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The Latest in Unified Communications and Black Friday Reports

November 29, 2010

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In lieu of the biggest shopping day of the year, IBM came up with its third annual Black Friday Benchmark Report, which revealed that the U.S. online retail sector delivered double-digit growth on Black Friday 2010, compared to the same period last year.

The report is based on the data collected from the web sites of more than 500 leading U.S. retailers.

According to the report, consumers appear increasingly savvy about their favorite brands' social presence, and are turning to their networks on social sites for information about deals and inventory levels. While the percentage of visitors arriving from social network sites is fairly small relative to all online visitors it is gaining momentum, with Facebook dominating the space.

Online sales were up 15.9 percent, with consumers pushing the average order value up from 170 dollars to 190 dollars for an increase of 12.1 percent. Consumers are also embracing mobile as a shopping tool. On Black Friday, 5.6 percent of people logged onto a retailer's site using a mobile device, a jump of 26.7 percent compared to the prior Friday.

Also hot on the wire today, Absolute Software Corporation recently introduced Absolute Manage Mobile Device Management for iOS 4 devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. Customers can wirelessly over 3G or WiFi networks, configure, query, and even wipe or lock managed devices through the integration with the Apple iOS4 platform. IT administrators can do their work from a Mac or a PC and there's no need to invest in additional hardware.

Without the need for extra hardware or software infrastructure, Absolute Manage customers can manage PCs, Mac computers and now iOS 4 devices from a single, comprehensive user interface in a PC or Mac infrastructure with the addition of MD.

Absolute Manage MDM features include Asset Inventory, Data & Device Security, Remote Provisioning, Absolute Apps, and End User Messaging. Absolute Manage MDM for iOS 4 is now available as a standalone product or as a component of Absolute Manage. This allows the users to gather more than 60 hardware and software data points such as serial numbers, MAC addresses and phone numbers.

Stefanie Mosca is a Web editor for unified communications. Previously she worked as a freelance copy editor for Digital Surgeons LLC. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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