Go Mobile, Or Go Home
One message hammered home during COMDEXvirtual is that mobility is transforming business, and VARs need to start thinking of how applications support mobile platforms, provisioning those applications and the security of applications and the devices.
"As mobile line-of-business applications are being embedded in businesses, the networks that the mobile devices are depending on are no longer optional. [Cellular service] needs to work in your buildings," said Ed Carmody, mobile business solutions director for Axispoint.
Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, an analyst firm in Campbell, Calif., added: "Today the demands are getting access to information anytime, anywhere, and the industry has begun to respond with hardware, software and infrastructure to support this demand."
To make mobility easier, the panel recommended IT control and manage the mobility process; consider the wireless environment; weigh integration partners and examine how OSes and applications will be rolled out.