MobileIron files for $100m IPO, outlines company future

MobileIron has filed a registration with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering (IPO), with $100m hoping to be raised.

The rumour mill was slightly off with AirWatch, but with this one it was spot on.

The enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendor’s financial figures showed a spike in profit year on year alongside substantial losses, a fact the company acknowledges as a risk factor in its filing.

MobileIron made profit of $8.66m in 2011, compared with $29.2m in 2012...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Mobile.

What has the IoT got to do with mobility?

There is a lot of talk and statistics around about the internet of things (IOT) and the amazing number of connected devices. But the real questions are: how can these connections be leveraged and where is the benefit? Is the internet of things another marketing buzz-word like big data or cloud?

A quick recap in case you have been living in a cave with a dial-up modem. What is IOT? Everyone seems pretty clear on what the internet is these days. However the thing (pun intended) that confuses a lot of people is what are the things? Generally speaking these things: · Capture (e.g. video, audio, temperature, heart rate, location, etc.)· Process (e.g. ETL, editing, controlling, analysis, etc.)· Store (e.g. historians, NAS, cloud, etc.)· Distribute (e.g....

By Adam Sivell, 04 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Windows Phone 8.1: The next frontier for enterprise mobility

Windows Phone 8.1

Today, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1. It has been an interesting journey to this point and I speak for MobileIron when I say this is an exciting day for enterprise mobility.

Before I discuss the implications of Windows Phone 8.1 on the enterprise, I wanted to share a bit of my personal history with mobile at Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Mobility Journey

I have worked with Microsoft mobile devices since their inception. In 1998, I was invited to join the “Rapier” beta, running on HP Jornada. In 2002, I worked closely with Toshiba on their upgrades from Pocket PC 2002 to Pocket PC 2003. I joined the beta from Pocket PC Phone Edition that same year; it was the first device that combined PDA and a cell phone. About 6 months later, Microsoft established a separate group that worked on smartphones using the same core operating system but without a touch screen…

We have come a long...

By MobileIron, 03 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Mobile.

Microsoft unveils Office for iPad, CEO Nadella notes “magical” cloud-mobile mix

Microsoft has launched Office365 for iPad, as well as the Enterprise Mobility Suite at a press event in San Francisco.

Promising a discussion on ‘the intersection of cloud and mobile’, the products launched certainly fit that bill with CEO Satya Nadella stressing the importance of three key constituents; end users, developers and IT professionals.

“Microsoft has always been about bringing those three constituents with platforms,” Nadella told the press audience, “and now we do...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Microsoft, Mobile.

VCs move into ALM space with CollabNet and Polarion investments

Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Software Infrastructure Solutions

VC activity in the application lifecycle management (ALM) space has picked up with announcements related to CollabNet and Polarion Software. The breaking news is from Polarion, which on March 6, 2014 revealed that Siemens Financial Services Venture Capital has made a strategic corporate investment of $10m, which will give Polarion increased depth to compete for global clients.

While the amount is relatively modest by VC standards, the real...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

BYOD policies help save companies £30k per year, survey reveals

Research from mobile IT solutions provider LANDESK has shown companies can save over £150,000 through five years if they adopt a BYOD policy.

The survey of over 1000 UK office workers found differing approaches to BYOD policies. More than four in five (81%) organisations permit employees to bring their own technology to work, this number diminishes significantly for laptops (16%) and smartphones (14%). 15% of companies offer CYOD (choose your own device), while 8% offer COPE (corporate owned, personally...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Research.

The best way to measure the ROI of your enterprise mobile app

Despite the increasing interest in mobile apps at the enterprise level, we’ve realized something interesting in our time within the industry: many companies have no idea what it costs to create and support an app (for the record, from development, to testing, to support, an app could cost in the ballpark of $50-100 thousand over its lifetime).

And yet, we know that every business decision is based on ROI (or if it isn’t, it should be). Companies are for-profit, and their decisions should always be...

By App47, 07 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Mobile Analytics.

MWC 2014 roundup: Enterprise mobility

MWC 2014 was characterized by a focus on enterprise. Although there were consumer device and service launches, the sheer number of booths promoting services to business customers was astounding. They pervaded every hall, and IT vendors outnumbered telcos.

There is no doubt that MWC is increasingly a major vehicle for enterprise mobility vendors to secure business.

Those vendors have been busy. The overall sense Ovum gained from conversations with many is of even fiercer competition than ever – and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 28 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Google offloads Motorola Mobility as Lenovo rises up consumer tech leaderboard

Tony Cripps, Practice Leader, Devices and Platforms

Google has sold its Motorola Mobility handset business to China-based Lenovo in a deal valued at $2.9bn. The announcement comes only 18 months after Google bought the ailing mobile phone pioneer, which had slipped from being the global number two handset vendor to an also-ran over the previous five years. It also came the day after Ovum was briefed by Lenovo COO and EVP Gianfranco Lanci.

While Motorola Mobility has begun to show signs of recovery, vertical...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 28 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.