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March 2, 2015

6 take-aways from MWC 2015 for enterprises

Announcements from BlackBerry, SAP, IBM, Apple, Good Technology, Samsung and VMware.

By Alexander Sword

With all the consumer news flooding out of MWC, it’s easy to forget that enterprises need to keep an eye on proceedings.

Here’s a round-up of the companies who have made waves in the business market so far.

1. BlackBerry

The original pioneer of the enterprise mobile world, BlackBerry first became known for its handsets. Its soft keyboard and Universal Search and Hub will be ported to iPhone, Android and Windows Phones. The Ontario-based company also announced the BlackBerry Suite, comprising three bundles of services: the Productivity Suite, Communication & Collaboration Suite and Security Suite.

2. SAP

The German software company announced SAP HANA Cloud Platform mobile services, which aims to deliver mobile innovations in the cloud. The platform as a service offering will help to integrate the Internet of Things and Big Data with mobile enterprise. The software includes new features such as optimised data synchronisation for native and hybrid apps and an expanded push notification API.

3. IBM and Apple

IBM and Apple have expanded their existing suite of apps, IBM MobileFirst for iOS, with a range of new offerings for financial professionals, airlines and retail. Dynamic Buy allows retailers to use data-driven insights while making their buying decisions, while Advisor Alerts helps financial professionals to prioritise tasks by providing them with a bespoke dashboard.

4. Good Technology

The latest version of Good Technology’s enterprise mobility platform Good Work was announced on Sunday. It features Good Launcher, which is a single interface for business apps. Also included was deployment of Apple Touch ID to provide fast and secure access to apps, as well as enterprise support for wearables – catering to the lesser known ‘Wear Your Own Device’ trend.

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5. Samsung

Samsung is beefing up its enterprise mobility platform, Knox, with a few key partnerships. SecuSUITE and WorkLife by BlackBerry will be integrated with Knox. Samsung will also offer FireEye® Mobile Threat Prevention™ software on Samsung KNOX-enabled devices, which scans app downloads for problems. The South Korean technology giant also announced that Knox will be featured on Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, the S6.

6. VMware

VMware brought out VMware vCloud for NFV, a solution providing support for more than 40 different virtual network functions (VNFs) from over 30 vendors and the capability to run these VNFs on the same platform. Customers already confirmed include Vodafone, EMC and Cyan; the platform should help them improve network efficiency and speed.

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