Slideshow: Mobility roundtable

ARN recently pulled together industry experts to discuss mobility in the corporate environment and what the opportunities and challenges are for the channel. Included in this slideshow are highlight comments from the event.

  • "My research shows the medium-sized market is the market adopting mobility the most. Traditional logistics, property management organisations bringing on field-force automation are the biggest users." - David Cannon, IDC

  • "We have essentially got to the point now where we have an architecture that scales all the way. That starts to remove some of those roadblocks and impediments we’re talking about now, which is having an application and way of looking at it in a mobile Internet device, the same way you would in a notebook or netbook but that’s much smaller." - Andrew McLean, Intel

  • "People want information coming to them in a variety of ways. As businesses, we need to make sure we’re adopting those different strategies for enterprise or mid-market, and promoting it to our customers." - Adam Nixon, PCNation

  • “The challenge I see is in the middle of delivering these business outcomes around multiple applications, online processes and other Web stuff, to the four or five different classes of device and making it happen in a sensible way.” - Sean Murphy, Nexus

  • "I think the rise of the smartphone at C-level is making those people more inclined to support mobility projects because they see the benefits, or feel hypocritical if they don’t." - Rob Boogers, TLC

  • "It’s not just about the device anymore, it’s about managing the user and their digital identity so they can be productive from any device.” - Stuart King, Dell

  • "A lot of companies just want a single communications device, they don’t want people having to run multiple phones from an infrastructure point of view, and they want a good ROI. Once you get smartphones in everyone’s hands, there are subsequent discussions around what apps you can run on it, why do they have a smartphone without email on it, and the upsell opportunities start to get more interesting." - Philip Parker, Vodafone

  • “Is it the device, the application or the network? You can put an iPhone into an organisation, and BlackBerry’s success started with the executives before flowing down, and they’ll say it’s great, but no one can calculate the ROI. In an industry-specific environment, it appears you need the applications to do that and meet critical need, but where is it in the broad market?” - Rob Makin, Dell

  • From left: Stuart King Dell | Jamie Warner eNerds | Andrew McLean Intel | Rob Makin Dell | Philip Parker Vodafone | Nadia Cameron ARN | Rob Boogers TLC | David Cannon IDC | Conrad Hilder Anittel | Adam Nixon PCnation | Sean Murphy Nexus

  • “Our philosophy in regards to corporate email is that BlackBerry is a much more structured approach to managing that side of things, especially regarding security. But the iPhone is the digital pocket knife of this age. Any business owner or manager will want to have freedom to use the devices they want to use.” - Jamie Warner, eNerds

  • “I think in the SMB market place, mobility is just on the horizon now because it’s affordable.” - Conrad Hilder, Anittel

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