DALLAS, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* continues to deliver and implement mobile solutions for business and organizations domestically and internationally with the Advanced Mobility Solutions organization experiencing strong growth and customer traction.
AT&T saw 17% growth in smartphone sales and 139% growth in tablet sales to business customers from the end of Q4 2011 to the end of Q4 2012. With more businesses purchasing connected devices, businesses are also in turn reaping the benefits of mobile applications to empower their employees on the go.
"Instead of purchasing standalone applications, companies are looking for help in developing a mobile strategy, spanning mobile device management, application creation, bring-your-own-device solutions and security," said Chris Hill, Senior Vice President, Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "As of the end of 2012, more than 54,000 of AT&T business customers are using mobile solutions that go beyond devices and network services."
"The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Mobility Services, Q1 2013" report indicated AT&T in the Leader category noting, 'AT&T has strong end-to-end mobility services offerings, especially for buyers in healthcare, financial services, energy, manufacturing, retail and consumer packaged goods, public sector, travel, and hospitality. As a telecommunications provider, buyers will benefit from being able to get bundled services that stretch into device and network management1'.
MDM Customer Momentum
AT&T has also experienced strong traction with its mobile device management solutions (MDM), with a 140% year over year increase in MDM deals in 2012 compared with 2011. AT&T delivers carrier-agnostic solutions for multiple device operating systems spanning mobile applications, mobile device management and mobile workspace management.
The City of Redlands Police Department, located about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, California, uses AT&T MobileIron VSP (Virtual Smartphone Platform) to manage and deploy voice and data services for their mobile devices. The Department wanted to streamline communications to the field while reducing costs.
"There is no way to administer hundreds of smartphones and tablets for the department without using a management platform," said Travis Taniguchi, Criminologist for the City of Redlands Police Department. "The AT&T MobileIron VSP platform allows us to control access to our virtual private network, deploy the correct applications, and manage system updates. We have been able to significantly increase our efficiency – tasks that previously were done at headquarters can now be completed in the field, saving hours or even days of delay."
Avantair, an air travel company headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, introduced tablet computers equipped with ProntoForms™ from AT&T for on-board document access and data entry. Utilizing ProntoForms, the company quickly created dozens of electronic forms for pilots to use when they are on the ground. To help manage its data in a highly-secure fashion, Avantair chose MobileIron VSP from AT&T as its mobile IT platform. The tablets connect to their back-end systems, giving near real-time two-way transmission of flight information and operating updates. The solution cuts out wasted time and bulky paper piles, and it enhances the security of data while improving the invoicing workflow by weeks.
In a recent Current Analysis Global Managed Mobility Services Report2, AT&T was rated a "Leader", citing AT&T's ability to offer the most comprehensive portfolio of service, increased momentum and market maturity, and a well thought out vision and future service/product roadmap.
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1 "The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Mobility Services, Q1 2013, Analysis Of 13 Global Leaders' Capabilities And How They Stack Up", Forrester Research, Inc., February 15, 2013
2 2013 Current Analysis Global Managed Mobility Services Report, January 2013
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