Why you shouldn’t allow cheap tablets in your workplace

by Joey deVilla on December 30, 2014

black friday shopping

This year’s Black Friday offered some amazing deals for tablet shoppers. Even outside bargain season, there are a number of tablets that retail for under $100, but on the most recent Friday after Thanksgiving, you could — if you were able to beat the crowds to the shelves — pick up a tablet for under $50.  On one level, that’s nothing short of amazing: you’re getting the power of a laptop computer from a couple of years ago for about the same cost as a family of four to go to the movies. On another level, it’s frightening, because cheap tablets have a nasty little secret.

cheapest tablets worst security threats

The good thing and bad thing about Android devices is that just about any manufacturer can build and sell them. The good thing is that this approach has created a large ecosystem of devices at all price points, from top-tier models like HTC’s Nexus 9 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S to a wide array of cheap tablets that you can get via AmazonWalmart or even your neighborhood drug store for under $100. The bad thing is that it’s resulting in a market of products at all levels of quality, from best-in-class to nightmarishly horrible. In order to sell tablets to the lower end of the market, something’s got to give, and more often than not, that “something” is quality control.

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While poor hardware quality control is more likely to affect the owners of devices who bring them to work, it’s poor software quality control that businesses who allow the use of personal devices for work have to watch out for. The problem isn’t with the Android operating system itself, but in the way that vendors install the operating system and modify it to work with their devices, as well as the add-ons and applications that they install on their devices to differentiate themselves from the others. You’re generally safe with the more expensive tablets from “name” vendors like Samsung and HTC, but once you go into off-brand cut-rate territory, you’ll encounter things like:

  • operating systems that haven’t been patched for vulnerabilities,
  • operating systems with modifications that either bypass or weaken the built-in security measures,
  • misconfigured security settings, and
  • malicious software and intentional security holes designed to allow unauthorized parties to access and take control of the device.

Now imagine giving these compromised devices access to your corporate systems. Each cheap, poorly-secured device on your network adds to the “attack surface” — the total of all the different points where an attacker can use for unauthorized entry — that malicious parties can use to access your data and resources.

How vulnerable are cheap tablets?

cheap tablet general rule

The short answer: Very. The long answer is below.

The San Francisco-based mobile data security company Bluebox decided to test the security of a number of tablets — a couple of premium ones (the HTC Nexus 9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite) as well as a variety of sub-$100 tablets that were hyped in this year’s Black Friday sales — by running their new app, Trustable, on them to see what it would report. The app is available for free on the Google Play store, and running it on an Android device generates a trust score ranging from 0 to 10 (with 10 being the most trustworthy) that factors in such things as:

  • Known system vulnerabilities on the device,
  • insecure configurations that are the fault of the device vendor,
  • insecure configurations that are the fault of the device user, and
  • number of applications installed on the device, both by the vendor and the user.

As you can see in the table below, the Nexus 9 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite were rated as “trustworthy” by Trustable. The cheaper tablets didn’t do as well on their security tests:

Device Black Friday Price Trust score Notes
HTC Nexus 9 $399.99 10 (trustable) No known vulnerabilities, security back doors, potential to have its data stolen via USB, or security misconfigurations that are the vendor’s fault.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite $99.99 8.6 (trustable) No known vulnerabilities, security back doors, potential to have its data stolen via USB, or security misconfigurations that are the vendor’s fault.
Nextbook (Walmart) $49.00 7 (semi-trustable) Ships with the FakeID and Towelroot vulnerabilities.
RCA 7 Mercury (Target) $39.99 6.9 (semi-trustable) Ships with the FakeID and Towelroot vulnerabilities.
Mach Speed Xtreme Play (Kmart) $39.99 6.5 (semi-trustable) Ships with the FakeID and Towelroot vulnerabilities.
Pioneer 7″ (Walmart) $49.99 6.4 (semi-trustable) Ships with the Master Key and FakeID vulnerabilities.
Ematic (Walmart) $39.99 6.3 (semi-trustable) Ships with the Master KeyFakeID and Towelroot vulnerabilities.
Mach Speed Jlab Pro (Staples) $49.99 6.1 (semi-trustable) Ships with the FakeID and Towelroot vulnerabilities, as well as vulnerability to data theft via USB.
RCA 9 Gemini (Walmart) $69.00 5.8 (semi-trustable) Ships with the Master KeyFakeID and Towelroot vulnerabilities.
Craig 7″ (Fred’s) $49.99 5.5 (semi-trustable) Ships with the Master KeyFakeID and Towelroot vulnerabilities.
Worryfree Zeepad (Walmart) $47.32 4.4 (suspicious) Ships with the FakeID and Towelroot vulnerabilities, a security back door, vulnerability to data theft via USB, and security misconfigurations that are the vendor’s fault.
Polaroid (Walgreens) $49.99 2.7 (suspicious) Ships with the HeartbleedMaster KeyFakeID and Towelroot vulnerabilities, a security back door, and security misconfigurations that are the vendor’s fault.
Zeki (Kohl’s) $49.99 2.1 (damned suspicious) Ships with the FakeID and Towelroot vulnerabilities, a security back door, vulnerability to data theft via USB, and security misconfigurations that are the vendor’s fault.
Digiland (Best Buy) $49.99 Too insecure to measure Ships with the Towelroot vulnerability, a security back door, and security misconfigurations that are the vendor’s fault.

