February 27, 2014
Posted by Marco Nielsen in Events
As Mobile World Congress continues, we are being wowed by the stream of new devices, products, and upgrades. But I can’t help thinking: What about security? From a BYOD standpoint, it’s critical that companies know that enterprise data requires multiple layers of security, and that employees know that personal information is kept private. Here’s the latest in what I’m seeing on security at MWC.
First up, the big news: AirWatch (a partner of Enterprise Mobile) just won Enterprise Software Best in Show, awarded by the GSMA, who is the organizing body of MWC. Considering that AirWatch is one of the leading providers of enterprise mobile management and security solutions, it’s clear that security is a top priority. Blackphone has also been getting a lot of media coverage on its Android-based operating system, which is designed to allow users to communicate securely and protect privacy. It has software support from the creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), which is the most widely used email encryption software in the world.
A brand-new approach comes from Samsung with KNOX, the company’s security solution for Samsung devices in the enterprise. It has been Samsung’s standard practice to “wrap” apps in the KNOX container, ensuring that only secure and tested apps interact with enterprise data. Wrapping also helps preferred business apps get easily approved on smartphones and tablets, and it protects apps from viruses and malware. Now, Samsung has just announced KNOX 2.0 with notable changes. For the first time, KNOX 2.0 will deliver the same security benefits without the need to wrap. That means that the whole app installation and management process will be streamlined and easier to implement. It will be possible to download original, unwrapped apps through Samsung Apps and through Google Play Apps when accessed through a mobile device management console.
I’ve been impressed by the attention paid to mobile device security here at MWC. Stay tuned for more highlights in days to come. And don’t forget to register for our recap webinar, taking place on March 4th.
February 26, 2014
Posted by Marco Nielsen in Events
Mobile World Congress kicked off with a bang, and the impact of yesterday’s announcements will no doubt be felt by the enterprise. One of the most exciting parts for me is hearing about all the new devices: smartphones, tablets, wearables. Whether your organization issues corporate-owned devices, follows a BYOD policy or both, it’s essential you know the capabilities of any device your employee might find themselves holding. This is the future of how we are going to connect, personally and at work. Here are a few that stood out.
Samsung is a big player this year with the number and quality of new devices. It just unveiled its newest smartphone, the Galaxy S5, due to be released in April. The phone features advanced camera software and a 16-megapixel camera. It also has an Ingress Protection rating of 67, meaning it is completely dustproof and fairly waterproof. A fingerprint reader is built into the home button and a heart monitor sensor is below the camera on the back. The Samsung Gear 2 is the current smart watch accessory for your mobile device, with a recently updated operating system and a faster processor.
The Samsung Gear Fit is a fitness tracker wristband device. It has a large interactive display with touchscreen input. Like the Galaxy S5 itself, the Gear Fit incorporates a heart rate sensor in addition to a pedometer and gyroscope. It’s waterproof and its battery should last three to four days on a single charge. Like the Gear 2, you need a Samsung phone to take full advantage of the Gear Fit.
Side note: it’s fun to see the 2014 predictions we made around wearable devices coming true!
Many other companies are showcasing new products as well. Interestingly, even though Nokia was recently acquired by Microsoft, the Nokia X smartphone is running Android. However, the user interface looks similar to the traditional Windows phone. The Xperia 2 is the latest version of Sony’s phone and tablet, which won best in show last year. This version is very light, thin, and waterproof. In terms of storage, SanDisk introduced a 128 GB microSD card for mobile devices. Now, in a very small form factor—the size of finger nail—you can hold 75,000 photos or 24 hours of video.
Those are just a few of the impressive announcements that we’ve heard so far. I’m looking forward to three more days here, and sharing other upcoming highlights from the event. Don’t forget to register for our recap webinar, taking place on March 4th.
February 19, 2014
Posted by Marco Nielsen in Events
In just a few days, I will be flying to Spain to attend the mobile event of the year. From February 24 to 27, Barcelona will host Mobile World Congress (MWC), the largest annual gathering of senior mobile professionals. Attendance will be at an all-time high with more than 72,000 participants already registered, up from 67,000 last year. And it truly will be a “world” congress with 202 countries represented.
Mobile World Congress is not just big—it is the most important event in the mobile industry according to 82 percent of attendees. The four-day event will be packed with presentations, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and cutting-edge product and technology exhibitions. Daily keynote speakers will include high-profile presenters such as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the CEO of IBM, Virginia Rometty.
I will be right there on the front lines, networking and reporting back on the ever-changing trends in the world of enterprise mobility. I am looking forward to meeting mobile device management vendors and talking to car manufacturers—a group that is moving toward more mobile connectivity in its industry. The latest technologies in mobility will also take center stage, such as Tab Pro products from Samsung or the new mobile platform from Ubuntu.
One of the event’s highly anticipated topics is the Internet of Things, and how it will affect the enterprise. Consider this: there are now about twice as many devices connected to the Internet as there are people on the planet. Cisco Systems predicts that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020—these devices won’t be limited to smartphones and tablets, and increasingly all devices will talk to each other. Related workshops will include How the Connected Lifestyle Will Transform Industry; Smart Cities; and Smart Buildings. From wearable devices to industry consolidation, we know that mobility is changing. What impact will this have on business management, infrastructure, and security?
For many attendees, the most exciting aspects of MWC are the product launches and this year will be no exception. Samsung announced a presentation called Unpacked 5, which has generated speculation that they will unveil a new Galaxy S5 smartphone. Another anticipated device that will be revealed is the Blackphone, which will run an Android-based operating system and will allow users to communicate securely with personalized privacy controls that extend to phone calls, texts, stored files, video chats, and Internet browsing. Though the device is being marketed to individual consumers, these types of products pose questions about the importance of bring-your-own-device policies and the increasing interest in privacy and security in mobility.
I will keep you updated while I’m in Barcelona and share the latest and greatest of what’s unveiled at MWC. Check back here for the most recent updates. I’ll also be live-tweeting from @entmobile using #MWC14.
When I get back, I will share a more in-depth recap of the event. Register here for this informative webinar, taking place March 4. Hasta pronto!
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