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Enterprise mobility news recap: April 13 – 17

  • Maddie Cook By

A large telecom acquisition and a new program aimed to secure the hybrid cloud

The #MobileGameChanger stories are continuing and the wearable market is expanding – both in analytics and Apple Watch sales. The mobile tec(h)tonic plates continue to shift, especially considering a $16.6 billion acquisition announced earlier this week.

  • A large acquisition is underway in the telecommunications industry. On Wednesday, Finnish telecommunications company Nokia announced its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, a French telecom company. As reported by The Guardian, President Francois Hollande announced France’s support of the acquisition earlier this week. For more information on the numbers, read Forbes’ breakdown of the $16.6 billion deal.
  • VMware announced a new solution this week that will address security concerns in the hybrid cloud. Noah Wasmer of VMware explained the big picture of NSX network virtualization and its collaboration with EMM and desktop virtualization in this video.
  • E-commerce analytics have reported high numbers in Apple Watch pre-order sales. Exactly a week ago, Apple began accepting orders for the Apple Watch. Slice Intelligence reported that day one sales reached almost one million watches. Read more on Quartz about the Apple Watch e-commerce analytics Slice Intelligence has collected.
  • The Seattle Sounders professional soccer team attributes its success to analytics collected from players’ wearables. Chris Henderson who is director of Sounders Sporting says that monitoring the players allows the team “to optimize their performance, keep them healthy, and not get anyone injured.” Read more about the different wearables the Seattle Sounders wear on GeekWire.
  • The latest featured #MobileGameChanger is Girls’ Day School Trust. A year six student, Zahra, describes her use of iPads in the classroom as fun and engaging. “I think it grabs my attention a bit more and makes the learning more fun, especially for an 11 year old girl like me,” she says.
  • Android for Work has officially launched on Google Play. Announced in March, AirWatch shared its involvement with the Google program to help separate work and personal data and applications. Now with the app in the Playstore, as ZDNet shares, IT admins can begin using the program.
Maddie Cook

Maddie Cook

Maddie has a variety of journalism experience as a science and technology reporter, editorial editor and production manager. As a writer for the AirWatch blog, Maddie looks forward to being a resource for mobility professionals.

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