The folks at Bluebox discovered that:

  • Almost all the cheap tablets had two vulnerabilities — weak points in the operating system that have been discovered and used by malicious parties — called “FakeID” and “Towelroot” (the folks at Bluebox call it by another name, “Futex”). FakedID is a weakness that allows a program to pretend that it’s a trusted program and thereby gain privileges that an untrusted program wouldn’t otherwise have, and Towelroot can give an unauthorized program “root” or administrative privileges, allowing it complete control of the device, These vulnerabilities are the product of operating systems being so complex that it’s all too easy to unintentionally leave a weak point in them that someone motivated enough to do so will eventually find them. Google, the people behind Android, regularly make “patches” — fixes for these errors — available, but it’s up to the vendors to incorporate them into devices that they’re manufacturing, and to push these updates to their devices “in the wild”. The bigger, pricier tablet vendors are pretty good about this, but the off-brand purveyors of bargain-bin tablets? Not so much.
  • Many of the cheap tablets also shipped with the “Master Key” vulnerability, which makes it possible for a maliciously-modified app to pose as the original. The folks at Bluebox figured this out, and responsibly disclosed it to Google. Google has posted a fix for this problem, but it’s up to Android device vendors to make sure that they use this fix. Once again, the high-end vendors have done so, while the cheaper ones may get around to it someday.
  • Some of the cheaper devices came “out of the box” with less-secure security configurations. These settings allow the user to install apps from sources other than Google Play, which also allows the installation of apps from malicious sources.
  • A few of the devices came pre-installed with “back door” software. Back door applications are software specifically designed to run without the user’s knowledge or approval and allow certain malicious parties who know how to access them gain entry into a system. The cheapest of the cheap tablets had these installed and lying in wait.

Don’t let people use their Black Friday bargain tablets for work!

where your cheap tablet should go

People are starting coming back to work from the holidays, and some of them may want to use the bargain tablets they picked up for themselves or got as a gift for work. Don’t let them!

If you do allow the use of personal devices at work, make sure that you:

  • Have a policy that clearly specifies platforms and devices that are approved for work use, and make sure that bargain mobile devices are clearly disallowed. They’re often more vulnerable thanks to cut-rate quality control,
  • Explain the risks involved in using cheap devices to access corporate resources, whether at the office, on the go, or at home,
  • Use mobile device management to ensure that mobile devices used for work are configured properly, and
  • Take advantage of security software like Bluebox’s Trustable (once again, it’s free) to see how trustworthy your mobile devices are.

this article also appears in the GSG blog


Have a safe and happy holiday!

santa - ufo crash

All of us at GSG would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday. We’d rather you didn’t get in the situation pictured above!

Save on great last-minute gifts at O’Reilly: 50% off ebooks and training videos and 40% off print books

oreilly books

O’Reilly make a good number of go-to books and videos for programmers, but they have a great selection of business books as well! Better still, they’re on sale for 50% off in electronic form (which you can get right away) or 40% off in print form until Friday, December 26 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern (GMT-5) / 5:00 a.m. Pacific (GMT-8)! Some notable books from their collection are:

  • Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: If you hate leading presentations and public speaking, this book is for you! Author Karen Hough debunks over a dozen myths about presenting, explains how practicing in front of a mirror makes you worse, why you should never end with questions, and tells stories about people who not only were able to become great presenters by being “bad” but actually came to enjoy it! Follow her wise and witty advice, and you’ll be able to tear up the old rules and embrace and develop your own style. You’ll be freed to be a living, breathing, occasionally clumsy human being whose enthusiasm is powerful and infectious.
  • The Discomfort Zone: The Discomfort Zone is the moment when the mind is most open to learning. Author Marcia Reynolds says that it can prompt people to think through problems, see situations more strategically, and transcend their limitations. This book shows how to ask the kinds of questions that short-circuit the brain’s defense mechanisms and habitual thought patterns. The results: people are freed to find insightful and often profound solutions and get around the mental roadblocks holding them back. It features exercises and case studies will help you use discomfort in your conversations to create lasting changes and an enlivened workforce.
  • Rebels at Work: Ready to stand up and create positive change at work, but reluctant to speak up? True leadership doesn’t always come from a position of power or authority. By teaching you skills and providing practical advice, this handbook shows you how to engage your coworkers and bosses and bring your ideas forward so that they are heard, considered, and acted upon.
  • The Connected Company: In a world with social media, when your company’s performance runs short of what you’ve promised, customers can seize control of your brand message, spreading their disappointment and frustration faster than you can keep up. To keep pace with today’s connected customers, your company must become a connected company. That means deeply engaging with workers, partners, and customers, changing how work is done, how you measure success, and how performance is rewarded. It requires a new way of thinking about your company: less like a machine to be controlled, and more like a complex, dynamic system that can learn and adapt over time.
  • Who Kidnapped Excellence? This book has only 5-star reviews on Amazon and explains personal and organizational excellence in the form of a crime thriller. Excellence (personified) has been kidnapped, and Leadership pulls together a team made up of Passion, Flexibility, Communication, Competency, and Ownership to carry out the rescue. The problem: Average may be trying to replace that team with lesser people: N. Different, N. Ept, N. Flexible, Miss Communication, and Poser.

At half price and in ebook form, many of the books go for just above 10 bucks apiece. Just go to shop.oreilly.com and use the discount code HDPDNY at checkout!

Samsung starts mass production of chips that will reduce the gap between smartphone power and laptop power

samsung 8 gigabit ram chips

If you take a look at Best Buy’s selection of laptops, you’ll see they currently start at 4GB RAM, which these days is considered to be the minimum for running today’s operating systems and applications. Today’s smartphones currently have at most 2GB of RAM (and iOS devices are getting a lot of bang out of a mere 1GB). This is expected to change in the coming year as Samsung ramps up their production of their latest RAM chips, which have twice the capacity of their current best chips, and consume only 60% of the power.

The gap between mobile devices and laptops has been closing for some time. If you’d like to know more, check out our infographic, which you can also download from Pinterest:

2014's mobile tech vs 2010's laptops

A blue Christmas for Samsung’s flagship store in London

samsung london store closed

Photo by Najeeb Khan. Click to see the source.

London’s flagship Samsung Experience store, located in the Westfield Stratford City shopping center, has closed its doors permanently. As one of the two large Samsung shops in London, it was meant to be the go-to place to try out — and hopefully, buy — Samsung devices. However, with Samsung dropping out of the laptop business in Europe, their losing mobile sales to nimbler, cheaper Android competitors, and given the high price of London real estate, they had to close shop.

There are still a number of smaller Samsung stores in the UK, and so far, the company still has plans to open 60 new retail locations in Europe. We’ll have to see what happens with them in the new year.

iPhone 6 demand is strong, and supplies are surging just in time for the holidays

iphone 6

Gene Munster, an analyst with investment bank/asset management company Piper Jaffray reports that there’s good news for Apple investors and people who want an iPhone 6: demand for Apple’s newest, largest phones is strong, and Apple’s supply chain seems able to meet that demand. Here’s what he has to say about the demand:

We conducted a survey of 1,004 US consumers. Of those looking to purchase a smartphone in the next three months, 50% said they plan on purchasing an iPhone vs. 47% in September, following the iPhone 6 announcement. By comparison, demand for the iPhone decreased from 50% in Sep-13 to 44% in Dec-13 following the iPhone 5S launch. Overall we believe this shows that consumers are extremely interested in the larger screen iPhone 6, a testament to the strength of the current upgrade cycle.

