Sumit Dhawan, VMware EUC GM, on why 2017 will be a year of “platform acceleration”

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Sumit Dhawan, the new general manager of end user computing at VMware, believes that 2017 will be the year of “platform acceleration”, both at his company and in the wider enterprise mobile industry.

Dhawan, who previously headed up the desktop products division, takes over from Sanjay Poonen, who has moved up to become VMware’s chief operating officer. It’s certainly a hard act to follow, but Dhawan says he couldn’t be happier with the position the...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise mobility in 2016: The year in review

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As we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017, the first week of the year provides an appropriate time to look back at the previous 12 months, and the key stories which influenced the enterprise mobility sector during that time.

Rather than detailing the most important stories of the year chronologically as in previous years, this time Enterprise AppsTech is looking at the biggest hitters from 2016 in five key emerging areas:

App standardisation

One of the biggest stories of 2016 was undoubtedly the...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

iPads in the workforce, or why enterprise mobility is all about the apps

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Mobile devices have been an integral part of the global workforce for years, as businesses adopt technology to drive transformation and improve business processes. Just last year, enterprise markets accounted for about $25 billion in annual Apple revenue, up 40 percent over 2014 – and iPads have undoubtedly earned a fair share of that revenue. There’s no denying the innovation behind the iPad and other tablets and smartphones. These devices are growing in popularity in the...

By Mark Scott, 23 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

MobileIron launches Bridge to unify mobile and desktop management and lower TCO

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Another quarter passes, and with it comes another depressing statement on the PC market.

According to the latest figures from analyst firm Gartner, worldwide PC shipments hit 68.9 million units in the third quarter of 2016. If you think that’s a good figure, then it’s worth knowing that it was a 5.7% decline from this time last year, and the eighth consecutive quarter of PC shipments declining.

Lenovo remains the biggest player, with HP Inc. a close second followed...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

Life on Mars...or what needs to be done to get AI right

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The past week has been one of particular announcements. Elon Musk unveiled his hotly anticipated plan to send humans to live – and die – on Mars, outlining plans for up to a million colonists living in a self-sustaining society, while Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced plans to add intelligence to core products like Office 365, Skype, and Dynamic. Unfortunately, both announcements left more questions than answers.

Life on Mars

Musk kept us in the dark about how his...

By Alex Gorbansky, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Data & Analytics.

Why AR in the enterprise is more compelling than the consumer vision

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According to the latest note from analyst firm Juniper Research, the enterprise sector will form the majority of revenues in augmented reality (AR) applications and content, with the overall market forecast to hit $5.7 billion (£4.4bn) by 2021.

The findings, which appear in a whitepaper entitled ‘Augmented Reality: Not Just Fun and Games’, takes its opening cue from the release of Pokemon Go in July this year. The lead in here, naturally, is that AR has gained...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Design, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

DHL launches next wave of ‘vision picking’ AR program

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Logistics provider DHL Supply Chain has launched the next stage of its ‘vision picking’ augmented reality (AR) program following a successful trial, the company has announced.

The company’s program focuses on greater efficiency in warehouse operations, enabling operators to speed up the picking process and reduce errors through displays on smart glasses. When DHL announced the

By James Bourne, 01 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

Mirego looks to ‘notoriety’ of Apple mobility partnership for further success

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A press release recently landed in Enterprise AppsTech’s inbox. Not an uncommon occurrence, you would correctly note; but this one caught the eye, describing how a company had “accelerated its lead in the enterprise mobile market.”

The release came from, and naturally was referring to, Mirego, a Canada-based company founded in 2007 which also has an office in the US. The firm is currently focusing its efforts on North America but with one eye on Europe and Australia, and offers an...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Why the latest Citrix and Microsoft partnership adds to the enterprise mobile complexity

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Opinion The enterprise mobile industry has come an impressively long way over the past few years. From the rise of bring your own device, to the evolution from mobile device management to a more rounded enterprise mobility management (EMM) space, a huge amount of progress has been made.

But a fork in the road threatens to hamstring a lot of the good work thus far.

The AppConfig Community, an initiative spearheaded by EMM vendors IBM Maas360, JAMF Software, MobileIron, and VMware AirWatch...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Exploring virtual and augmented reality in the enterprise

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It seems like every major technology summit these days isn’t complete without the mention of virtual and augmented reality. Consumers and enterprises alike have cause to be excited. While the technologies are still in their infancies, both promise revolutionary new ways by which we will interact and compute.

