Forrester

 

Healthcare CIO’s and Mobile Devices: What’s the Problem?

Mobile Device Management in Healthcare is Becoming an Increasingly Important IssueFor those of you getting ready for the Holiday weekend, we hope you have a great weekend! But, for those who are not celebrating – or haven’t left the office just yet – we wanted to pass along a good read about MDM in the Healthcare.

InformationWeek had an article yesterday on the problems healthcare CIO’s are facing when it comes to the proliferation of mobile devices in the healthcare space. The article points out many of the common themes we are hearing (especially when it comes to BYOD) about smart-device management. However, it brings up an interesting point that is often overlooked when the smartphone/tablet/smart-device conversation comes up: what is their effect on the WLAN? Not only do you have extra demand on information traveling to-and-from, but you also need to make sure that the extraordinary amounts of data are secure.

As the article explains, “The ‘bring your own device,’ or BYOD, phenomenon in hospitals has created a networking problem for CIOs by driving up demand on wireless LANs and has kept security officers busy because it’s difficult to control all the data that flows to hundreds or thousands of handheld computers…”

The piece has a lot of interesting information, so if you’re looking for a quick read before you’re off for a long weekend, we suggest you check it out! Also, if you’re interested in learning more about smart-device MDM, check out our upcoming webinar here.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

Goya Foods, Speakeasy, and the Mobilizer Awards

As some of you may have seen last week, Goya Foods was recognized with a Mobilizer Award for supply chain operations by Mobile Enterprise magazine and their use of Speakeasy. The award highlights trends that we’ve seen for a while now, in that more and more companies are trying to leverage their applications while maximizing as much productivity out of them as possible. An easy way to do this is by voice-enabling applications without having to redo the entire application. Goya tapped into this and the early results are telling.

Look for us to have more and more information on the Goya example in the coming weeks and months. Additionally, if you’re looking for more information on Speakeasy and voice products, we recently held a free webinar that you can view on-demand.

Vote for Wavelink Enterprise Mobility Solutions

We are proud to say that we’ve been nominated for a number of awards at this years Mobile Star Awards, presented by Mobile Village. This years nominations include our Avalanche mobile device and infrastructure management solution, as well as Speakeasy, our voice-enabled application software. It’s pretty much just a matter of registering, and then voting! Stop by today and tell them why you chose Wavelink!

Retail Asia 2011 Recap – What Can Voice do for Retail?

Retail Asia 2011 is in the rear view mirror after a successful show in Hong Kong. By now, it should be evident to all that retail and technology are intertwined very tightly, and that successful retailers need to stay in tune with the latest thinking to optimize and insure their profits.

Wavelink spotlighted Speakeasy with a live system collecting data and responding and directing workers in Mandarin Chinese. Speakeasy supports a wide range of global languages, even with regional accents or variations. Retailers are quick to understand the benefits of Speakeasy in several of the key retail functions, especially the lack of need for user specific training, speech processing functions local on the device, and the ease of integration and use. They agreed it would improve floor staff productivity and flexibility audibly guiding workers through their tasks looking at mobile device displays only when necessary.

This show also  included a lot of different electronic shopper hardware and software, it was highlighted by a number of intelligent video display panels. The panels actually watch the viewers and react by changing programming based on how many people are watching, whether they are moving closer or farther away, which direction, the viewers sex, and I even saw one where the panel evaluates the mood of the shopper. I’m told none of the data is saved due to privacy concerns, but using it on the spot allows the store to change its look and interaction with shoppers to buy what they came for, and keep ’em coming back for more. Mobile technology was well represented by several key global and local software and hardware providers and distributors. Most of the high tech hardware companies were present as were the ERP and WMS system providers in some fashion.

As I said earlier, retailers recognize the advantages provided by good, new technology and move quickly to capitalize on the benefits. They are now quickly learning the good things Wavelink Speakeasy, on top of Terminal Emulation and Wavelink Industrial Browser, can do to improve their operations and profits. Thanks for checking in!

From Hong Kong, 再见 (Zàijiàn) or goodbye!

Kelly

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!