And here’s his take on the supply:

While supply of the iPhone 6/6 Plus has been constrained since launch, our store checks suggest that supply is improving. In our checks of 80 Apple retail stores at the end of last week, we noted that 77.6% of stores had iPhone 6 units in stock vs. 56.1% of stores in the prior week.

Zacks Investment Research is also bullish on Apple, with analyst Eric Dutram calling the company the “Bull of the Day”, based on their 2015 prospects, which will include the release of the Apple Watch.

this article also appears in the GSG blog


GSG’s infographics on Pinterest

by Joey deVilla on December 22, 2014

gsg on pinterest

Click the graphic to visit GSG’s Pinterest board for infographics.

You might not know that GSG (where I work) has a Pinterest board featuring infographics that explain, cover, and simplify all sorts of information about the world of telecom and mobile with graphs and pictures. I took some of the dullest, driest, most coma-inducing reports, articles, and white papers, gleaned whatever useful information was in them, gave them context and sharp graphics and unleashed them on the world. Give them a look!

(Don’t know what Pinterest is? It’s one of the most popular social media sites, geared towards sharing pictures grouped by topic. The Atlantic has an interesting take on it.)

The easiest way to get to GSG’s Pinterest is to use this easy-to-remember URL: bit.ly/gsgpinterest. We update it quite often with material gleaned from our blog posts, white papers, and presentations, so be sure to visit it regularly.

this article also appears in the GSG blog


Infographic: The next three years in mobile

by Joey deVilla on December 19, 2014

The next three years in mobile preview

I recently listened to IDC’s FutureScape: Worldwide Mobile Enterprise Applications and Solutions 2015 Predictions webinar, taking copious notes along the way. While you should always take industry analyst predictions with an appropriately-sized grain of salt, these predictions seem to be based on observations that match patterns that I’ve seen across GSG’s customer base and in enterprises in general.

Starting next year, the next three years in mobile for the enterprise will see the more mobile apps with a stronger focus on “mobile first”, more spending on mobile, IT departments and internal development teams reorganizing themselves to adapt to an increasingly mobile computing world, and a need to manage the increased business and security risks that come with the territory.

We took what we felt were the most important take-aways from their webinar and turned them into an infographic, which we’ve posted below:

The next three years in mobile

Click the infographic to see it at full size.

this article also appears in the GSG blog


What a difference 20 years makes!

by Joey deVilla on December 15, 2014

1994 vs 2014

Mind you, laptops still do things that smartphones can’t, thanks not just to their processing power, but their form factor as well, and tablets fill a Newton-like role. However, having just spent the weekend at various amusement park areas in Orlando and doing some people-watching while there, I can say with certainty that the bulky old-school cellphone, walkman, watch, still and video camera have been supplanted by the smartphone.


ibm mobilefirst and ios

Back in July — a mere five months ago — Apple and IBM announced their partnership to create enterprise apps for iOS, which goes by the name MobileFirst. The idea was to combine Apple’s iOS, the preferred mobile operating system in the enterprise, and back it with IBM’s enterprise development expertise and cloud-based big data and analytics.  The first fruits of that collaboration were announced today: a set of apps catering to businesses in the fields of air travel, banking and financial services, insurance, retail, and telecom. The apps are designed to be customized for individual companies by IBM, and they’ve already signed on some notable customers including Air Canada, Banorte, Citi, and Sprint.

If you’re used to enterprise software looking like this…

enterprise software

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…you may be pleasantly surprised by the MobileFirst apps, which take the enterprise number-crunchery you expect, but pair it with the sort of user interface that you expect from good iOS consumer apps. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber had the same thought:

These don’t look like “enterprise” apps. They look like regular apps — really good ones, the sort of apps Apple would choose to feature in the App Store. This was a huge question I had about this deal. Great design is fundamental to what sets iOS apart, and what has enabled iOS to lead the post-PC disruption of the entire consumer computing industry. Would great UI design play a part in this IBM/Apple enterprise endeavor? Looks to me like the answer is yes.

IBM is a partner of the company I work for, GSG; they offer the GSGCloud solution for managing mobile as part of their complete mobile IT package, and from one partner to another, let me say this: Nicely done!

