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Modified Mobile Habits

May 22, 2017 by Matt Louden

data plans

In the United States, mobile device users’ habits are changing like never before. Today’s average smartphone owner only upgrades their device every 2.7 years. Q1 2017 saw another new hardware trend: a decline in connected tablets sales and connected car sales. However, these two still made up more than half of all new device purchases in that span. For the first time in 17 years, quarterly revenue from carrier data plans declined compared to the year before. The proliferation of unlimited data plans is probably the culprit to blame. In fact, it’s been seven years since all four major carriers offered unlimited data pricing for their users. Despite changing user habits, the wireless market is still expected to grow 18% this year due largely to the introduction of new digital services and companies. Do you need help managing the constant…

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Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto

May 18, 2017 by Matt Louden

intelligent technology

If you follow tech news at all, you’ve probably seen or heard something about job-stealing robots. While we could all use a little more time away from work, don’t expect EmployeeBot 3000 to be sitting behind your desk anytime soon. Companies aren’t using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to get rid of workers—they’re using it to make work easier for them. We’re still a long way away from robot workers becoming the norm. Even early automation adopters understand the value of human interaction and are using this technology to refocus their workforce, not replace it. Helping your employees understand and use AI and machine learning comes with substantial benefits: Minimized Employee Burnout Organizations can use intelligent technology tools to automate mundane tasks and take them off employees’ plates entirely, increasing job satisfaction and quality of work.[tweet] In enterprise mobility…

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Data Dependent

May 15, 2017 by Matt Louden

data usage

Whether you use your mobile device for work or Snapchat, one thing’s certain: we all need more data. The Ericsson Mobility Report agrees. Every month, the average smartphone consumes just under two gigabytes (GB) of data. As businesses begin to uncover its true value, expect data consumption to increase year-over-year by 35% until 2022. That adds up to an average of 11GB per month! More data usage also means more mobile traffic. Across the world, smartphones average more than two GB of monthly data traffic. Expect that figure to rise to almost 15GB by 2022; some users’ future traffic could be 10 times heavier than it is today. Is your mobility program struggling with rising data usage, costs, and/or challenges? We can help! Talk to one of our experts and schedule a guided tour of our brand-new interface to see how…

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Virtualization Across the Nation

May 9, 2017 by Matt Louden

virtualization

Modern mobility programs are constantly challenged by end-user demands for the latest devices and technology. Unfortunately, that usually means running multiple Operating Systems (OSs) and applications simultaneously. While this has traditionally created gaps in program security, today’s enterprise mobility efforts have a safer solution: virtualization. For the first time, government-approved virtualization resides on a smartphone. The National Security Agency (NSA) just added a modified version of the HTC A9 to its Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSFC) list and is actively suggesting that all other businesses should take advantage of this technology too. So, what exactly is virtualization? Virtualization Explained Businesses that use this technology can create and test these virtual reproductions to boost their mobility program’s agility, efficiency, and flexibility in a way that minimizes IT risks.[tweet this] Essentially, virtualization is a process that creates software-based copies of mobile applications,…

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Mobility on the Mind?

May 8, 2017 by Matt Louden

mobility program concerns

The enterprise mobility market is maturing—that means mobility program concerns are evolving and growing more advanced too. But how? Today’s mobile-minded executives are hyper-focused on finding ways to improve employee productivity. In a recent Apperian/CITO Research report, 43% state this is their program’s number one goal. Additionally, 22% are leveraging mobility to uncover new revenue and service delivery opportunities (up from just five percent in 2016). This report also looked at mobility leaders’ concerns and found that corporate data on personal or non-managed mobile devices keeps executives awake at night more than anything else. In fact, 57% list data security as a concern, followed closely by addressing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at 45%. The number one challenge for these professionals has consistently been the complexity of the mobile landscape—55% struggle with mobile operating systems and management methods. Want to…

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