5G Use Case Demos: How Different Operators See the Future

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

• At Mobile World Congress Americas and at the AT&T Business Summit, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T showcased their latest (or their splashiest) planned 5G use cases.

• While many of these applications are still in trial mode, they demonstrate the kinds of use cases key operators envision will be possible and compelling as 5G become ubiquitous enough for enterprise adoption.

At recent events, including Mobile World Congress Americas and the AT&T Business Summit, operator booth demos were dominated by 5G use cases, probably because they make the splashiest demos and point to the future of what may be possible rather than the more sedate set of offerings in the market today.
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Alibaba Cloud Adds an Application PaaS Solution via the Terminus Acquisition

S. Soh

Summary Bullets:

  • The acquisition of Terminus has given Alibaba Cloud an attractive application PaaS solution that it can take to market and help to boost cloud adoption in China.
  • The Terminus PaaS is evolving and it has a strong roadmap; the multi-cloud approach is a crucial factor when Alibaba Cloud extends the solution internationally.

Terminus and Its Application PaaS

Terminus is a Chinese software provider founded in 2012 with a strong focus on addressing the needs of retail, procurement, and the supply chain functions. The company was acquired by Alibaba, and its products are now offered based on Alibaba Cloud while retaining the Terminus product brand. The Terminus team remains intact and is driving product development, but tapping into Alibaba’s ecosystem, go-to-market machinery, and its infrastructure and technologies to accelerate business expansion. Continue reading “Alibaba Cloud Adds an Application PaaS Solution via the Terminus Acquisition”

Augmented Reality Growth in the Enterprise: What Will 5G Bring?

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Use of augmented reality (AR) is growing in the enterprise, but 5G is expected to light a fire under the still-nascent technology.
  • A recent AT&T hackathon on AR coupled with 5G highlights some novel approaches and use cases we hope to see grow over the next few years.

Augmented reality is the use of technology that superimposes a computer-generated image (generally a 3D one) on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. AR in the enterprise is already growing, but not as fast as might be expected. It is often showcased by companies such as PTC, which has an end-to-end design and development suite based on its Vuforia acquisition. PTC highlights the ability to remotely train technicians, enliven marketing demos with the ability to show prospects new products in granular detail, and provide off-site instructions along with 3D visual overlays for on-site maintenance engineers as they fix machine components. Since 5G does not yet play a role in these kinds of use cases (i.e., 4G LTE seems to be fast enough to demonstrate and use them), it makes one wonder what faster access, ultra low latency, and network slicing will add. Continue reading “Augmented Reality Growth in the Enterprise: What Will 5G Bring?”

The Beginning of the SD-WAN Era in Malaysia

A. Amir

Summary Bullets:

  • TM has been offering SD-WAN since November 2018, but Maxis’ launch of its service last month marked the beginning of the real competition.
  • More carriers, integrators and resellers are expected to join the bandwagon, driven by customer demand.

SD-WAN in Malaysia

SD-WAN is not new; it has been around in the market globally for several years, offered by various providers such as carriers, system integrators and value-added resellers. The ecosystem is maturing, with a growing number of vendors and new capabilities having been developed (e.g., multi-vendor interworking, overlay-underlay integration, more virtual network services, network-cloud convergence). However, the market is only beginning to gain momentum in Malaysia. Telekom Malaysia (TM), the fixed-line incumbent provider in the country, launched the service in November last year, offering its customers two vendor options. The provider has not been aggressive in the market with its SD-WAN services due to the risk of losing its business from the legacy data services (e.g., IP VPN, Ethernet, Dedicated Internet) as well as the lack of competition. While there are smaller telcos, value-added reseller and system integrators such as RedTone, ViewQwest, Netpoleon, LNS and BreitKom in the market, its major competitor – Maxis – only launched SD-WAN last month, while Time has yet to offer the service. Continue reading “The Beginning of the SD-WAN Era in Malaysia”

Verizon’s 5G Analyst Event Details Strategy and Showcases Use Cases

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Verizon held an analyst event to highlight its 5G strategy for enterprises and demo a set of ‘real-world’ 5G applications.
  • The demos were credible and interesting, with some showcasing a very strong 5G value proposition.

Verizon’s 5G analyst event on September 4 at the operator’s Innovation Lab in Waltham, MA combined a presentation by Senior Vice President for Enterprise Innovation and 5G Solutions Toby Redshaw with a series of demos of 5G enterprise-focused applications. The event was aimed at giving analysts an updated perspective on Verizon’s approach to the market and showing that 5G applications are truly different from 4G applications due to the capabilities of the new network to support higher bandwidth, immersive experiences, and low latency. Continue reading “Verizon’s 5G Analyst Event Details Strategy and Showcases Use Cases”

GlobalData Tracks the Evolution of the Enterprise IoT Platform Market

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

• Over the past year, changes in the market have led to changes in GlobalData’s rankings of the top ten enterprise IoT platforms.