We’ve posted a gallery of the first 10 apps below, complete with the screenshots and official descriptions for each app. You may also want to take a look at the official galleries posted by both partners; here’s Apple’s and here’s IBM’s.

Travel and transportation apps

Plan Flight

plan flight

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“With the Plan Flight app on iPad, pilots have access to systems of record to help them estimate the fuel for their upcoming flights with even more accuracy than ever before. Prior to flight, the pilot gets a summary of airport traffic, flight, and weather information right on iPad. This intuitive app lets pilots calibrate and view different fueling scenarios in seconds, without any paper calculations or calls to air traffic control. With this powerful iOS app, pilots can make well-informed decisions that yield significant reductions in wasted fuel and its associated costs.”


passenger plus

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“With the Passenger+ app, flight attendants have a powerful tool to help them deliver a whole new level of customer service for passengers who experience delays. With iPad in hand, flight attendants can identify VIP passengers, see who’ll be missing connections, and view up-to-the-minute alternative flights to rebook passengers — all while in flight. Passengers receive a new boarding pass via email and can add the confirmed reservation to Passbook on their iPhone. This innovative app empowers flight attendants to make traveling less stressful for travelers.”

Banking and financial markets

Advise & Grow

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“Small-business bankers now have a powerful tool to help their clients in a big way with the Advise & Grow app on iPad. Wherever the client meeting may be, bankers have visibility into relevant account information on the spot. Client financial and credit data, customer profiles, and competitive analysis are available on tap, with all the number crunching going on behind the scenes in real time. Never before has banking been so convenient for the small business owner — with more time to discuss the bottom line.”

Trusted Advice

trusted advice

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“iPad and the Trusted Advice app are transforming personal finance with fast access to a robust set of financial data available on demand with a simple, intuitive user interface. Empowered with a sophisticated portfolio-modeling tool on iPad, wealth advisors can meet with their clients anywhere and offer informed guidance based on deep financial analysis. Visually rich graphics and charts enhance a great iOS experience. The app enables wealth advisors to build trust while clients build their portfolio.”




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“Keeping current on client policies just became easier with the Retention app made for iPhone and iPad. Insurance agents can take quick action on priority situations, including unpaid premiums, missing information in applications, and updates on claims and life events. By showing recommended actions up front, the app helps ensure that insurance policies stay up to date while transaction times are reduced — so more policies are dispositioned in less time.”


Case Advice

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“The Case Advice app made for iPad is transforming how social workers handle cases throughout the entire process. By enabling social workers with all the relevant historical records, assessment data, and industry guidelines in a simple, intuitive iOS app, they can make more informed decisions and influence better outcomes at the point of engagement. With Case Advice on iPad, social workers have the new capability to manage their clients on the go, freeing them from a traditional paper‑based process.”

Incident Aware

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“With the Incident Aware app, police officers can know each other’s whereabouts with greater insights in emergency situations. When law enforcement officials receive an emergency call, responders can go in with a bird’s-eye view of the scene’s perimeter that includes GPS map data, the location of those involved in the incident, and live video feeds updated in real time on their iPhone devices. This powerful and intuitive app can even access police records to calculate risk, letting other law enforcement stakeholders know where and when other responders will appear. With awareness of the situation as it unfolds on iPhone, law enforcement officials can make far more informed, safety‑conscious decisions.”


Sales Assist

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“With the Sales Assist app for iOS, sales associates can quickly become trusted fashion advisors for in-store customers. Using iBeacon technology with iPad, a shopper’s whereabouts on the store floor is easily identified so he or she can be found and helped quickly. Sales associates can look up inventory, suggest clothing based on previous purchases, and even offer accessories to complement a look. If a product is not in stock, the Sales Assist app can locate the item and confirm shipping on the spot. It’s a fresh way of enabling every sales associate to become a personal shopper for anyone who walks in the store.”

Pick and Pack

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“Retail stores now have a quick, easy way to streamline order fulfillment with the Pick & Pack app. Wherever they are in the store, sales associates have real-time access to the product information they need to serve their customers — including product location and availability, right on iPhone. This time-saving mobile app lets the sales associate select multiple items and find them quickly with a mapping of where the items are located within the store using iBeacon technology. Staging the items for store pickup or delivery completes the sale in no time. It’s a win-win for both retail stores and shoppers.”


