When CRN set out to look at how major channel-facing vendors are honing their mobility strategies for our mobility issue, we based our discussion on a few dominant trends. First, smartphones and tablet PCs are here to stay. Second, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon is very real: IT managers throughout the world must now wrestle with how to enable, optimize and secure mobile devices their employees are choosing themselves. Third, there’s a legitimate channel play behind the types of challenges those first two trends are creating, and that’s why when we talk about different products like Cisco’s Cius or Wyse’s Pocket Cloud, or the latest RIM BlackBerry or Google Android phones, or the mobile security reach of Symantec or Webroot, we’re having, at a macro-level at least, the same discussion.
The vendors and channel partners that can connect all those dots will be the big winners in the mobile era. Here are just a few.