2016 will be remembered as a landmark year for these types of technology, with multiple hardware releases targeted for the enterprise and the consumer. This is just the beginning. 

By VMware AirWatch, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

Enterprise collaboration app Flock rolls out app store

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With a view to aid end users by removing the stress of switching between and managing multiple apps at work, enterprise messaging app Flock has rolled out its app store. Now users will be able to integrate a number of external work apps and services and get notifications within Flock. At present, the app store facilitates integration with apps such as Trello, Github, Twitter, Jira and Bitbucket among others.

For example, users can...

By Enterprise AppsTech, 13 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise App Stores.

Enterprise mobile metrics: iOS still top, while mobile becomes a must have

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Mobile is increasingly becoming the norm in the enterprise, while some organisations are seeing their investment in enterprise mobility management (EMM) being paid back within 12 months due to greater productivity.

Those are the two key findings from a report released by Citrix, which has charted the key themes in EMM over the past year.

Naturally, the devil is in the detail. The survey respondents were Citrix customers who used XenMobile, so the ROI stat is essentially the Fort Lauderdale...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Windows 10: The acceleration into a mobile-dominant enterprise architecture

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As Microsoft pushed through its staged rollout of Windows 10, beginning at 0500 BST today, many in the mobile enterprise see it as a milestone for greater productivity and efficiency.

Naturally, enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers are falling over themselves to provide support for the nascent ‘Windows as a Service’ OS straight out of the box. But should organisations jump in?

Noah Wasmer, end user computing CTO and VP product management at VMware, notes enterprise buy-in is...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Microsoft.

Another enterprise app partnership? Xamarin and Oracle team up for backend integration

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There’s an old saying about buses; you wait ages for one to arrive and then three come along at once. Soon enough, there may well be a similar aphorism around enterprise app partnerships. First it was Apple and IBM, then it was Red Hat and Samsung, now it is the turn of Xamarin and Oracle.

The two...

Red Hat and Samsung announce strategic alliance for mobile enterprise

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Ask any executive about news regarding two companies who have come together and harnessed their strengths for enterprise mobile solutions, and the answer would be straightforward. But this time, it’s not Apple and IBM: Red Hat and Samsung have announced a “strategic alliance” to deliver solutions for organisations looking to implement a mobile-first strategy.

Starting off in the US, Samsung Business Services and Red Hat will look to deliver several key products,...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

iOS 9 goes smarter, iPad gets more productive: An enterprise and developer eye on WWDC

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With iOS 9, Apple didn’t need to introduce a raft of new features. Many of us expected the company to focus solely on quality and performance improvements. In many ways, this is what the company did - but for both enterprise users and developers, the next evolution of its OS brings enough to keep it relevant, and exciting.

Complications on Apple Watch

Apple didn’t spend any time going over numbers at this event, so we still don’t know how many first generation watches it sold. All the company...

By Olly Berry, 09 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Design, Development, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

The state of IoT in the enterprise – and how it will differentiate EMM vendors’ outlooks

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Over the next 12 months, the Internet of Things (IoT) will become a key component and differentiator in the offerings of enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers – but there are still plenty of hurdles to clear before then.

That’s the view of Nick McQuire, enterprise mobility analyst at CCS Insight. In a 2015 predictions roundup, McQuire noted how IoT and EMM will ‘converge’ in 2015, noting: “Leading suppliers set...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, MDM, Wearables.

Windows 10: Microsoft reveals universal app details, Surface Hub and other enterprise features

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At today’s Windows 10 briefing, company executives demonstrated many of the new operating system’s features and offered a timeline for the release.

“In the next week, we’ll be releasing a new build of Windows 10 to our insiders,” said VP of operating systems Terry Myerson. A beta version of Windows 10 will be available this week for users who are enrolled in the 

By VMware AirWatch, 22 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Analysis: Apple and IBM announce first mobile enterprise apps

Apple and IBM have launched their first set of enterprise mobile applications as part of a global strategic partnership between the companies that was announced in July 2014. It is a pivotal collaboration that could have a far-reaching effect on the future of enterprise mobility marketplace.

The collaboration, dubbed IBM MobileFirst for iOS, is a suite of applications and managed services for enterprise mobility, cloud services and big data. These are aimed at businesses needing support of the mobility life...

By Nicholas McQuire, 17 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Productivity.