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Five Findings from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Chris Koeneman

MWCI just got back from Barcelona, where a few colleagues and I attended MWC. While there, the topic that dominated conversation was how elemental enterprise mobility has become. What started as an obscure technology is now a revolutionary force responsible for driving innovation.

Many MOBIans have witnessed this transformation firsthand; it’s been exciting for us to watch. However, enterprise mobility’s evolution has come with unexpected side effects that have impacted various industries. Here are five changes we discussed at MWC:

Manufacturing

The management of mobile devices is moving beyond multipurpose technology in the manufacturing sector. Smartphones and other devices that are assigned to an individual increasingly must coexist with things like ruggedized devices that are purpose-built and generally assigned to a department or cost center instead.

Despite this fundamental difference, both device types share common needs: asset tracking and lifecycle management. Businesses in this vertical need a software platform that can effectively manage all enterprise devices regardless of purpose or ownership.

Transportation

The Internet of Things’ (IoT’s) impact can be directly observed in the transportation industry. While some IoT devices may be stationary and not actually mobile, the operational domain of a transportation company tends to be far-flung by its very nature. This means IoT connectivity tends to rely on a mobile carrier data network, not a wired network or Wi-Fi.

What seems to go overlooked in IoT is the management and optimization of mobile carrier data network usage – a major cost element of these programs.[tweet this]

There are lots of cloud-based solutions that can track transportation’s IoT assets and report on basic characteristics, but what seems to go overlooked is the management and optimization of mobile carrier data network usage – a major cost element of these programs. Mobility Management Platforms (MMPs) perform mobile carrier data network usage optimization, asset tracking, and cost allocation for smartphones and IoT devices.

Energy/Utilities

While cost control automatically implies reduction, it should also include optimization of some kind.[tweet this]

Lingering effects from the dropping price of oil have caused the energy vertical to focus intently on cost control. While cost control automatically implies reduction, it should also include optimization of some kind. MMP is the ideal solution to centralize, comprehend, and control all mobility-related costs for these companies.

Financial Services

Security has always been the financial sector’s watchword, so it’s no surprise there are dozens of software solutions targeting endpoint devices and network access. How nimbly a financial services company responds to security inquiries is beginning to matter too.

During a typical inquiry, Information Technology (IT) staff correlates information from multiple systems. MMPs, on the other hand, can pinpoint device assignment and use of a mobile carrier network at a specific point in time. This software platform also looks at a mobility program from an employee’s point of view, allowing it to uncover critical information other solutions can’t during a security inquiry or audit.

Healthcare

HIPAA is focused on patient health information, but what about other data and systems?[tweet this]

Healthcare tends to rely on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) certification for all its information and operations security needs. While HIPAA compliance is important, it doesn’t necessarily cover every situation. HIPAA is focused on patient health information, but what about other data and systems? They need security standards and protection too.

As more healthcare companies turn to cloud-based systems, SOC 2 Type II compliance should be seriously considered to protect the integrity and availability of data storage systems in addition to the data itself.

There’s No Place Like Home…

As I recover from MWC, jet lag, and a few 12-hour flights, I wonder how much longer enterprise mobility programs can succeed without an effective MMP? If you’re wondering too, talk to one of our mobility experts and schedule a customized software demo today. MOBI has the elements you need to centralize, comprehend, and control your device ecosystem

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