HOW ENTERPRISE MOBILITY IS HELPING EDUCATION INDUSTRY?

Whether you are a college student or run a business, if you are a bit tech-savvy, you are supposed to own a smartphone. And not only you do own a smartphone but use it in a lot of personal & professional operations. Today’s phones are really smart because they have all the features and functions to remove the need of alaptop or PC for routine general-purpose computing operations. Students or office-goers can use their smartphones for information search, emailing, chatting & messaging, social media, news search, and various other educational and entertainment requirements. Businesspersons or entrepreneurs can use their smartphones for having effective communication with their people, partner and prospects, scheduling meetings, and safely sending & receiving data.

Smartphones, phablets, and tablets have now been discovered as the targeted devices by most of the businesses over the world. These devices are opening unlimited doors of possibilities and contributing to increase in the revenues of businesses. And this is working regardless of the type or size of businesses.

So mobile strategy is working wonders and businesses around the world are interested in implementing and increasing their presence and income. Education sector is no different from today’s mobile world. Universities, colleges and schools are hiring mobile developers to bring their various systems on mobile platform.

There are reports to set it that almost half of students are using their mobile devices in college, school and university related tasks. Some educational institutes have even implemented online apps for submitting assignment, tests, etc. So it sounds a good idea to connect both students and education institutes together with mobile platform.

Mobile apps can be designed for a wide range of requirements such as recruitment of students, creating inbound-outbound communication, and promoting. These apps can connect teachers, college, students, parents, events and other activities in a chain. And in this way, the entire process becomes easy and simple.

Mobile apps can also help colleges and their students. Top colleges are known for operating in a fast-paced world. A dedicated mobile application development can take the learning and imparting education to an absolutely new level. For example, about 25 universities in the UK have implemented apps. These apps can help from students to faculty, to visitors to alumni to future students.  

So mobile apps are accelerating an excellent presence of mobiles devices by helping students and others people in a number of ways. These apps can allow students accessing various aspects of education right from their mobile.

5 ways Apple iOS7 can woo the enterprise

With Apple Inc.’s latest mobile operating system – iOS 7, the company finally strives to make iOS gadgets a better fit with enterprise Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategies. Analysts believe Apple has already made a strong dent in the consumer space, but there was a gap in the enterprise market that was waiting to be plugged. iOS7, according to many can be a game changer in the enterprise mobility space and make a difference in the company’s overall revenue.

Here are the top 5 observations from experts on why the enterprise may prefer iOS7 over its predecessors.

Greater MDM support

The OS is equipped with advanced MDM, featuring easier implementation of whitelisting and managed apps. This means it is the most enterprise-friendly Apple OS since iOS 4. “The biggest trend is that work and personal data will be separated more efficiently,” notes Jonathan Dale, director of marketing at Fiberlink, an enterprise mobility specialist firm. A Macworld review also mentions that through the MDM system, companies will be able to prevent data from moving between accounts. In addition, apps installed by IT staff can be configured to only share data with specific apps. According to Fiberlink, the framework is a lot more open now so the third party vendors, or IT departments can build their own MDM servers easily to communicate with the company’s iOS devices, or with employees’ own devices.

Third party app protection

The new iOS 7 ensures that all third-party apps use iOS 7 encryption by default, rather than depend on the app’s developer to include that encryption. Dale adds that it “makes life easier both for employees and IT.”

More App Store license controls

Until now, if an employee leaves the company he would take his app along with him. But the new IOS 7 will allow companies to retain complete ownership of its purchased iOS apps. According to Dale, businesses can have more flexibility as the apps can be reallocated to other users when one employee leaves the company. It can also save on huge operational costs.

Enhanced mail client

Today’s enterprise users would want their mobile device to handle more complex content consumption, including editing, annotating and publishing content. iOS 7 has come up with the more integrated mail software, having PDF support, which many in the industry calls it “the most business-friendly version until now.”

Single sign on

The corporate-provisioned apps can be set up for single sign-on in the new iOS7 which enterprises can use across multiple apps. Although some may argue that this may leave enterprises at a greater risk, a Macworld review suggests the new OS allows other configuration through an MDM system include setting up a per-app virtual private network, as opposed to attaching the VPN to everything on the smartphone or tablet. MDM in general brings massive new security features in terms of virtual private networks as Dale observes employees will also be able to cut down time with automatic verification.

