Article (YourStory.com) – Teachers, tablets and technology: what India’s education truly needs

A startling revelation by the Unified District Information System for Education once again showed the shambles in which the Indian education is. Maharashtra, as an example, has a whopping one lakh teachers with the highest qualification of just Class X. If this is the condition in what is regarded by some as the most developed State in the country, one shudders to think how it is in the less developed and remote areas of the country. Continue reading “Article (YourStory.com) – Teachers, tablets and technology: what India’s education truly needs”

Top 5 Capabilities that IoT Providers Can’t Do Without

In the last five years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been a topic of great discussion, speculation, prediction and a lot of hype. The IoT market consistently grew in 2015 and 2016 and is expected to continue its growth through 2020. While the research firm Gartner has a conservative estimate projecting a growth of 20.8 billion connected by 2020, Cisco’s estimate posts a figure at a whopping 50 billion with the scope of connections including tires, roads, supermarket shelves and even cattle. Continue reading “Top 5 Capabilities that IoT Providers Can’t Do Without”

Press Release (Yahoo Finance): Sharp Middle East Partners With Mobiliya to Offer a Comprehensive End-to-End Solution to Educational Institutions

DUBLIN, IRELAND–(Marketwired – Mar 8, 2016) – At GESS 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Sharp Middle East and U.S.-based Mobiliya. The MOU will enable both companies the means to offer world class solutions to teachers, students and parents in schools and universities.

Educational institutions who install Sharp’s intelligent touch boards or digital display monitors, can benefit from Mobiliya’s Edvelop — a comprehensive digital classroom learning platform, available for educators, Continue reading “Press Release (Yahoo Finance): Sharp Middle East Partners With Mobiliya to Offer a Comprehensive End-to-End Solution to Educational Institutions”

MEF Meets the Members @MWC 2016

Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we visit as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. This week meet three companies from across our diverse global membership, AVG Technologies, Mobiliya and VUMobile.

MOBILIYA – KRISH KUPATHIL, CEO

Article (ConnectedWorld.com): New Rugged Mobile Solution for Enterprise

Today’s workforce relies on mobile devices and enterprise-ready apps, but devices and apps are not always up to the task. A new partnership aims to go above and beyond standard, consumer-grade capabilities to offer businesses the most rugged hardware paired with highly manageable and secure software. Continue reading “Article (ConnectedWorld.com): New Rugged Mobile Solution for Enterprise”

Article (Mobile Ecosystem Forum): 10 Ways That Mobile Changed Education Forever

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know pretty well how workplaces have evolved. From being chained to their workstations to working on the go, this generation is the age of the mobile office. People work from practically everywhere these days – homes, coffee shops, lounges, restaurants, flights and loos. Such is the trend that, recently, a multi-national real estate company based out of London with 21 offices across Europe, Middle East and Africa announced that there would not be any assigned desks for their employees across any of its offices. And just so that we have the statistics backing us too, here is what Gartner states:

By 2018, 50 percent of team communication and coordination will be driven by mobile group and collaboration apps. What is triggering this radical transformation is the emergence of various enterprise technologies, collaboration and communication tools, cloud-based document management and web-based support services.

The Rise of Virtual Offices

The workforce today is dominated by 20-somethings who are mobile-driven, tech savvy and more collaborative. Shared documents, online meetings, video conferencing, IMs and collaborative platforms have given rise to a digital workplace which means that employees can work and interact with each other across locations and geographies. Personal and work spaces overlap, and employees can now be seen attending business calls even as they babysit at home. Mobile devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones are the ‘arsenal’ that drive these virtual workspaces. Businesses looking to go global are smiling through this rise of virtual workspaces. They can cut huge office rental costs, source talent and target markets from across the world.

However, it is not all as rosy as it looks. Mobile devices, especially when employees are using personal devices to work, are emerging as the biggest threats to enterprise data security. If you are a CIO or an IT admin, you are probably already sulking by now. Problems like mobile apps not available across platforms, infrastructure policies like single sign on, VPN and unencrypted data on personal devices are some of the problems that the CIO is dealing with while building an effective workplace. The phrase “there is an app for everything” is still not applicable in the enterprise space, where users are still only able to access their emails on phones.

Additionally, companies should stop obsessing about mandatory eight-hour shifts. This needs to be replaced with an “outcome” based approach where the employee focuses on finishing a set of tasks rather than the time spent on the task.

The 3M Strategy – Manage Manpower, Machines and Mobiles

Most business owners and IT heads are still stuck with the mobile device management (MDM) solutions of yore. However, workplaces are far more than just mobile devices. Today’s enterprises must have extensive manageability platforms that allow them to secure and manage all machines, mobile devices and manpower in a single click. From remotely managing, locking and wiping employee devices to enforcing a range of enterprise policies, IT teams must have a fool-proof security net. As for the employees, they need to escape the technicalities and hassles of on-boarding and chasing IT teams every time their personal apps are lost. Enterprises must manage devices such that employees can set up personal and enterprise profiles on their devices and switch between them seamlessly.

Enterprise mobility solutions should also be tailored to enhance efficiency of machines and manpower and in turn enhance business productivity. Floor managers and admins should be able to track the performance of all the machinery and assets across different plants and units. Any break down or snag must send an instant notification so that the admin can alert the ground staff and get them to fix it, thereby reducing downtime and making them more efficient. Likewise, manageability solutions should be closely tied with manpower management. Every time field executives from the sales department go for a client visit it should track their location, calculate the total distance traveled and total clients closed, and then automatically map it against reimbursements and incentives to be disbursed by the company.

Move Over Android

However much Android claims to be enterprise-ready with versions like Android for Work or Android M, not much has changed as far as enterprise security is concerned. As the enterprise mobile scenario becomes complex, CIOs and IT teams need to set up a fool-proof data security network. Custom operating systems are the next step that will provide a distinct edge to specialized MDM solutions and enterprise data security mechanisms and policies. Encrypting corporate data and devices gives a security blanket to key data residing on your phone or your memory card.

As the world moves increasingly towards even faster 4G networks, mobile workspaces will only evolve. It is estimated that by 2018 global mobile traffic will reach an annual run rate of 190 exabytes. In 2013, this rate was just 18 exabytes—a phenomenal growth trajectory driven primarily by the emergence of smarter devices and technologies. It is time to upgrade to launch into MWM 2.0 (Mobile Workspace Management) to brace for yet another phenomenal shift.

ABOUT AUTHOR

Krish Kupathil is the CEO of Mobiliya Technologies, an AgreeYa Mobility company, which delivers cutting edge leadership mobility solutions from cloud to devices. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Mobiliya Technologies delivers targeted and differentiated smartphones and tablets, an enterprise-grade Android platform, flexible and customizable device management, an enterprise mobility platform and a collaborative e-learning platform. A veteran of the mobile engineering industry and authority on enterprise mobility, Kupathil has been published and quoted in renowned publications such as Tech Crunch, Slashdot, Training Magazine, Modern Infrastructure, WIRED’s Innovation Insights, Small Business Computing and TechTarget.