• While SAP leads the pack, IBM, PTC and AWS are close behind; each vendor has added capabilities. Analytics, edge processing, go-to-market plans, and integration with other elements of vendors’ portfolios contributed to higher scores.

GlobalData has just completed its analysis and rankings of the top vendors in the Enterprise IoT platform market. For the complete report see here – vendors included are Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Google, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, PTC, and SAP.

Over the last 12 months, the enterprise IoT platform market has evolved; new capabilities were added by vendors, new partnerships established, changes were made in go-to-market strategies, and some vendors have largely dropped out of contention. The most significant example of such a change in direction was GE’s decision to sell off its Digital division last year, which included its Predix IoT platform, in spite of the fact that it was considered a strong contender in the manufacturing sector. For this reason we have eliminated GE from our analysis. Continue reading “GlobalData Tracks the Evolution of the Enterprise IoT Platform Market”

Are CBRS-powered Private Nets a Threat to Operators?

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

• Operators and network infrastructure providers are vying to provide enterprises with “private” in-building networks that use cellular alternatives to WiFi (4G LTE and 5G), for advanced speed, reliability, security, and low latency.

• The supplier ecosystem for private nets is already crowded, and now Amazon and Google are among the applicants for 3.5 Ghz CBRS shared-spectrum management licenses. Enterprises can also apply for licenses themselves.

CBRS is a wireless technology that operates in three tiers: Tier 1 is used by the Navy, DoD, and by military satellites, while the other two tiers are for commercial use. Applicants can apply for: a Priority Access License (PAL), a non-renewable three-year license to use a 10MHz channel within the 3500-3650MHz portion of the band, in a limited geographical area. They can also apply for General Authorized Access (GAA), which is unlicensed, like WiFi, and provides dynamic allocation of available 100MHz channels so that access does not interfere with communications in the higher tiers. There are also applications for Special Temporary Authority (STA) to use the technology for testing purposes. Continue reading “Are CBRS-powered Private Nets a Threat to Operators?”

Will Low-Code Development Take Over App Modernization Projects?

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • New low-code app development platforms are leveraging AI to make apps more intuitive by providing recommendations during guided user interactions.
  • New low-code platforms address the application lifecycle, including speeding the process of app development, integrations, and automating workflow controls.

New complex development architectures, a shortage of professional software developers, and the need to modernize customer-facing apps quickly have increased pressure on DevOps development teams to accelerate software delivery. As a result, the concept of low-code application development tools has received heightened attention. New offerings are being rolled out with AI integrations, making the software even more intuitive and providing non-coders with even more clout in helping companies create business-to-consumer (B2C) apps with advanced capabilities. Continue reading “Will Low-Code Development Take Over App Modernization Projects?”

TM ONE Smart Services: End-to-End IoT Solutions Tailored for Local Needs

A. Amir

Summary Bullets:

  • TM ONE leverages its wide ICT capabilities, research and development, and local knowledge to offer IoT solutions and gain a competitive edge in the market by addressing the needs of domestic enterprises.
  • However, the applications offered are limited and there are still gaps in its platform features compared to others in the market.

IoT in Malaysia and the Main Inhibitor

IoT has become a business need rather than a good-to-have technology. With benefits such as reducing operational expenditure, the technology is implemented by enterprises across verticals as a new solution or a replacement of the existing process. In Malaysia, the IoT deployment is growing, driven by the manufacturing sector, which accounts for over 80% of the country’s total exports and 23% of the GDP. However, overall adoption is still low, mainly due to the high solution cost and intangible business case, as revealed by a recent study done by GlobalData. For example, the labour and utility costs are low in the country, making it challenging for enterprises to justify the investment needed to implement IoT solutions. An IoT solution that replaces a human role needs to cost less than the minimum annual wage in the country (US$3,100) before the enterprise can start seeing the cost benefits. In another example, a solution that offers 25% of energy reduction from street lights offers savings of only US$20 per light, per year. While the benefits are proven and promising, the total investment required for end-to-end IoT solutions (connectivity, devices, platform, security and services) is often higher than the cost benefits a solution can offer in Malaysia. Continue reading “TM ONE Smart Services: End-to-End IoT Solutions Tailored for Local Needs”

At Last, We Can Bid a Fond Farewell to Microsoft’s Troubled Skype for Business Online

B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • Starting on September 1, 2019, Microsoft will begin onboarding new Office 365 users directly into Microsoft Teams, in essence removing the option for customers to run both Teams and the soon-to-be-retired Skype for Business Online.
  • Though somewhat extreme, this migration plan has been coming on for some time now, frankly ever since Microsoft introduced Microsoft Teams in 2017.

Via blog post earlier this week, Microsoft made the wholly unsurprising announcement that it would officially retire its long-term messaging solution, Skype for Business Online, on July 31st, 2021. Unlike many similar migration plans, where rival products can linger for years after closure, Microsoft does not intend to let Skype for Business Online slowly fade away. Continue reading “At Last, We Can Bid a Fond Farewell to Microsoft’s Troubled Skype for Business Online”