Expert Tech

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“iPad and the easy-to-use Expert Tech app are putting game-changing efficiency in the hands of field service technicians. At daybreak, technicians can select a service vehicle and the inventory they need to best complete their work orders, right on iPad. En route to jobs, maps and traffic data help service technicians plan and reach their destinations faster. And onsite with customers, they can view tech specs, diagnostics, and video tutorials. If technicians need real-time support, an experienced colleague is a tap away with FaceTime. The Expert Tech app on iPad brings collaborative tools, location-based services, and online knowledge to an entire workforce of field service technicians.”

this article also appears in the GSG blog


mobile trends 2015

The London-based IT/telecom analyst firm Ovum have highlighted five trends for the coming year based on their 2015 Trends to Watch: Enterprise Mobility report. They expect that enterprise mobility will continue to be one of the hottest IT topics, and that these trends — which we’ve summarized below — will have the biggest impact on businesses in 2015:

mobile mismatch

Many IT departments still operate as if we’re still in the 1990s, when technology options were “trickle-down”, and people’s work technology options were wholly determined by IT. They’re still wrapping their heads around consumerization, the rapid changes in mobile technology, shrinking budgets, and employees who want more say in the technology they use to get their jobs done. Ovum predict that this situation — a mismatch between what companies are providing and what their employees want in mobile technologies and their use — will continue for some time.

byod - more managed

According to Ovum’s report, BYOD will start its evolution from informal and unmanaged to taking a more formal, managed approach. This change will be helped along by improvements in device management solutions and better support models and policies for the use of employee-liable devices for work. Companies with special security needs — financial organizations are one example — may choose to adopt a hybrid corporate-liable/employee-liable approach, where employees who access highly sensitive data and corporate resources on their mobiles do so on corporate-liable devices, while those who don’t are free to use their personal devices for work (with the requisite security measures in place, of course).

emm become strategy

As a relatively new addition to most companies’ technology portfolios, mobile has been treated as an add-on rather than as a mainstay technology. At the start of the smartphone era, this approach made sense, but as we close in on the 8th year since the introduction of the iPhone, it’s time to treat mobile as a technology that’s just as essential to getting work done as desktops, laptops and servers. Ovum predict that many companies will treat enterprise mobility management (EMM) as part of a wider “workspace” strategy, with the goal of enabling employees to get their work done any time, anywhere, and on any device.

senior execs get involved

Mobile devices found their way into the workplace the same way that PCs did: through eager early adopters bringing personal technology that they loved to work. Senior execs eventually saw the benefits of these “toy machines” and got more involved in their proliferation in the workplace. Ovum believe that the same thing will happen with mobile in the workplace: once driven by passionate technology fans, its more formal adoption and deployment in the office will be increasingly influenced by bosses.

more mobile-centric

SMEs — small-and-medium-sized enterprises — and the vendors that sell to them should expect 2015 to be more mobile-centric, Ovum say. They see a “long tail” of demand for mobile devices and services from SMEs, but it’ll be tricky: SMEs generally don’t trust service providers when it comes to delivering IT services.

putting it all together

Taken together, the practical take-aways from these trends according to Ovum senior analyst Richard Absalom are:

  • Just as companies stepped in and developed IT policies and practices for PCs after they grew from early-adopter rarities to office mainstays, they need to start to do the same for mobile devices if they haven’t done so already.
  • Companies need to look for ways that mobile devices, apps, and services can efficiently and securely connect to corporate “endpoints”, ranging from email, contacts, and calendar to line of business applications, all in the service of enabling “any time, anywhere, and on any device” work.
  • Mobile management providers will need to:
    • Grow their selection of features and services. As mobile devices and apps become more sophisticated, carrier data offerings improve, mobile computing needs increase, and the trend towards outsourcing non-core competencies such as mobile IT continues, demand for mobile services will grow, and mobile service providers who capitalize on this trend early by having a wide array of offerings will reap the rewards.
    • Build effective partnerships. Large global organizations are feeling the pain from all the changes that mobile technologies bring, but they won’t bring their problems to just anyone — they also need service that’s delivered continuously, consistently, and globally. One way for service providers to do this is to form partnerships that allow them to focus on their own strengths, while expanding their offering by capitalizing on their partners’ strengths.

this article also appears in the GSG blog