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AT&T Forms The New Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group
By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor
AT&T Inc., a provider of telecommunication solutions and wireless, WiFi (News - Alert), high-speed Internet and voice services, has announced that it is creating a new group within its Business Solutions unit.
The group will accelerate the delivery of advanced mobile applications and solutions for traditional and emerging devices to businesses, governments and organizations of all sizes. The new group will be known as 'Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions' and will co-ordinate with the already existing Emerging Devices Organization of AT&T (News - Alert), which focuses on devices that are wirelessly enabled for consumers.
According to industry experts, more and more U.S. businesses are increasingly depending on mobile applications. The research firm IDC (News - Alert) claimed in a study that over 450 million customers were using mobile Internet in the year 2009, and the number is expected to more than double by the end of 2013.
The number of business subscribers of AT&T that deploy integrated devices has been tripled within the last two years, and the company has seen a 60 percent increase in business subscribers in the year 2009 itself, as a growing number of industries, including manufacturing, financial services, consumer packaged goods, retail, trade, construction, transportation, government education and healthcare have been selecting "enterprise-class" devices and applications.
Michael Antieri will be the president of the new Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions unit of AT&T, who will be responsible for the development, sales and deployment of mobile applications and solutions for organizations whose workforces and customers rely upon connected devices for carrying out their usual business operations. Antieri, a 31-year company veteran will head the unit focusing upon delivering mobility solutions for the industries, which will be assisted by developers and third-party providers in co-innovating and delivering applications in a network and cloud-based environment.
Antieri noted that very few players in the industry have the breadth of AT&T assets and the capillary density of AT&T's distribution channels to reach out and touch customers across of the enterprise, small business and government spaces. Building upon AT&T's already successful Emerging Devices Organization, the new unit will work closely with the AT&T EDO team to harness their strengths and investments, and work with businesses to mobilize their applications, transform their business processes and capture the potential opportunities that M2M technology offers, Antieri added.
According ot Ron Spears, President and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions, companies today are more mobile than ever, traveling to clients, working from remote locations, using devices to communicate while on the move, and wirelessly connecting devices to each other.
In March 2010, AT&T launcheda GPS-enabled USB modem, the USBConnect Velocity from Option, with an Option GPS Control Panel for putting a location into services such as Yahoo and Bing.
Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri