For 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!
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.
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.
Posted by Brandon Hill
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.
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.
Posted by Brandon Hill
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!
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.”
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.