Mobility

  • Get Mobile or Die, CompTIA Mobility Community’s Third ‘Rumble in the Mobile Jungle’ Concludes

    by Daniel Margolis  | April 04, 2014
    There was a little friendly competition going on in the Mobility Community meeting at CompTIA’s Annual Member Meeting at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, Calif., this week. The meeting featured the “Rumble in the Mobile Jungle” (the community has hosted such a debate twice before, including at ChannelCon last year; click here to read all about it). This rumble was moderated by Ryan Morris with Ryan Morris with Morris Management Partners, who also served as host of the rumb ...
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  • ChannelTrends: Can Solution Providers Really Make Money with Mobility?

    by Brian Sherman  | March 27, 2014
    New technology doesn’t always translate to a fantastic business opportunity when a new idea is first introduced. It often takes months — if not years — for solution providers and vendors to evaluate innovative new portfolio options. Due diligence is imperative for anyone trying to build a viable technology business practice, but the vetting process for a mobility specialization can be particularly long and arduous. Some attribute it to the complexity of the devices and applicat ...
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  • The End-User: the New Center of the IT Universe

    by Seth Robinson  | March 19, 2014
    Recently, I have been focusing on the amount of disruption caused by technology trends such as cloud computing and mobility. This isn’t a unique idea — other organizations recognize this change as well and have introduced concepts such as the fifth era of business transformation or the shift from information technology to enterprise technology. My own thoughts line up closely with IDC’s notion of a third platform, where the first two platforms are represented by the mainframe a ...
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  • Expect to be Amazed at the CompTIA Annual Member Meeting

    by Brian Sherman  | March 19, 2014
    It’s that time of year when a literal who’s who of channel professionals gather to take on some of the industry’s biggest opportunities and concerns. CompTIA’s Annual Member Meeting convenes April 1 in sunny San Diego with a full slate of interactive group discussions, thought-provoking presentations and numerous networking opportunities. Attendees will also get to partake in this year’s IT Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner, as Robert Faletra and S ...
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  • House Passes Cell Phone Unlocking Bill — But There’s a Catch

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | February 28, 2014
    This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1123, “the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.” The text included a last-minute addition that limited the right to unlock a cell phone to the individual purchaser. This was in contrast to a previous version of the bill that CompTIA supported, one that did not have a distinction between the individual purchaser and businesses that wish to engage in what is referred to as bulk cell phone unlocking for resale purpos ...
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  • Smart SMS Strategies for MSPs

    by Mark Sondergaard  | January 13, 2014
    If you’re searching for ways to improve the technical services you offer your clients, look no further than the mobile phone. More than nine out of 10 American adults own one, according to a 2013 study by the Pew Research Center, and while only half are smartphones, nearly all have the capability to receive text messages. In contrast to overlooked email blasts and fliers, text messages grab eyeballs: Research by UK-based mobileSQUARED, which interprets and analyzes mobile research and data ...
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  • Wireless Companies Endorse Cell Phone Unlocking, Now Congress Must Act

    by Matthew Starr  | December 19, 2013
    Last Thursday, CTIA, a trade association that represents the wireless industry, announced that five of the nation’s largest wireless providers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon) have agreed to a voluntary set of principles that promote the rights of consumers to unlock their cellphones and tablets. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, it should only be viewed as a first, and certainly not a final, step towards allowing consumers to use their devices a ...
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  • Tech Data Channel Link Event Boasts Dollars, Change and The Woz

    by Kate Hunt  | September 24, 2013
    Several hundred Tech Data partners showed up to connect, share and learn at the hardware and software distributor’s Channel Link Partner Conference on September 17 to 19 at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, CA. But they weren’t there to share for sharing’s sake. This community has some valid reasons for coming together. Here are just a few of them:  Changes are afoot everywhere. Tech Data and its key vendors and partners are actively working to redefine themselves in ...
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  • Mobility: Profit Center or Skynet Infrastructure?

    by Daniel Margolis  | July 31, 2013
    The centerpiece of the CompTIA Mobility Community Meeting on day one of ChannelCon was billed as the “Rumble in the Mobile Jungle” and it was as combative as that sounds. With Ryan Morris, principal consultant at MMP Inc. serving as referee, Michael Toto, director of strategic global alliances and alternate channels at Verizon, Kyp Walls, director of product management at Panasonic, and Scott Barlow, vice president of worldwide sales at Reflexion Networks, sq ...
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  • ChannelTrends: Charting the Future Course for Mobility

    by Brian Sherman  | June 05, 2013
    Remember the old fallacy that men never use or even carry roadmaps? That misconception may have held more meaning in the past, when printed charts and written directions were the only option for travelers. Modern technologies such as GPS and other direction applications have all but invalidated that sentiment, as both genders ditch the Rand McNally paper version for its virtual equivalent. That doesn’t mean roadmaps are completely out of style. While the paper versions that help drivers fi ...
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  • Get Mobile or Die, CompTIA Mobility Community’s Third ‘Rumble in the Mobile Jungle’ Concludes

    by Daniel Margolis | Apr 04, 2014
    There was a little friendly competition going on in the Mobility Community meeting at CompTIA’s Annual Member Meeting at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, Calif., this week. The meeting featured the “Rumble in the Mobile Jungle” (the community has hosted such a debate twice before, including at ChannelCon last year; click here to read all about it). This rumble was moderated by Ryan Morris with Ryan Morris with Morris Management Partners, who also served as host of the rumb ...
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