With Apple seeking to regain traction in a mobile market dominated by the Google Android system, Ramon Llamas, analyst with the research firm IDC says while Apple is finally serious about making iOS an enterprise ready option option, Microsoft in particular should take heed. At the same time he cautions that iOS 7 will also be a key test for Apple, because its new iPhones have failed to wow consumers.  (Also read:http://www.cxotoday.com/story/is-tim-too-timid-to-bite-the-apple/)

Finally, analysts mentions it will be interesting to see how Apple battles it out with Google Android and Microsoft in the enterprise mobile space with its new enterprise ready operating system.

Good Technology is First Secure Mobility Provider to Deliver Enterprise Collaboration and Productivity for iOS 7

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —Good Technology, the leader in secure mobility, today announced comprehensive support for Apple iOS 7. The company is the only secure mobility provider to offer full iOS 7 support across its entire suite of applications, including Good for Enterprise,Good Connect and Good Share, the day iOS 7 is available. Good customers will be able to upgrade to iOS 7 without any delays in service, exposure of data or compromised security. Good has also rolled out iOS 7 support for its rich ecosystem of custom and partner applications built on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform. As a result, Good is also announcing the availability of a wide range of iOS 7-compatible, secured by Good apps, including those from Autonomy, Box, Branchfire/iAnnotate, SplashTop and Webalo.

 

 

In addition, Good will leverage the extended set ofApple mobile device management (MDM) capabilities available in iOS 7 to enable functions such as extended restriction controls, enterprise SSO and configuration and policy management for MDM-managed apps.Good will also support the enhanced Volume Purchase Program (VPP) making it easy for businesses to deploythese iOS 7-compatible apps at enterprise scalewhilestill retaining fullownershipand control over app licenses.

Retriever Communications Partners With GNSoL to Bring Enterprise Mobility Solutions to Mexico

Retriever Communications, a global provider of mobile field force automation, today announced a strategic alliance with Global Net Solutions (GNSoL), an international IT solutions provider. As a result of the agreement, GNSoL is the first representative of Retriever’s solutions in Mexico.

Starting with the mining industry, GNSoL will introduce Retriever’s mobile application development platform, its formbuilder, dispatch and scheduling solutions and the company’s robust, high volume mobile enterprise server infrastructure to the region. Mining engineers are required to complete on-site security verifications several times a day in order to ensure the safety and quality of the work. Currently, the inspections are done manually, which is a time-consuming process for the engineers and the managers that require the results of the inspections.

“We’ve identified the silver, copper and gold mining industries as core targets for Retriever in Mexico. The industry is seeing a surge in investment and attention, specifically geared toward helping them advance the telecommunications and technology found inside and surrounding the mines,” said Jorge Reyes, General Manager at GNSoL. “By offering a technology platform and mobile applications that work within the miner’s workflow, both offline and online, Retriever is in a unique position to automate the quality verification process and solve a current challenge for the industry. We’re excited to introduce the region to Retriever.”

“The need for mobility and scalable, native business applications that are designed with an employee’s workflow in mind is a global requirement,” said Mary Brittain-White, CEO of Retriever Communications. “Retriever’s heritage is in wireless and as we’ve had a worldwide mindset from the beginning, the expansion into Mexico is a natural evolution of our business. GNSoL was the ideal partner and we’re looking forward to rolling out our solutions to the region in the coming years.”

Retriever’s Technology 

Retriever offers both software licensing and cloud models. Its Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) has a write-once, deploy natively approach. It delivers a full native app experience, corporate level security, both complex and simple app functionality and the ability to work outside of wireless coverage.

Retriever’s Application Development Environment (RADE)

RADE enables application developers to build an app once and deploy it natively to all mobile devices and tablets running Windows, iOS or Android while also allowing developers to integrate device-specific capabilities, such as GPS, barcode readers, built-in cameras and RFID scanners into the application. RADE also contains a fast prototyping capability that allows anyone with IT understanding or knowledge of an employee’s workflow but no coding experience to develop a working application prototype in only a few days.

Retriever Formbuilder

Formbuilder is a standalone tool for easily creating device agnostic electronic forms. The tool allows business users to import existing Word documents and Excel spread sheets in order to develop mobile applications. Formbuilder supports workflow and business logic, so users follow a procedure they are familiar with when collecting and processing data. The tool eliminates any dependency on IT for ‘development’ when creating electronic forms or modifying existing forms. Formbuilder forms can be embedded in an enterprise application or be used as a stand-alone application.

Retriever Dispatch and Scheduler

Retriever’s dispatch and scheduling is a multi-user web-based solution that utilizes technology for efficient scheduling of jobs, workers and equipment. The scheduling capability is built for efficient job planning, assignment and dynamic field connectivity, enabling effective field worker utilization and responsiveness to ad hoc, breakdown, or emergency work situations.

SOTI delivers enterprise mobility management for Apple iOS 7 devices

OS 7 brings more enterprise-focused features than all previous Apple iOS releases combined and propels the market potential for increased adoption of iOS devices as part of enterprise mobility and BYOD strategies. But for the management and security profile of iOS 7 to rise significantly, these new features must be used in conjunction with a robust mobile device management solution like SOTI MobiControl.

SOTI MobiControl puts the IT manager in the driver’s seat to manage iOS 7 devices entering the corporate network as part of an enterprise mobility strategy as well as mitigate risks of how corporate data is accessed and handled on BYOD personal devices. SOTI MobiControl continues to be poised to enable, optimize and secure enterprise environments that are considering iOS 7 for EMM or BYOD initiatives.

Carl Rodrigues, president and CEO, SOTI, said: “As Apple makes its latest mobile operating system available, SOTI is once again prepared to offer enterprise customers timely and continuous EMM and BYOD support with MobiControl. In the ever-changing landscape of enterprise mobility, companies need to be able to rely on their EMM vendor to keep pace with demand and be at the forefront of new developments in mobility. Being able to release same-day launch support for iOS 7 demonstrates SOTI’s commitment to its ongoing leadership in enterprise mobility management.”

With the undoubted surge of both new and existing devices running iOS 7, SOTI will leverage its expertise to deliver an uncompromising EMM and BYOD solution while ensuring a consistent, pure iOS 7 user experience in line with Apple’s all-new design.

Existing MobiControl customers benefit from peace of mind knowing that their end users can upgrade to iOS 7 without impacting their security or functionality.

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of August 25, 2013

Apple has fallen out of the top five smartphone pack in the APEJ (Asia Pacific Excluding Japan) region as a result of the momentum of Chinese vendors, a move IDC suggests could see it lose out on a market that will almost double shipments by 2017.  Read Original Content

Sina, China’s equivalent to Twitter, has jumped on the mobile messaging bandwagon after it began promoting its new app WeMeet, known as Weimi in Chinese. Weibo has over 500 million registered users, more than 50 million of which are active each day, but it is under pressure from WeChat, the mobile messaging app developed by Chinese Internet giant Tencent, which has 235 million monthly active users across China and overseas. Read Original Content

Hong Kong leads Asia in mobile Internet usage, with 96 percent of smartphone users using mobile Internet service on a daily basis, followed by Japan (94 percent), Singapore (93 percent), and South Korea (92 percent), said Google on Wednesday when releasing results of a survey. Read Original Content

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has said the company is now worth 10 billion U.S. dollars after a new round of funding, presenting the latest evidence of Chinese smartphone makers’ breakneck growth.  Read Original Content

According to a report by Canalys, India is becoming the third largest smartphone market with nine million shipments during the April-June quarter, while 238.1 million smartphone units were shipped worldwide during the same period hitting a growth rate of 129 percent.  Read Original Content

 

Yahoo Japan Corp., armed with $4 billion in cash, is putting the nation’s smartphone advertising and online shopping companies on alert as it searches for growth at home. In the past five years, its sales growth was a third of the average among peers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, as the operator of Japan’s most-visited Web portal failed to extend its dominance to smartphone services. Japan’s ad sales on those devices are projected to almost triple by 2017.  Read Original Content

A report published by the Wall Street Journal says HTC is working on its own smartphone operating system, which it will use to boost its market share in China.  Read Original Content

Taiwan-based HTC Corp. is seeing a rebound in sales for its Japanese version of the HTC One flagship phone amid steep competition from other Android phone makers and Apple Inc., according to sales rankings released by BCN Inc.  Read Original Content

