The 2015 Enterprise Mobility Exchange First Quarter Recap

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From an Enterprise Mobility Exchange perspective, it has been a bright start to 2015 in a first quarter packed with exciting activity such as announcements, interviews, editorial collaboration and market developments.


Looking back on Q1, the mobile community has had an awful lot to take in, with a number of trends projected for this year already beginning to take shape, and some of the industry's bigger presences making a significant impact with product launches and other strategic moves.

We were personally delighted to start the year by welcoming a new and experienced member to our team in the form of a new Global Online Director, Dorene Rettas.

Dorene has brought with her a wealth of innovative ideas and a compelling new range of opportunities for both the vendor and end user communities, by drawing on her 20 years of experience in the media and publishing industry, as well as her passion for Enterprise Mobility and understanding of the market.

One of Dorene's focuses since joining the team has been driving an exclusive new schedule of monthly market reports, each focused on a different core pillar of Enterprise Mobility, as well as a revised, strengthened offering of regular content to help our audience overcome their most common challenges with mobility, learn from their peers and keep their finger on the pulse of what is driving the industry forward.


Unsurprisingly, January began by setting a number of suggestions for strategic Enterprise Mobility New Year's resolutions for the community, offering advice for practitioners to improve the way they approach implementing such technology in their organisations.

We also had the pleasure of sitting down with Tony Rizzo, Entrepreneur in Residence for Mobile, IoT & Wearables at Blue Hill Research to discuss his views on how mobile investment priorities have changed for enterprises over the past 12 - 18 months, what drives these investments, what can hinder them, and how they should be adapted moving forward into 2015.

Continuing with the theme of looking ahead and gauging what elements will play an important role throughout the duration of this year, we spoke to Neil Campbell, Group General Manager for Dimension Data's Security Business Unit about their 2015 forecasted trends for information security and data protection in relation to Enterprise Mobility.

In terms of significant industry announcements and releases in January, the headlines were stolen by IBM, following the culmination of $1billion in investment, five years of development and around 500 new patents in the form of the new z13 Mainframe for the mobile ecosystem.


The first of our 11 monthly reports was exclusively launched in February, marking the beginning of a rejuvenated offering to our audience of senior-level enterprise IT and mobile professionals, with this month's report focusing on the broad spectrum of mobile applications.

Following the success of our research on the 2014/15 Global State of Enterprise Mobility in December, we published our annual infographic examining how solution providers are chosen by businesses, what obstacles organisations are preparing themselves for, and what other significant trends experts expect to see emerge this year.

Also based on our research, we were able to highlight how practitioners can monitor, measure and analyse the impact of mobility within their organisations, as well as where they have seen the most tangible benefits from mobility investments within their organisations.

Additionally, Jacob Benadiba, Country Managing Director for Israel at Accenture provided us with fantastic insight into how the market for Enterprise Mobility is currently taking shape in the high-tech hub of Israel.


Our monthly report in March took a look at what mobile practitioners feel are the five most prominent challenges with implementing such technology in their organisations, and gave readers an overview of how those five consistent issues arise, examined the impact they can potentially have on an enterprise, and offered suggestions for the most effective ways to address and overcome them.

Mobile World Congress 2015 took place in March, and among a number of articles providing highlights of the annual show, we decided to recap the top five releases at the event from a wearable technology point of view.

As wearable technology is such a hot topic at the moment for enterprises interested in mobility, we were also fortunate enough to be able to share the detailed thoughts on the subject of Enterprise Mobility Exchange member David Krebs, Executive Vice President at VDC Research.

Finally, we conducted an in-depth video interview with Nick McQuire, VP of Enterprise Research for CCS Insight, in which he spoke to us about what challenges are currently keeping CIOs awake at night, what areas enterprises should be investing in to ensure their mobile deployments are as successful as possible, and what he feels could be a game-changer for mobile organisations in the next few years.

Looking Ahead

Moving Forward into the second quarter of 2015, members can look forward to our upcoming monthly reports, focusing on the topics of EMM in April, IoT in May and building MCoEs in June.

Furthermore, May will bring the fifth annual Enterprise Mobility Exchange, Europe event, taking place in Noordwijk in the Netherlands between 13 - 15 May. For further information on this senior-level meeting of over 80 mobility and enterprise IT professionals, you can visit the website to find out more.