A Case Study in EMM-to-UEM Market Evolution Highlights the Coming of Security-centric Endpoint Management

E. Parizo

E. Parizo

Summary Bullets

• EMM vendors, responding to the convergence of traditional and mobile endpoint technology, are driving the emergence of unified endpoint management.

• With mobility becoming ubiquitous, enterprises want to deliver users a consistent, secure endpoint experience, regardless of what device they use, where they’re located and who owns the device itself.

As detailed in our recent market advisory report, Ubiquitous Mobility and the Coming Transition from EMM to UEM, the rapid evolution of enterprise mobility management products in response to the convergence of traditional and mobile endpoint technology is driving the emergence of a new market segment called unified endpoint management (UEM).

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SD-WAN as Intent-Based Networking: Opportunities Abound

M. Fratto

M. Fratto

• Proscriptive network configurations work well, but they are static and unwieldy and don’t really reflect what IT wants or users expect.

• For many organizations, SD-WAN will be their first contact with intent-based networking, which can open many opportunities.

Admit it, you really want your computers to do what you want, not what you say, but computers are really only good at doing what you tell them—nothing more and nothing less. That paradigm has driven all of our human-computer interactions, including how IT systems are designed and operate. Read more of this post

The Embedded SIM: How It Is Making the Customer King

I. Grant

I. Grant

Summary Bullets:

  • The long-term nature of industrial IoT connectivity is forcing carriers to consider the lifetime value of customers and adapt their pricing accordingly.
  • Enterprises are using ‘network unaffiliated virtual operators’ (NUVOs) to disintermediate MNOs and cut costs, and new SIM technology is helping NUVOs to optimize coverage for their customers.

As cloud and IoT become the dominant models for ICT, it is increasingly obvious that the networks are only a means to customers’ ends. Big beasts though they are, telcos are merely part of an ecosystem that supports customers. As such, the lifetime value of a customer who stays inside a telco’s ecosystem is higher than the one who churns after his two-year smartphone contract ends. Smart telcos are changing their business models to reflect this. Read more of this post

SDN Is Not an Iteration, It Is Innovative

M. Fratto

M. Fratto

Summary Bullets:

• Innovation doesn’t mean the technology has to be net new. It just has to significantly change a direction.

• SDN has had and will continue to have a significant impact on enterprises and vendors for years to come.

SDN is many things to many people and the answer to the question “What is SDN?” will vary depending on who you ask. In fact, I’d say that SDN has become so overloaded that it has lost its meaning. But unlike my friend Greg Ferro, who thinks SDN is not an innovation, it’s iteration, I think SDN is innovative—or at least parts are—but more importantly, SDN unlocks innovation. Read more of this post

IIoT Survey Shows Deployments Are Still Small and Predominantly Local or Domestic

K. Weldon

K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • A Current Analysis survey completed in April shows that most IoT deployments are under 2,500 devices regardless of region or company size
  • The survey also showed that most deployments are domestic or local; only 28% cross country borders for regional or global use cases.

A comprehensive survey focused on enterprises that have deployed IoT solutions was completed by Current Analysis in April 2016. Among the large number of interesting trends were the relatively small number of devices deployed by respondents and the local nature of most deployments, regardless of company size or region. For example: Read more of this post

Forget Data Quality, What We Need Is Decision Quality

B. Shimmin

B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • In our rush to capitalize upon big data, we have come a long way in ensuring that our decisions are based upon the most recent, complete and trustworthy data.
  • However, we have not yet applied those lessons to the human heart, which must suffer the slings and arrows of cognitive bias.

I think it’s safe to say that we have achieved a workable level of data democratization within the enterprise wherein business stakeholders, not just data scientists, can access and act upon data. When lightweight data discovery and visualization tools entered the scene a few years ago and began breaking down the barriers between those two constituencies, things looked a bit treacherous. How could we be sure everyday business users had the right data, selected the right chart or drew the right conclusion? Was it really a good idea to let ‘Joe User’ meld data from a personal spreadsheet with information that has been carefully curated within a data warehouse? Read more of this post

IBM Scores Key Mobile Advantage with New SAP Cloud Partnership

C. Dunlap

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • IBM has a key advantage in the SAP cloud partnership to further its Bluemix and MobileFirst agendas.
  • MADP vendors will heavily market platforms/tools against the homegrown native development alternative.

Last week, IBM and SAP expanded an existing cloud partnership involving IBM’s cognitive, cloud, and Power Systems offerings and the SAP HANA Business Suite or S/4HANA. The partnership centers around complementary technologies including analytics, cloud, and business apps. Also key to the partnership will be IBM’s ability to further its agenda in broadening its market presence for PaaS and MADP, now targeting SAP’s core business apps customers, particularly at a time when SAP has downplayed its innovation and market strategy pertaining to its own platform and mobile services, sold in the form of SAP Mobile Platform (SMP) and HANA Cloud Platform Mobile Services (HCPms). SAP has made significant effort promoting its Fiori and Splash tools (please see “MWC16: Application Platform Vendors Dominate Internet of Things and Mobile Messaging,” March 2, 2016), but has released minimal updates around its mobile application platform and HCP services. Read more of this post