The three key trends from MWC 16: IoT, NFV, and 5G

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There were three distinct yet interrelated themes at this year’s MWC in Barcelona that will likely have significant staying power in the years to come. These themes are the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables, network function virtualisation (NFV), and 5G. 

IoT and wearables were everywhere during the show.  Vertical markets like healthcare, transportation/logistics, and automotive seemed to be well represented in vendor and operator booths....

By Greg Collins, 09 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Mobile.

Do you stick or twist with your UC software vendor? Companies increasingly saying twist

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Companies’ primary motivation for investing in a new unified communications (UC) tool is almost wholly around productivity while there is a conflict of thinking with regard to whether to use a single vendor, according to a new survey.

The results, from West Unified Communications Services, polled more than 250 IT managers and found increasing productivity (53%) far outweighed other concerns for businesses looking at updating their UC systems. Difficulty maintaining existing tools was...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Productivity.

Empowering mobile productivity

Today’s workers are mobile. They need to be connected to their corporate network or cloud-based applications around the clock and around the world – anytime, anywhere. But enabling basic connectivity across, smartphones, tablets, as well as 3G- and 4G-enabled laptops, can be a daunting challenge.

This resource from Pulse Secure explains how fast, easy, secure access from multiple devices can be achieved through enterprise networks and the cloud to empower mobile productivity.

By James Bourne, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Productivity.

One in three small businesses expects to ditch their desk phones by 2020

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As unified communications (UC) develops, it is likely to become more and more mobile-based; yet according to recent survey figures from communication software provider BroadSoft, one in three small businesses expects to have mobile-only UCaaS solutions in place by 2020.

The study, which polled 129 service providers, found 42% of those polled said more than half of UC interactions – across all business sizes – will be mobile based. Similarly, more than four in five (82%)...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Productivity.

Productivity contributes to “another stunning growth year” for mobile, says Flurry

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The latest mobile growth figures from analytics provider Flurry have revealed app usage has grown by 58%, with every category – excepting games – seeing figures go up.

In particular, productivity apps saw a 125% session growth in 2015, according to the research. More and more consumers, especially in the younger demographic – in other words, the future workforce – are “using their smartphones, phablets and tablets as their primary computing device and their sole...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Mobile Analytics, Productivity.

In enterprise mobility, “there’s an app for that” is not enough

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Watching the explosion of mobile apps has been, in a word, incredible.

In less than a decade, consumers have gone from having low-tech cell phones to early-stage smartphones to powerful machines that house dozens of mobile apps that do everything from stream music to order you a ride to work.

But as mobile apps have exploded, a problem has followed—and it’s one that often...

By App47, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise App Stores, Mobile, Opinion.

Six business communication trends for 2016 you need to know about

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Much has been written recently about how startups in Silicon Valley are redefining the face of businesses and how we do business. While agile business practices, added transparency, and contractor-based staffing are still catching on, one change that unquestionably has taken hold already is the evolution of business communications.

Business communications is no longer...

By JT Ripton, 07 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Mobile.

How the latest mobile technology trends affect your business

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Mobile shopping is beginning to replace Black Friday, AdAge reported this October, citing Google data. According to Google, 54% of shoppers this year plan to do their shopping on their smartphones during free moments while eating or commuting, and 52% plan to consult their smartphone before visiting a store.

Smartphone shopping has gone up 64% since last year and now constitutes 30% of all online purchases. Meanwhile in-store shopping over Thanksgiving fell 5% last year, and total...

By App47, 17 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Marketing, Mobile, Security.

How companies buy mobility products: Broad changes taking place

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Astonishing changes are happening within businesses as mobile technology becomes more and more central to their IT, business operations and digital transformation initiatives. Results from our recent Decision-Maker Mobile Technology Survey, 2015 show us these changes are broad-ranging.

They encompass new buyers and spending levels, new priorities and challenges, as well as shifts in distribution channels and brand affinities.

In August 2015, we surveyed 589 mobile technology decision-makers in...

By Nicholas McQuire, 06 October 2015, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.