In a move ahead of its time, Singaporean company MC Payment made a bold move in 2005 to make the mobile phone an alternative payment gateway. Less than a decade later, MC Payment leads in providing mobile point-of-sale payment solutions in Asia.  Read Original Content

Global Payments Asia-Pacific Limited, a leading pan-regional card payment processor in Asia Pacific, and Dialog Axiata PLC, a premier telecommunications service provider in Sri Lanka, announced the launch of an innovative mobile payment solution that turns a smartphone or tablet into a mobile point-of-sale terminal — the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.  Read Original Content

A new Asia-Pacific survey conducted by Warc for the Mobile Marketing Association found that 90 percent of marketers predict a substantial rise in budgets for mobile marketing, with 34 percent expecting increases of up to 75 percent.  Read Original Content

China Mobile Ltd has awarded initial 4G contracts worth around $3.2 billion, with Chinese firms securing more than half of the biggest prize in the global telecoms industry this year and foreign firms winning about a third, industry sources said.  Read Original Content

Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi said former Google Inc. vice president Hugo Barra will join the company to help it grow its international business and work on its strategic cooperation with Google.  Read Original Content

The value proposition of the extra large smartphones, also called the phablet, seems to have caught the fancy of the Indian consumer. The segment sporting screen sizes between 5 and 6.99 inches grew 17 times year-over-year, accounting for 30 percent of smartphones sold in the country in the second quarter of 2013, says a report from research firm IDC.  Read Original Content

Microsoft’s Office Mobile for Android phones has finally reached Asia in key markets such as India and Singapore, nearly a month after its U.S. launch. The Android app will also be available in Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese – making it available in 33 languages altogether.  Read Original Content

With smartphone penetration still in the early stages in China, a new study indicates the People’s Republic could become a “one screen nation,” outpacing the U.S. in consumers who use smartphones as their sole or primary media device, according to a first-of-its-kind cross-cultural report, developed jointly by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Interactive Internet Advertising Committee of China.  Read Original Content

China’s e-commerce market is expected to leapfrog that of the United States this year to become the world’s largest by total customer spending, management consultancy firm Bain & Company says.  Read Original Content

Enterprise Mobility Exchange Launch New Online Community

Market leader of senior networking forums launch brand new online community and resource hub

The Enterprise Mobility Exchange, the leading provider of senior networking events, recently announced the launch of a brand new online resource hub for enterprise mobility practitioners and solution providers across the globe.

Following the success of their unique networking and learning forums in Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific, the new Enterprise Mobility Exchange online portal provides cross-industry resources and webinars for those who are working within the vibrant and fast-moving enterprise mobility world.

Alexi Georgiou, Managing Director, IQPC Exchange commented, “From numerous conversations with leaders in the mobility space, it became clear that the industry was missing a ‘one-stop-shop’ online hub; where busy mobility professionals can find everything they need to know about this fast-paced field.”

“The response so far from both the practitioner and solution provider communities has been overwhelming and we’re pleased that thought leaders are choosing to share and access discussions, interviews and webinars on the platform.”

Kira Stancliffe, Head of Marketing, Events and Online Community added, “We’re really excited to be able to offer mobility leaders a free online platform where they can delve deeper into the issues surrounding the rapid growth of enterprise mobility. Whether an organisation is at the beginning of their mobility journey or looking to expand their strategy beyond their initial investments, enterprisemobilityexchange.com will provide a wealth of information from the most influential and knowledgeable mobility minds globally.”

Once a member, the online portal will allow users to access relevant and timely information for their role within their enterprise. Members are also able to tailor their experience when navigating through the website. Membership is free and available to anyone who works within enterprise mobility, IT, mobile applications and device security.

For more information about the Enterprise Mobility Exchange, visit http://www.enterprisemobilityexchange.com/PR

About the Enterprise Mobility Exchange

The Enterprise Mobility Exchange is an online community for global mobility professionals and business leaders who are leveraging mobile technology and services to improve operational efficiency, increase customer acquisition and loyalty, and drive increased profits across the entire enterprise.

The combination of live events, webinars and online information resources provide mobility leaders with unique learning and networking opportunities. Wherever you are on your mobility journey, share your experience, knowledge and expertise with the Enterprise Mobility Exchange’s global community today.