Day of the Deal: MWC Was Hotspot For IT Collaboration

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 03/02/2017
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What do you get when mixing tens of thousands of people from around the globe to talk about past, present, and future technology in one city for a week? Some pretty intriguing announcements for starters.

Mobile World Congress 2017 concluded Thursday, March 2, and while product announcements, analyst insights and the future of business were all discussed, scrutinized, and digitized, it may have been the collaboration announcements that offered the most shock value.

Major players in the industry teamed up to better serve their customer bases and collaborate in verticals that continue to grow, including enterprise apps and security.

While software giant SAP and Apple have joined forces in the past, the duo announced another breakthrough collaboration at MWC, set to roll out March 30. SAP will release its cloud platform SDK which is built for iOS specifically, and enables developers to integrate SAP data and iOS devices. SAP developers will now have the ability create apps in a native iOS system for iPads and iPhones.

As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, enterprise apps have become a developer’s nightmare as UX, complexity, and time-to-market continue to confound businesses. Learn more about the issue here.

In addition to the SAP and Apple marriage announced in Barcelona, another major connection was made between hardware and software industry leaders.

Enterprise Mobility Management platform security provider MobileIron will now have its products packaged alongside Lenovo, the biggest PC supplier in the world as of 2016. MobileIron’s products are fluid across PCs and mobile devices, with the ability to secure Windows 10, Android, and iOS operating systems. Interestingly, on the heels of the MobileIron collaboration, Lenovo also announced the release of four new tablets to hit the market in 2017, furthering its growth in the space.

Do the collaborations make sense? Will they help further enterprise mobility or just be added to the growing list of products available in the market? Let us know in the comments.

Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt