Earlier this month, we had the honor of being included in the Gartner 2013 Cool Vendors in Enterprise Mobility* report, which comes at a critical time for the industry with a vast majority of organizations still struggling to grasp the differences in requirements that come with the deployment and management of devices in BYOD contrasted with mobile point-of-sale (mPOS), kiosk, and digital signage scenarios. We’re entering what is being referred to as the “second wave of enterprise mobility”, with industry leaders facing an increasing number of obstacles and challenges, in particular, with management, security and cost effectiveness.
Thoughts from Gartner
“Organizations are adopting tablets as a technology core for specialized equipment or deployment in kiosks, monitors or other appliances. Each such deployment can involve thousands of units. Despite the large number of mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM) and mobile application development platform (MADP) products and services supporting such capabilities for traditional smart devices and tablets used for employee productivity, most lack specific capabilities to support tablet kiosk or other tablet-enabled equipment [*]”.
In a previous conversation with TechCrunch, our CEO Tom Karren addressed this growing demand within the mobility community for vendors to tackle these challenges in device deployments, where tablets such as the iPad, iPod Touch and a wide array of Android hardware, are being used in an increasing number of enterprise and customer-facing engagements – you can find Tom’s thoughts here.
The disruption is quite clear, and as a growing number of businesses look to adopt and implement the wide array of viable smartphones and tablets as means of modernizing the workplace or for mPOS, it’s imperative they have a clear understanding of the needs and requirements associated with personal vs. purposed device management – keeping this in mind, we have assembled an interactive infographic which includes a list of 12 questions that can help businesses determine the best platform for their particular deployment.
Are you deploying tablets and smartphones in any of these new use cases? If so, we want to talk to you.
*Gartner, Cool Vendors in Enterprise Mobility, 2013, Leif-Olof Wallin, Nick Jones, Monica Basso, May 1, 2013. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose